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Author: Barbara H. Smith

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a beautiful native wildflower that is an excellent source of pollen and nectar for beneficial pollinating insects. The genus name Asclepias is derived from the...

May Week 4 Garden Photos

The beauty and diversity of Japanese Maples. Crimson Queen (Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen') Barbara H. Smith, ©2020 HGIC, Clemson University Peaches and Cream (Acer palmatum 'Peaches...

Weeds for the Bees

Are you frustrated because there are dandelions and other weeds in your lawn? Did you know that dandelion flowers provide one of the first springtime sources of pollen for bees, butterflies, and...

Fun with Elephant Ears in the Garden

Want to add a tropical flair to your garden this spring? Elephant ears will add a bold statement to a filtered sun or high shade spot. These striking “drama queens” of the garden may be either in...

Indian Pink

Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) has trumpet-shaped red flowers with a star-shaped yellow center and blooms in June. The oval-shaped leaves are bright green and are oppositely arranged on the...

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Did you know that South Carolina has an official state grass? Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) was named the state grass in 2001. This native, warm-season, perennial grass originally grew in the...

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