Lowcountry: The Ecology and Distribution of Native Azaleas in South Carolina

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Dr. Charles Horn, Newberry College

Ten species of the Rhododendron genus are known to be native in South Carolina.  Dr. Horn’s work over the last decade, through a study of herbarium material and field trips, has been to refine the identification, distribution, and ecology of these species.  The species are not difficult to identify when in flower and are distinguished by flowering time, flower shape, petal color, and presence/absence of glandular hairs.  Two species are evergreen and are common to the foothills, flowering during May and June.  Three deciduous species are early-spring flowering and have a wide distribution.  Five species flower May to July and can be distinguished by a combination of habitat and flower features.  One species, May-white azalea (Rhododendron eastmanii) is endemic to South Carolina.

Upstate meeting: Azaleas of the Southern Appalachians

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Join the Upstate Native Plant Society for “Azaleas of the Southern Appalachians” presented by Dr. Charles Horn.  The program takes place on Tuesday, February 20, 7:00pm, in Founders Hall at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC.
The event is free and open to the public.  Come at 6:30 pm for refreshments and socializing.  The program will start a 7 pm.  Go to www.scnps.org for more information.

Upstate Native Plant Sale

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SCNPS_UpstateSpringPlantSale2017 The Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9am to 1pm at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC.  The site is just a three minute drive south of I-85.

A  variety of native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns, and grasses will be available, including some hard to find species.  Native Azaleas will be featured at the sale.  Cash, check or credit card will be accepted.

The sale also includes guest vendors Natives, By George, Carnivorous Plants, Carolina Wild, Earthen Organics, Natives Plus Nursery, Natures Organics, and Wildside Garden.  In addition, Dr. Jan Haldeman will be on hand to give information on and show samples of non-native invasive plants.  A fine selection of books on native plants will be available for purchase.

Landscaping with native plants supports insects, including pollinators, and the birds who feed on them.  Go native this year to add beauty and  variety to your landscape.


map to site of Upstate Plant Sale at Conestee ParkTo volunteer to help with the Sale, click here!

To download a flyer (with a map) to share with others, click here!

To download a list of plants that the Society will have for sale, click here!
(This doesn’t include what the vendors will be bringing!)