Wildflower of the Year

Wildflower of the Year

zizia aurea

New Jersey-tea
Ceanothus americanus

Wildflower of the Year

Zephyranthes atamasca

Common golden alexanders
Zizia aurea

The NC Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of NC are co-sponsors of the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year program. This conservation project was initiated in 1982. The project's aim is to actively promote throughout the state and region an attractive plant that is native to the southeastern United States.

Over the years literally tens of thousands of gardeners have received the seeds and read the strong conservation message in the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year brochure.

To receive a brochure and seeds of the current North Carolina Wildflower of the Year, send a self-adressed, stamped envelope to:

North Carolina Botanical Garden
CB 3375 Totten Center, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375

The distribution of seeds is limited to within a 12-state region of the Southeast, from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Gulf of Mexico north to Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Past Years
Year Common Name Scientific Name
2011 Spiked wild indigo Baptisia albescens
2010 Atamasco Lily Zephyranthes atamasca
2009 Piedmont Barbara's-buttons Marshallia obovata var. obovata
2008 White Wood Aster, Heart Leaved Eurybia divaricata
2007 Swamp Sunflower Helianthus angustifolius
2006 Eastern Bluestar Amsonia tabernaemontana
2005 Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata
2004 New York Ironweed Vernonia noveboracensis
2003 Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum
2002 Eastern Smooth Beardtongue Penstemon laevigatus
2001 Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis (20th Anniversary)
2000 Eastern Aromatic Aster Aster oblongifolius var. angustatus
1999 American Alumroot Heuchera americana
1998 Southern Blazing Star Liatris squarrulosa
1997 Crimson-eyed Rose-mallow Hibiscus moscheutos
1996 Eastern Silvery Aster Aster concolor
1995 Green-head Coneflower Rudbeckia laciniata
1994 River-oats Chasmanthium latifolium
1993 Great Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica
1992 Blue Wild Indigo Baptisia australis
1991 Coreopsis Coreopsis auriculata
1990 Seashore-mallow Kosteletzkya virginica
1989 Southern Sundrops Oenothera fruticosa
1988 Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
1987 Eastern Columbine Aquilegia canadensis
1986 Foamflower Tiarella cordifolia var. collina
1985 Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa
1984 Small's Beardtongue Penstemon smallii
1983 Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
1982 Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis

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