“Wild Plants on the Rabbit” has been updated!

In Fall 2020, a 2nd edition was published, featuring an expanded map that includes the proposed Trail extension along the Laurens Road corridor and showcasing a few more plants!

SCNPS is pleased to announce
a 2nd edition of the popular
“Wild Plants on the Rabbit” —

SCNPS announces the second edition of “Wild Plants on the Rabbit”, a pocket-sized brochure showcasing native and naturalized plants on the highly acclaimed Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail. In addition to a few more plants, the revised brochure’s map includes the proposed Laurens Road corridor extension.

The 20-mile Trail allows people to get up close and personal with plants outside a cultivated setting. A common misconception is that a plant growing “wild” must be native to this area, but many exotic plants have established themselves along the Trail.

The brochure features over 100 trees, shrubs, grasses, ferns and wildflowers, with a photograph and a short description. SCNPS encourages people to use Wild Plants on the Rabbit as a checklist, checking off plants as they see them. Sharp eyes may spot Beardtongue, Trillium, Bloodroot, Devil’s Walkingstick, Cardinal Flower, Swamp Milkweed, Downy Lobelia, various Sunflowers, and even the small white flowers of the globally rare, federally protected Bunched Arrowhead!

Almost 400 species have been documented on the Trail. Visit https://SCNPS.org/swamprabbit for links to this more complete inventory and to submit photos for identification.

Wild Plants on the Rabbit brochures are free and available at Upstate Chapter events and at other outlets listed here — https://scnps.org/swamprabbit#a_outlets

A big thank you to our sponsors,
who help make projects like this possible!


The Importance of Native Trees

Furman University, Photo by Doug Lockard

By: Doug Lockard

You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to appreciate the benefit of trees.  Just look at the children, the birds, and the butterflies.  I always pause to consider the expression ‘preserving our way of life’ and how relevant that is when speaking of the conservation mission of the SCNPS and so many other great organizations.  Trees are quite literally a part of our ‘way-of-life’.  We humans and the wildlife so necessary to our own existence are imperiled hand-in-glove with that of our tree population.

Most of us are aware today that the incredibly rapid economic growth in the world, and that however unwittingly or unintentioned, that development has and continues to seriously degrade the earth’s capacity to sustain its plants and animals.  In doing so, we threaten our own well-being today and our children’s future.

This essay then, addresses the question we so often ask ourselves; “What can I do?”.

To read more visit: https://scnps.org/education/homeowners/the-importance-of-native-trees

Native Hikes Project

By: Doug Lockard

There are many wonderful trees native to our ecosystems here in South Carolina, and as such, are beneficial to the wildlife that evolved her alongside them.  This list below is compliments of the US Forestry Service here in our state.  These trees, if propertly planted, will very likely live longer, require less maintenance, and bring more benefit than the wide variety of non-native trees available commercially here.

White Turtlehead, Photo by Janie Marlow

My wife Patty and I love to hike at Paris Mountain State Park.  It’s close by and affords great cardio exercise in a beautiful setting.  We hike all the trails throughout the year, but our favorite is a combination we call the ‘Mutt Trail’.  It links four trail sections beginning in the upper parking lot, then proceeding north on the Brissy Ridge trail, then west at the intersection with Kanuga, and then south for a short piece on the Fire Tower Trail, and the last (and downhill) leg on Sulphur Springs back to the parking lot.  It’s about 3.3 miles with a gradient of only 195 feet (mostly on the second leg) and the signage is easy to follow. Because this trail combination is a virtual circle you get to experience a nice range of plant communities with their corresponding native plants that thrive in each.

Over the month of August, I began experimenting with a new picture identification phone app called ‘Picture This’ while hiking the Mutt Trail and I recorded over 75 native species with reasonable confidence.  It occurred to me that with a little help from others, we could map more trails throughout the Upstate with seasonal updates as part of an anecdotal observation project.  There are other plant identification aps we could also experiment with as part of the same project and compare notes on these as well.  If anyone is interested in this project, drop me a line at [email protected].  



Bublet Bladderfern Cystopteris bulbifera (2)

Greater Tickseed, Photo by Doug Lockard

Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides 

Western Brackenfern Pteridium aquilinum

Broom Forkmoss Dicranum scoparium

Common Hairmoss Polytrichum commune

Juniper Haircap Polytrichum juniperinum


Flowering Spurge Eujphorbia corollata


Basketgrass Oplismenus hirtellus Considered an invasive native

Beetleweed Galax urceolata

Blue ridge Blueberry Vaccinium pallidum

Butterfly Pea Clitoria mariana aka:  Atlantic pigeon wings

Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa

Bursting-heart Euonymus americanus aka:  Strawberry bush

Canada Giant Cane Arundinaria gigantea

Goldenrod Solidago canadensis

Joe Pye Weed, Photo by Doug Lockard

Carolina elephants foot Elephantopus carolinianus

Common Blackberry Rubus allegheniencis

Grass-leaf Golden Aster Pityopsis gramminifolia

Greater Tickseed Coreposis major

Goldenrod, White Solidago bicolor

Goldenrod, Wrinkleleaf Solidago rugosa

Goldenrod, Early Solidago juncea

Hairy Sunflower Helianthus hirsutus

Hartweg’s Wild Ginger Asarum hartwegii

Highbush Blueberry Varrinium corymbosum

Hoary Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum incanum

Longleaf summer bluet Houstonia longifolia

Joe Pye Weed, Photo by Chris Dobbins

Northern Dewberry Rubus flagellaris

Northern Seaoats Chasmanthium latifolium

Pale Indian Plantain Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

Poke Milkweed Asclepias exaltata

Rattlesnake Weed Pilosella venosa

Smooth carrionflower Smilax herbacea

Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium purpureum

White Snakeroot Ageratina altissima

White Turtlehead Chelone glabra

Whorled milkweed Asclepias verticillata

Yellow False Foxglove Aureolaria virginica (1)


Buckthorn, Carolina Frangula caroliniana

Dogwood, Flowering Cornus florida

Sourwood, Photo by Janie Marlow

Gum, Black Nyssa sylvatica

Hickory, Shagbark Carya ovata

Hickory, Pignut Carya glabra

Hickory, Bitternut Carya cordiformis

Holly, American Ilex opaca

Locust, Bristly Robinia hispida

Locust, Black Robinia pseudoacacia

Laurel, Mountain Kalmia latifolia

Maple, Red Acer rubrum

Oak, Northern Quercus rubra

Oak, Chestnut Quercus montana

St. Andrews Cross, Photo by Doug Lockard

Oak, Black Quercus velutina

Oak, White Quercus alba

Oak, Swamp White Quercus bicolor

Oak, Blackjack Quercus marilandica

Persimmon, Common Diespyros virginiana 

Pine, Virginia Pinus virginiana

Poplar, Poplar Lirodendron tulipifera,

Sassafras, Common Sassafras albidum

Sourwood, Common Oxydendrum arboreum


Muscadine Vitis rotundifolia

Roundleaf Greenbrier Smilax rotundifolia

Summer Grape Vitis aestivalis

St. Andrews Cross Hypericum hypericoides

Note (1) pretty rare, found only under White Oak trees where it takes it’s nourishment from

Note (2) pretty rare in our area

Special thanks to Janie Davies and her Name That Plant database at: 


For more information on Paris Mountain:






Trail Map Source: https://southcarolinaparks.com/files/State%20Parks%20Files/Paris%20Mtn/PM-Trail%20Map3-9-2012.pdf

Upstate Nursery Fall 2020 Native Plant Sale

The South Carolina Native Plant Society is committed to our core mission of educating the public about the essential role of our heritage native plants in the restoration of the Upstate’s ecosystem. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten public health here in the Upstate; nevertheless, we remain determined to making SC native plants available to our membership and friends. We’re pleased to announce that our annual Fall Sale will be held at our Upstate Native Plant Nursery as it has in the past, with a few innovative twists.

Autumn is the best time of year to plant and this year we have a selection of over 4,000 native species, many of them difficult to find in commercial nurseries. This years collection includes shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns, grasses and some trees. We have more native azaleas than we’ve ever offered in past Fall Sales as well as pollinator plants for butterflies and birds, and native plants that flower throughout the growing season.



If each of us restored even a portion of our property back to native plants, our combined efforts would improve water quality as well as increase habitat for wildlife. Native plants are increasingly desirable for the creation of ‘living landscapes’, making our residential and commercial properties part of a biological corridor by using native plants that evolved with local wildlife and which contribute meaningfully to the food webs that support them. These native plants are ideally adapted to our soils and climate and once established in an appropriate site, generally require less water and maintenance (e.g. fertilizer) than plants from other parts of the world.


TWO WAYS to shop and purchase plants this year:

  1. Shop online and pick-up your order at the Upstate Native Nursery.
    • After browsing the ‘Native Plant Price List’ above, refer to the ‘CONTACT’  information below to place your order by e-mail.
    • Follow the instrutions on the ‘Native Plant Price List’ to prepare your order and we recommend you include the Scientific Name for certainty of species as in some cases we have several different variants in stock. The same for size and quantity.
    • Our Sales Team will receive your request, review available inventory, and respond by sending an estimate. Upon your response to the estimate, an invoice will be prepared using our SQUARE™ app with online payment instructions.
    • Once your payment is received, your order will be scheduled for collection and you’ll be notified as to when and where you can pick up your plants.
  2. Make an appointment to shop our native plant collection in person.
    • If you’d prefer, a limited number of appointments may be made to visit our Upstate Native Nursery in person. Simply refer to the ‘CONTACT ‘ information below and let us know when you’d like to visit (a range of days/times is helpful) and how many will be in your party.
    • We anticipate having multiple times each week during the sale period to accommodate visitors, and our Sales Team will respond with an appointment date/time within your specified time frame to the best of our ability.
    • Upon your acceptance, your appointment will be confirmed and directions provided. One of our all-volunteer Sales Team will be on-hand to assist you and to process your order at the conclusion of your visit. We’ll accept cash (although no coinage), personal checks, debit and credit cards.


Kathy Harrington

[email protected]



Your first step is to familiarize yourself with the available plants by downloading our SCNPS-Upstate 2020 Fall Native Plant List below.

SCNPS 2020 – Fall Price List

If you need help cross-referencing a plant ‘common’ name over to a ‘scientific name’, you can use this handy cross-reference list.

SCNPS Fall 2020 – Cross-Reference List

Please note that the available quantities are not listed and will be subject to change as the sale period progresses, so we recommend acting early.



Sunday, September 13th – Friday, September 25th the SCNPS-Upstate Native Nursery will be closed in preparation for the sale.

• Monday, September 21st begin processing electronic orders from the Website

• Saturday, September 26th begin curb-side pick-ups and shopping appointments

• Friday, October 31st cease accepting order via the Website

• Saturday, November 7th terminate the Fall Sale curb-side pick-up program



As always, we are offering early plant sale access to our active members. If you are currently a paid-up member of the South Carolina Native Plant Society (any chapter) your order submitted via the website link will begin processing on Monday, September 21st.

Please indicate your membership status on your order.

All other other orders will begin processing on Wednesday, September 23rd in the order they are received.




You can RENEW your membership at: https://scnps.org/scnps-membership/renew-membership

You can JOIN online at: https://scnps.org/scnps-membership/join



During visits to the Upstate Native Nursery, our all-volunteer Sales Team will be wearing masks and observing social distancing, and we’ll ask that you do as well. Carts will be made available for moving your plants and you’ll handle the loading yourself to minimize contact.

Upstate Zoom Meeting: Native Ferns

Tuesday 7-21 General Meeting via Zoom

Join us for the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS program/meeting on July 21, 2020 at 7:00pm. Log in at 6:30 for some socializing. A Zoom invitation will be sent out via Tiny Letter a few days prior to the event. We plan to record this program for later viewing as well. Our presenter will be Rosemarie Knoll of HighFallsPublishing.com. See below for details.


Bio for Rosemarie Knoll

Rosemarie Knoll is the author of 2 local wildflower books. The first book covers wildflowers in DuPont State Forest. The second book covers wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Pisgah National Forest.

Last year, Rosemarie decided to take on a new challenge – learning about our native ferns. As she was going through the learning process, she felt that it may be helpful to others to put together a workshop covering fern basics and the identification of our most common native ferns.

Rosemarie will share some of the fun and interesting facts about our native ferns and fern allies and will discuss the basics of fern identification.

Join us for the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS program/meeting on July 21, 2020 at 7:00pm. Log in at 6:30 for some socializing. A Zoom invitation will be sent out via Tiny Letter a few days prior to the event. We plan to record this program for later viewing as well. Our presenter will be Rosemarie Knoll of HighFallsPublishing.com. See below for details.

Bio for Rosemarie Knoll

Rosemarie Knoll is the author of 2 local wildflower books. The first book covers wildflowers in DuPont State Forest. The second book covers wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Pisgah National Forest.

Last year, Rosemarie decided to take on a new challenge – learning about our native ferns. As she was going through the learning process, she felt that it may be helpful to others to put together a workshop covering fern basics and the identification of our most common native ferns.

Rosemarie will share some of the fun and interesting facts about our native ferns and fern allies and will discuss the basics of fern identification.

Upstate Plant Purchasing Update

The upstate greenhouse steering committee has worked out a temporary, limited way for members and friends to purchase plants from the greenhouse.  It must be done by appointment.

Link to plant list and prices:

Here is the newsletter article explaining the new process:

The all-volunteer Greenhouse Steering Committee has been working alongside the volunteers in the Greenhouse Gang and the Maintenance & Operations Team to prepare the nursery for sustained operations during the peak pandemic months during which we will be hosting an unusually high number of plants. Normally we would have sold 75% of our usual 4,000 plant inventory during the Spring Sale; however, this year due to the cancellation, we have a full house.We’ve installed several new beds and irrigation to help keep our plants healthy until the Fall sale which were hoping to have in late September or early October. In order to assure the health and safety of everyone  the Greenhouse is closed to all but a small maintenance crew for the near future.

During this time access to the property will be restricted to only those volunteers on the Maintenance & Operations Team and the Greenhouse Steering Committee.  We feel it is important to try and continue to provide plants to our membership and friends during these difficult times. Some of the Steering Committee members have volunteered to try and help facilitate sales on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to purchase a plant during the Spring planting season, you can reach-out to one of those listed below to make a request. We ask your patience and flexibility in working with these volunteers.  Their priority will be ensuring a safe transaction for all concerned. The link to the price list is above and also on the web-site calendar for April 18.  (www.scnps.org) The contacts below will also have a copy of the price list and can e-mail it to you in PDF.

SCNPS Greenhouse Steering Committee 2020 Member Name Telephone # E-Mail
Amy Henderson  914-649-6779   [email protected]
Susan Lochridge 864-380-3673   [email protected]
Doug Lockard     864-908-4461   [email protected]   (not gmail)
Kitty Putnam       864-313-8434   [email protected]
Miller Putnam     864-325-9700   [email protected]
Kay Stafford       703-350-8774    [email protected]

The Battle Continues

Spring is here! and Fig Buttercup is back. Actually it never left; it was just hiding.

Greenville’s original infestation was discovered in Reedy River floodplain in Lake Conestee Nature Park in 2013. Since then, three source populations have been identified, each on tributary creeks, each about five miles upstream.

Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna) is not “just another invasive plant”. It is so aggressively invasive – and has such a limited period of vulnerability – that it has actually been outlawed in numerous states, including South Carolina.

The Clemson University Dept of Plant Industry continues to reach out to people throughout the state requesting that they recognize and report it. Fig Buttercup is blooming now, and its bright yellow flowers make it easy to spot.

Now is also the optimum time to treat it. This year a varied coalition of agencies and organizations, led by SCNPS, has joined forces to fund a massive effort toward controlling Fig Buttercup in Greenville’s Reedy River corridor.

These sponsors include the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council, Greenville County Soil & Water Conservation District, ReWa, Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association, and Friends of the Reedy River.

Moist soils along waterways support diverse native plant communities, which in turn support native songbirds, butterflies and other pollinator wildlife species. Invasion of these areas by Fig Buttercup rapidly converts them into monocultures that suppress native plants and wildlife.

Fig Buttercup  threatens to blanket moist sites and streamside land throughout the Southeast. Its early emergence, dense growth, and floating propagules, combined with our common high-rainfall events, facilitate its ability to colonize new territory downstream — as illustrated in the sequence of pictures that accompany this article.

Invasive Plant Control, Inc, a nationally recognized invasive plant control firm out of Nashville (www.invasiveplantcontrol.com), has been contracted to treat Fig Buttercup along Greenville’s centerpiece Reedy River and its tributaries, including Lake Conestee Nature Park. Several years of treatment will be necessary.

Learn more at https://scnps.org/citizen-science-invasive-fig-buttercup

If you suspect that you have or have found
Fig Buttercup, please contact
the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry
at 864.646.2140 or www.clemson.edu/regulatory/contact/
or contact your local Clemson University Extension Service office.

In addition, please email [email protected]

NPS volunteers needed for table at Bell Fest

The annual Bell Fest is coming up on Saturday, March 14 at Devil’s Fork State Park in Oconee County.  Our Upstate SCNPS chapter will have an outreach table at the Fest and we need volunteers to work at the table.  This is a great event with lots of folks coming out to see the beautiful mountain wildflower, the Oconee Bell (a.k.a. Shortia glalacifolia).

Volunteers for the NPS table will talk to visitors about NPS activities and projects, answer questions, tell them about the spring plant sale, and sell a few native plants from our greenhouse.  We need at least two people for each shift.  Is easy and fun!
The shifts are:
   9am to 11 (includes set-up of the canopy, tables and display) Needed: two volunteers or more
   11 am to 1pm   Needed: one more volunteer
   1pm to 3:30 pm (includes take down of canopy, displays, and tables.)  Needed: two volunteers or more

This is a great opportunity to introduce new people to our organization.   The Fest runs from 10am to 3pm.To volunteer or for more information, email coordinator Judy Seeley at < [email protected]> or call 864-855-6396.

Before or after your shift, you can go down the trail to see the Bells and participate in the many other activities of the day.
Bell Fest is sponsored by Friends of  Jocassee.  For more information go to:  https://www.friendsofjocassee.org/bellfest.html

photo:  Judy Seeley

Upstate Program: Flower Color and Pollinators

February 18 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Did you ever wonder how so much variation in flower color is maintained within species? Have your heard of ultraviolet ‘nectar guides’ on flowers?  On Tuesday, February 18, at Tri-County Technical College 7600 US 76, Pendleton in, Matt Koski, Assistant Professor at Clemson University, will discuss his research on flower color evolution. He will offer some explanations of the forces affecting floral evolution.

Koski grew up in Michigan and became fascinated with flowering plant diversity during field courses as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. Later, he worked as a botany intern for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the high desert and Sierra Nevada, and then conducted field work on tropical forest community dynamics in Puerto Rico.  He discovered that flower color variations are due not only to pollinators, but to environmental factors as well.

As you enter the campus at the traffic light (the south entrance), the driveway you want is to the left.  HOWEVER, you cannot turn left as you enter.  Please drive ahead to the first place you can make a u-turn and head back toward the traffic light.  Just before the light, turn right onto the one-way access road in front of the buildings.  You will pass Miller Hall, Anderson Hall  and Pickens Hall before coming to Oconee Hall on the right.  You may park in any of the student/faculty spots along the one-way drive.  There are also two  parking lots just past Oconee Hall.  Lot H-1 and Lot H-2 are available for us in the evening.   Please go to https://www.tctc.edu/media/2966/pendleton-campus-map.pdf and print a map of the campus.  There will be signs  marking the meeting entrance.

The program starts at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.  Arrive at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.

Wild Orchids Forever Stamp

US Postal Service to Issue
Wild Orchids Forever Stamp

To create a collection of stamps that celebrate the beauty of native orchids, the US Postal Service called upon the talents of SCNPS member Jim Fowler, a talented photographer and knowledgeable botanist, author of Wild Orchids of South Carolina, a Popular Natural History, Orchids, Carnivorous Plants, and Other Wildflowers of the Green Swamp, NC, and a fascinating blog.

Each stamp features a photograph of one of these nine species: Cypripedium californicum, Hexalectris spicata, Cypripedium reginae, Spiranthes odorata, Triphora trianthophoros, Platanthera grandiflora, Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, Calopogon tuberosus, and Platanthera leucophaea. Within the booklet, each stamp design is featured twice. The Wild Orchids stamps will be issued with 10 stamp designs in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtags #OrchidStamps and #FlowerStamps.

Orchids are beloved by plant experts and casual flower lovers alike for their gorgeous colors, unusual look and delicate features.

Part of the largest family of plants on Earth, orchids grow in many climates and thrive under a variety of conditions. There are more than 30,000 species of wild orchids in the world, with more than 100 species native to North America.

Many orchids native to North America are endangered or threatened, making sightings in their natural environment increasingly rare. These striking flowers are native to damp woodlands and numerous organizations across the country are working to preserve their habitats. Orchids also thrive in cultivated gardens or as houseplants.

Jim will speak briefly at a dedication ceremony in Coral Gables, FL, on Feb 21, 2020, and the stamps are scheduled to be released that day. Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.