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Fortune Nursery

The U.S. Forest Service has given the Native Plants Crew a $50,000 grant to propagate and harvest ten wildflower and grass species from five different regions in the Southeast.  Starting in the 2010 season, the seeds collected from these local ecotypes will be returned back to the Forest Service to be used for restoration and research for native plant use in commercial settings. This project is a wonderful opportunity for the Native Plants Crew to work large scale propagation and contribute to the larger native plants movement in the Southeast.  Additionally, after the three year contract with the Forest Service has been fulfilled, Landscaping may be able to sell these seeds to other native plant vendors as revenue for the college.

 The nursery will be located on this one-acre field at the Fortune House.

 Fortune Before 01


The Crew will be raising the following plants:


Coreopsis majorStiffleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis major

Rubeckia hirtaBlack-eyed Susan Rubeckia hirta

Sorghastrum nutansIndian Grass Sorghastrum nutans

Baptista tinctoria 01Wild Indigo Baptista tinctoria

Schizachyrium scopariumLittle Blue Stem Schizachyrium scoparium

Crysopsis marianaMaryland Golden Aster Chrysopsis mariana

Dichanthelium clandestinumDeer Tongue Witch Grass Dichanthelium clandestinum

Chamaecrista fasciculataPartridge Pea Chamaecrista fasciculata

Tridens flavusPurple Top Tridens Flavus

Pityopsis graminifoliaGrass-leaved Golden Aster Pityopsis graminifolia