Keep ’em Coming!

The unidentified plant images are coming in much more quickly because of the arrival of Spring!  I’ll try to keep up with identifying them all…

I hope you all will look at them and enjoy!

–Steve Hill

Plant identifications?


I just want to remind everyone that I am still available to attempt to identify any plants you may have from a digital image, here on this site. It has been slow this last year!  If you do not wish to put the image on our site, you can still send it to me privately at [email protected], and let me know if you want the answer to be private or not [you can also indicate that if you want to send it to the site].  I used to do all of them by email, and this current site was just a faster way to do it at times  – but I like to try to identify plants of most kinds on or off the site [not mushrooms, mosses, algae or other non-vascular plants, however] and you are welcome to send images to me.

I enjoy a challenge.

–Steve Hill [Ph.D Botanist]  SCNPS


Volunteers Needed: Sea Oat Rescue!

We will be removing approximately 1,000 plants from the footprint of the new nature trail on Sullivan’s Island and transplanting them to the newly re-engineered Folly Beach County Park.  We will begin at 9 am at Station 16 beach path on Sullivan’s Island and the first plants should arrive at Folly around 11am.  Bring shovels to both sites and pruners/scissors to Sullivan’s.  Come to either or both sites and take part in this great opportunity to help the SC Native Plant Society and our County Parks!


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: , ,

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


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C.Ritchie Bell

Very sad – we have lost C.Ritchie Bell:


–Steve Hill

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!