Wildflower of the Year

  Wildflower of the Year


Narrow Leaf Mountain Mint
  Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

  Wildflower of the Year

zizia aurea

Maryland golden-aster
  Chrysopsis mariana

  Wildflower of the Year

Zephyranthes atamasca

Hollow-stem joe-pye-weed
  Eutrochium fistulosum


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
YearCommon NameScientific Name
2018Maryland golden-asterChrysopsis mariana
2017Hollow-stem joe-pye-weedEutrochium fistulosum
2016Northern rattlesnake-masterEryngium yuccifolium
2015Fire-pinkSilene virginica
2014Hoary SkullcapScutellaria incana var. punctata
2013New Jersey-teaCeanothus americanus
2012Common golden alexandersZizia aurea
2011Spiked wild indigoBaptisia albescens
2010Atamasco LilyZephyranthes atamasca
2009Piedmont Barbara’s-buttonsMarshallia obovata var. obovata
2008White Wood Aster, Heart LeavedEurybia divaricata
2007Swamp SunflowerHelianthus angustifolius
2006Eastern BluestarAmsonia tabernaemontana
2005Swamp MilkweedAsclepias incarnata
2004New York IronweedVernonia noveboracensis
2003BonesetEupatorium perfoliatum
2002Eastern Smooth BeardtonguePenstemon laevigatus
2001Cardinal FlowerLobelia cardinalis (20th Anniversary)
2000Eastern Aromatic AsterAster oblongifolius var. angustatus
1999American AlumrootHeuchera americana
1998Southern Blazing     StarLiatris squarrulosa
1997Crimson-eyed Rose-mallowHibiscus moscheutos
1996Eastern Silvery AsterAster concolor
1995Green-head ConeflowerRudbeckia laciniata
1994River-oatsChasmanthium latifolium
1993Great Blue LobeliaLobelia siphilitica
1992Blue Wild IndigoBaptisia australis
1991CoreopsisCoreopsis auriculata
1990Seashore-mallowKosteletzkya virginica
1989Southern SundropsOenothera fruticosa
1988Black-eyed SusanRudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
1987Eastern ColumbineAquilegia canadensis
1986FoamflowerTiarella cordifolia var. collina
1985Butterfly MilkweedAsclepias tuberosa
1984Small’s BeardtonguePenstemon smallii
1983Cardinal FlowerLobelia cardinalis
1982Cardinal FlowerLobelia cardinalis

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