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.
Stiffleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis major
Black-eyed Susan Rubeckia hirta
Indian Grass Sorghastrum nutans
Wild Indigo Baptista tinctoria
Little Blue Stem Schizachyrium scoparium
Maryland Golden Aster Chrysopsis mariana
Deer Tongue Witch Grass Dichanthelium clandestinum
Partridge Pea Chamaecrista fasciculata
Purple Top Tridens Flavus
Grass-leaved Golden Aster Pityopsis graminifolia