2013 Annual Meeting

The  2013 annual meeting will be held at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC on November 16th. Rudy Mancke will be the featured speaker.  A field trip led by Rudy will follow lunch.

INVASIVE ALERT: Fig Buttercup documented in SC

jkm130409_105bFig Buttercup has recently been found in Greenville County. Never heard of it? Try Lesser Celandine. It may be in the gardening catalog on your kitchen table, promoted as an easy-to-grow alternative to the rare native Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris).

This is SC’s first documented sighting of Ficaria verna growing outside of cultivation. It is a vigorous plant that emerges in early Spring before most natives, forming a green blanket which, once established, native plants cannot penetrate. Toothworts, Dutchman’s Breeches, Trout Lily, Trillium and Bloodroot are some of the natives most at risk.

jkm130415_342jkm130415_350It produces numerous tubers and bulblets, each of which can grow into a new plant when separated from the parent by animals or well-meaning weed-pullers, or carried downstream. Its bright buttery yellow flowers were in full bloom here in early April — an infestation looking like a green carpet with yellow dots, growing in low open woods, floodplains, meadows and waste places. After flowering, its above-ground parts die back and are mostly gone by June; it survives the winter as thickened fingerlike underground stems.

jkm130409_113bThis is a very serious and challenging pest, and it is important that we do everything we can to prevent its establishing a beachhead. Its short life cycle offers very little time to attempt control.

jkm130409_186bChemical pesticides can be effective, but are best used early before natives and amphibians have emerged. Small infestations can be tackled by hand digging with a small trowel, but soil disturbance can encourage further infestation. If digging is attempted, care must be taken to bag every scrap of plant, and make sure they are completely dead before delivering to a landfill.

SCNPS_Ficaria_FactSheet_colorLearn more at our March 18th meeting,
Under the radar: Fig Buttercup
download a fact sheet,
or visit these sites:
http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/rafi1.htm ,
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_010251.pdf ,
and www.namethatplant.net/article_ficaria.shtml

To see the Greenville County infestation, which spreads along 1.5 miles of Reedy River floodplain, download Conestee~Ficaria.pdf


green_500x6To learn more, please watch the video at


C.Ritchie Bell

Very sad – we have lost C.Ritchie Bell:  http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/03/12/2743174/c-ritchie-bell.html


–Steve Hill

Lowcountry – Spring Native Plant Sale List

Grasses and sedges
Chasmanthium latifolia        River Oats
Dichromena colorata            White topped sedge
Muhlenbergii capilaris          (purple) Sweetgrass

Asimina triloba                         Paw Paw
Callicarpa americana            American Beauty Berry
Calycanthus floridus              Sweetshrub
Chionanthus virginicus        White Fringetree
Conradina canescens            Wild Rosemary
Cornus florida                           Flowering Dogwood
Euonymus americana           Hearts a Bustin
Hydrangea quercifolia         Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hypericum frondosum         Cedarglade St. Johns Wort
Hypericum hypercoides     St Andrews Cross, St Johns Wort
Ilex cassine                               Dahoon Holly
Ilex glabra                                 Inkberry
Illicium parviflorum             Florida Anise, yellow
Itea virginica                           Virginia Willow
Leucothoe axillaris               Coastal Doghobble
Leucothoe racemosa            Fetterbush
Magnolia asheii                       Ashe Magnolia
Morella cerifera                      Wax myrtle
Rhododendron                        Atlanticum Coastal Azalea
Sambucus canadensis          Elderberry
Vaccinium corymbosum     Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium elliottii                 Elliott’s Blueberry
Viburnum obovatum            Walters Viburnum

Bignonia capreolata              Crossvine
Decumaria barabara            Climbing Hydrangea
Gelsemium sempervirens    Carolina Jessamine
Lonicera sempervirens        Coral Honeysuckle
Passiflora incarnata             Passionvine
Wisteria frutescens               American Wisteria

Aquilegia canadensis           Columbine
Asclepias incarnata              Swamp milkweed
Baptisia alba                            White Wild Indigo
Baptisia australis                   False Indigo
Borrichia frutescens              Sea Ox-eye Daisy
Chrysogonum virginia         Green and Gold
Clinopodium georgianum  Georgia Savory
Coreopsis auriculata            Dwarf coreopsis
Coreopsis lanceolata            Tickseed
Crinum americanum             Southern Swamp Lily
Echinacea purpurea              Purple Coneflower
Erythrina herbacea               Coral Bean
Eupatorium purpurea           Joe Pye Weed
Eurybia divaricata                 Wood Aster
Gaillardia pulchella               Gaillardia
Goodyera pubescens             Rattlesnake Plantain

Helianthus angustifolia                      Swamp sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides                      Smooth oxeye
Helianthus microcephalus                Small woodland sunflower
Hibiscus coccineus                               (red and white) Swamp Hibiscus
Hibiscus moschuetos                           Swamp Rose Mallow
Hymenocallis caroliniana                 Spider Lily
Iris crestata                                             Dwarf crested iris
Iris virginiana                                        Blue Flag Iris
Kosteletskya virginica                        Saltmarsh Mallow
Lobelia cardinalis                                 Cardinal Flower
Malvaviscus arboreus                        Turk’s cap mallow
Monarda didyma                                  Bergamot
Monarda punctata                               Horsemint
Oenethera fruticosa                             Narrowleaf Evening Primrose
Penstemon digitalis                              Beard’s Tongue
Phemeranthus calcaricus                  Limestone Fameflower
Phlox stolonifera                                    Creeping Phlox
Physostegia virginiana                       Obedient Plant
Pityopsis graminifolia                         Silver-Leafed Grass
Rhexia virginica                                    Meadow Beauty
Rudbeckia goldsturm                          Brown-eyed susan
Rudbeckia heliopsidis                         Sun Facing Conflower
Rudbeckia maxima                              Great coneflower
Rudbeckia subtomentosa                 Sweet Coneflower ‘Henry Iler’s’
Rudbeckia triloba                                Three-leaved coneflower
Ruellia humilis                                     Wild Petunia (low)
Salvia lyrata                                          Lyre leaf sage
Saururus cernuus                                Lizard’s Tail
Sisyrinchium angustifolium           Blue-eyed grass
Solidago rugosa                                  Fireworks goldenrod
Stokesia laevis                                     Stokes Aster
Symphyotrichum georgianum     Georgia Aster
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii        New York Aster
Tradescantia virginica                    Spiderwort
Viola sororia                                        Violet, common blue
Zephranthese atamasco                  Atamasco lily
Osmunda cinnamomea                      Cinnamon Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides            Christmas Fern
Thelypteris kunthii Southern          ShieldFern
Palms and Yucca
Sabal minor                                             Dwarf palmetto
Yucca aloifolia                                       Spanish Bayonet

*Species subject to change.

Lowcountry Spring Native Plant Sale

The Lowcountry Chapter will be having a plant sale on Saturday March 16th at Charles Towne Landing. 
9 am – 12 noon   (SCNPS members can shop at 8:30 !)
Get your spring planting started! Great selection of native plants and hard-to-find species. Cash or checks only. Admission to the plant sale is free. If you wish to explore Charles Towne Landing on your own, please pay admission in the visitors center.

Lowcountry — Fall Plant Sale Plant List!

The Lowcountry Chapter will be having a plant sale on Saturday October 6 at Charles Towne Landing.  Here is our “master list” of all the plants that will be available.  Come early, plants will sell out!

Carex pennsyvanica Pennsylvania Sedge
Chasmanthium latifolium River Oats
Muhlenbergia capillaris Sweetgrass
Muhlenbergia sericea Sweet Grass
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass
Schizachyrium scoparium Blue-Stem Grass
Spartina bakerii Sand Cordgrass
Asimina triloba Paw Paw
Callicarpa americana Beautyberry
Calycanthus floridus sweetshrub
Cercis canadensis Redbud
Chionanthus virginicus Fringe Tree
Diospyros virginiana American Persimmon
Euonymus americana Strawberry Bush
Hydrangia quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hypericum frondosum Cedarglade St. Johnswort
Hypericum hypercoides St. Johnswort
Itea virginica Virginia Sweetspire
Illicium floridanum Red Florida anise
Illicium parviflorum Yellow Florida anise
Ilex glabra Inkberry holly
Juniperus silicicola Eastern Redcedar
Leucothoe axillaris Coastal doghobble
Leucothoe racemosa Sweetbells
Sambucus canadensis Elderberry
Vaccinium corymbosum Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum obovatum Walters Viburnum
Xanthorhiza simplicissima Yellowroot
Aristolochia tomentosa Pipevine
Aster caroliniensis Carolina Aster
Bignonia capreolata Cross vine
Campsis radicans Trumpet vine
Decumaria barabara Climbing Hydrangea
Gelsemium sempervirens Carolina Jessamine
Lonicera sempervirens Coral Honeysuckle
Passiflora incarnata Passionvine
Wisteria frutescens Native Wisteria
Asarum canadense Wild Ginger
Asclepias incarnata Swamp Milkweed
Baptisia australis Wild Blue Indigo
Borrichia frutescens Sea ox-eye daisy
Canna flaccida Golden Canna Lily
Chrysogonum virginianum Green and Gold
Coreopsis auriculata Lobed Tickseed
Coreopsis grandiflora Large-flowered Tickseed
Coreopsis lanceolata Lanceleaf Tickseed
Croton puntatus Gulf croton
Crinum americanum Southern Swamp Lily
Dichromena colorata White Star Grass
Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
Eupatorium coeslestinium Wild Ageratum/Mistflower
Eupatorium fistulosum Joe Pye Weed
Eurybia divaricata Wood Aster
Gallardia grandiflora Indian Blanket Flower
Gallardia pulchella Blanket Flower
Helianthus angustifolius Swamp sunflower
Helianthus debilis Dune Sunflower
Helianthus microcephalus Small Woodland Sunflower
Heliotropium amplexicaule Clasping heliotrope
Heliopsis helianthoides Smooth Oxeye
Hibiscus coccineus Scarlet Rose Mallow
Hibiscus militarus Halberdleaf Mallow
Heuchera americana Coral Bells
Hymnocallis caroliniana Spider Lily
 Iris spp. Louisiana Iris
Iris fulva Copper Iris
Iris versicolor Blue Flag Iris
Kosteletskya virginica Scarlet Rose Mallow
Liatris spicata Blazing Star
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal flower
Mitchella repens Partridge Berry
Monarda didyma Bee Balm, Oswego
Oenothera drummondii Beach primrose
Oenothera riparia River primrose
Penstemon digitalis Beardtongue
Phemeranthus calcaricus Limestone Flower
Phlox stolonifera Creeping Phlox
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant
Rudbeckia heliopsidis Sun-Facing Coneflower
Rudbeckia maxima Great Coneflower
Rudbeckia subtomentosa Sweet Coneflower
Rudbeckia triloba Brown-eyed Susan
Ruellia caroliniensis Carolina Wild Petunia
Ruellia humilis Wild Low Petunia
Salvia lyrata Lyre Leaf Sage
Saururus cernuus Lizard’s Tail
Sisyrinchium angustifolium Blue-eyed Grass
Solidago rugosa Fireworks Goldenrod
Solidago sempervirens Seaside Goldenrod
Spigelia marilandica Indian Pink
Stokesia laevis Stokes Aster
Symphyotrichum georgianum Georgia Aster
Symphyotrichum laeve Smooth Blue Aster
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii New York Aster
Tradescantia virginica Spiderwort
Viola sororia Common Blue Violet
Dryopteris ludoviciana Southern Woodfern
Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnaman Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern
Palms and Yucca
Sabal minor Dwarf Palmetto
Serenoa repens Saw palmetto
Yucca aloifolia Spanish bayonet

SCNPS Board visits Gateway Site

SCNPS Board at GatewayThe board of directors of the South Carolina Native Plant Society, led by president Jeff Beacham, visited Gateway Elementary School in Traveler’s Rest, SC to view the site of a proposed restoration project. A colony of the rare and Federally endangered Bunched arrowhead, Sagittaria fasciculata, has been found on the property but is being threatened by storm-water runoff. Jeff reviewed storm-water abatement plans which SCNPS hopes to implement in the coming months. The proposed changes could protect the existing plants and significantly improve the habitat. SCNPS has applied for a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Native Plant Conservation Initiative grant to help with the costs of this project. Please stay tuned for updates!

Lowcountry: Successful Magnolia Plantation Workday

On Saturday June 16th the Lowcountry chapter had its first workday on our new trail at Magnolia Plantation. In our continuing partnership with the fine folks at Magnolia, we have adopted an established though little-used trail in the Audubon Swamp Garden. We have christened this The Halfway Habitat Trail. The idea behind this trail is that not only will we work on the trail but that, in the long run, this trail will work for us. It provides us with a location to place rescued plants where they can be utilized for both beauty and education. It also gives us a large-scale public service project that can be used to attract new people to our organization. Most importantly, we will be able to ‘farm’ these plants, providing local native stock for NPS projects, Magnolia Plantation and local native plant growers.

The trail itself is over 1200 feet long, winding between the shady rich wetlands along an old reservoir and higher dryer oak-beech woods. Along one of several ‘streams’ that the trail crosses we planted southern sugar maple, indian pink, trillium, mayapple, witch hazel as well as several types of fern.

All in all it was a great morning. The group was introduced to the trail, got their hands dirty and made a difference – an excellent beginning to a great project for the South Carolina Native Plant Society.

Lowcountry Chapter Community Projects

In an effort to provide increased opportunities for Lowcountry native plant conservation, the Lowcountry Chapter will be sponsoring community projects. Community projects must be directed at protecting, preserving, restoring, and/or educating the public about native plants or plant communities in the Lowcountry of SC. Individual award amounts will not exceed $500. Priority will be given to those projects involving: public land, cultural significance, rare species, and the removal of invasive species. Application deadlines: Fall proposals will be accepted until October 1st and awarded by Nov 1st. Spring proposals will be accepted until February 1st and awarded by March 1st. Lowcountry Chapter Community Project Application Details