Goldenrod s. Ragweed

Don’t Blame Goldenrod for Your Allergies! Do you know the difference between goldenrod, Solidago species, and ragweed, Ambrosia species? There are over 75 different species of goldenrod and 20 species of ragweed native to the United States. Goldenrod is usually blamed for seasonal allergies, but the real culprit is ragweed. … Read More

Rudbeckia laciniata, Green-head Coneflower

As the warm days of summer wind down, the Brunswick County Botanical Garden has many plants in full bloom. If you look closely in the microclimate garden you will find a native currently thriving. It is Rudbeckia laciniata or commonly called green-head coneflower. Green-head coneflower is an herbaceous perennial that … Read More

Solanum integrifolium, Pumpkin on a Stick

Solanum integrifolium, most often called pumpkin on a stick, is an ornamental annual boasting large blue-green leaves and little pumpkins on dark stems in late summer to early fall. If you love to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving, pumpkin on a stick is the plant for you. This plant looks … Read More

Mums, Chrysanthemum x morifolium

Chrysanthemum x morifolium, commonly called mums, is an herbaceous perennial which adds a pop of color to your garden when the leaves start to fall and the colder days start to come. Mums are native to Asia and are in the family Asteraceae. Mums begins to grow in spring and … Read More

Black-eyed Susie Vine, Thunbergia alata

Thunbergia alata, commonly called black-eyed Susie vine, is a showy tropical annual that thrives in Zone 8. Despite its common name, it has no relation to black-eyed Susie (Rudbeckia hirta). A native of Africa, black-eyed Susie vine needs full sun with some afternoon shade. Stems and leaves are green and … Read More


Coleus scutellarioides, commonly called coleus, is an annual in the mint family. This annual is prized for its colorful foliage and succulent stems. The leaves are made up of shades of green, yellow, pink, red, rust, and maroon. New introductions of this popular summer annual plant have been chosen for … Read More

Begonia, Begoniaceae

Begonia is a member of the Begoniaceae family. This large, flowering plant family honors Michael Begon (1638-1710), Governor of French Canada, and includes about 1500 different species and hundreds of hybrids. Begonias are native to Mexico and Central America and have found their way throughout North America as a garden … Read More

Morning Glory, Ipomoea purpurea

Ipomoea purpurea, or as we all know it, Morning Glory, is native to tropical and subtropical America but has now naturalized all over North America. It reseeds easily, and in Florida some cultivars are considered invasive. Some gardeners think that morning glory is an obnoxious weed. Others think of … Read More

Gomphrena globosa, Globe Amaranth

Gomphrena globosa or globe amaranth, is a great annual for summer color. It’s easy to grow, thrives in full sun, and is drought tolerant. When the garden needs some color in late summer and early fall, gomphrena is still going strong. It is an old-fashioned cottage garden plant, and is … Read More

Botany Class

Today, Amy Mead led the Botany class and afterwards, the MG Students went out into the garden on a botany scavenger hunt to find different types of leaves and arrangements (and write down the name of the plant they found it on. This being the middle of September, they were amazed … Read More

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