2022 Wildflower of the Year

downy woodmint

We are excited to share downy woodmint (Blephilia ciliata), a lovely native perennial in the mint family, as the 2022 Wildflower of the Year. Similar in appearance to its mint family relatives like bee balms (Monarda spp.), downy woodmint is a clump-forming perennial up to two feet tall, but it spreads slowly and won’t become aggressive like other mint species sometimes do.

Carolina Moonlight Virtual Party May 22

Venus flytraps

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is making final preparations for its Carolina Moonlight Virtual Party, an entertaining celebration of the region’s biodiversity with a focus on carnivorous plants on Saturday, May 22 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Derek Haynes (The Crazy Botanist) will join Garden Director, Damon Waitt, as a co-host of this year’s program.