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Mehamehame | National Tropical Botanical Garden

Flueggea neowawraea, also known as Mehamehame, is the only native species in the genus present in the Hawaiian Islands. It is assessed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Less than 50 individuals remain in the wild and there are no signs of recruitment. It is a hardwood tree used [...]

By | 2018-03-07T01:17:50+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Baker’s Larkspur | University of California Botanical Garden

Baker's larkspur (Delphinium bakeri) remains as a single small population along a roadside in Marin County, California, not far from the Pacific coast. This perennial herb grows erect to 45 cm tall and features blue flowers in the spring. It was formerly more common in the coastal area, as far north as Sonoma [...]

By | 2018-02-26T19:45:33+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Blowout Penstemon | Lauritzen Gardens

The Blowout Penstemon (Penstemon haydenii) is one of the rarest and most endangered plant species in the United States. It is currently known from 10 naturally-occurring populations in the Nebraska Sandhills and from three populations on sand dunes in the Ferris Dunes of south-central Wyoming. Approximately 22 artificially-planted populations persist in the Nebraska Sandhills [...]

By | 2018-02-23T05:36:40+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Northern Monkshood | Holden Arboretum

The primary distinctive characteristic of this showy perennial, Northern Monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense), is its large, blue, hood-shaped flowers. A single stem grows up to four feet in height and may bear several flowers. This endangered taxon is found in Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin (ONHP 2007). A majority of the species in found [...]

By | 2018-03-07T01:18:22+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Longflower Tuberose | San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is helping to save the Longflower Tuberose. Also known as Runyon's huaco, Amole de Río and St. Joseph's Staff (Manfreda longiflora), this is a small fleshy plant that looks a lot like an aloe with interesting reddish-brown markings. It is also commonly known as Tuberose because of its fragrant [...]

By | 2018-03-07T01:18:31+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Barratt’s Sedge | New York Botanical Garden

Barratt’s Sedge (Carex barrattii) produces pale bluish-green leaves that grow from tufts. Its flowers, which are rarely produced, are composed of interesting but difficult-to-see darkish purple flower spikes. This species was discovered in South Carolina in 1993 in a rather remarkable plant community that appears relictual from much colder times in the region (Hill and [...]

By | 2018-03-07T01:18:43+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

North Park Phacelia | Denver Botanic Gardens

We'd like to commend Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), one of our Participating Institutions, for their work and research to save plants. One of the plants they are protecting is North Park Phacelia (Phacelia formosula) which is known from multiple populations in the erosive sandstone outcrops of the Coalmont Formation in North Park of Jackson County, Colorado. Phacelia [...]

By | 2018-01-31T17:48:37+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Greater Yellow Lady’s Slipper | Longwood Gardens

The greater yellow lady's slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens) is a large, showy orchid, typically with multiple stems attached to solitary flowers. The flowers's sepals and outer petals comes in colors ranging from green-yellow to purplish-brown, always featuring a "slipper" of pale to deep yellow (Roth 2008). This perennial herb originates from the Blue [...]

By | 2018-01-31T17:52:22+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Persistent Trillium | Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Persistent trillium (Trillium persistens) is a rare species only found at the head of Tallulah Gorge in Georgia and South Carolina. A large, contiguous population probably extended along the river banks before major dams and reservoirs inundated former habitat and fragmented the range. This member of the lily family, listed as endangered in 1978, [...]

By | 2018-02-14T18:11:37+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Part of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's (MLA) mission is to provide a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education. This includes protecting species, like the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera praeclara), in the CPC National Collection. The fate of the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid is tied to that [...]

By | 2018-02-14T18:06:35+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Featured Plant|0 Comments