Plant Of The Year

GNPS initiated its Plant of the Year program in 2000. The purpose of this program is to recognize native plants that are underutilized in commercial and residential landscapes or which are vital components of Georgia’s ecology. We are looking beyond beauty, even though this is what often draws us to a special native plant in the first place.

Every October, GNPS members may nominate a plant they feel is deserving of being Plant of the Year for the upcoming year. Nominations are submitted online through the GNPS website. Besides being native to the state of Georgia and underutilized in landscaping, a good candidate for Plant of the Year will not demand growing conditions that are too difficult for most Georgia gardeners to achieve.

The nomination period closes when six (6) acceptable nominations have been received. Voting commences online and completes at the November GNPS General Meeting. If no clear winner emerges at the meeting, the GNPS Board of Directors holds a run-off election to determine the winner.

Plant of The Year


Nomination #5: Turk’s-cap lily

Scientific name: Lilium superbum Common name: Turk’s-cap lily Family: Liliaceae Plant type: Perennial In early summer a single Turk’s-cap lily (Lilium superbum) can produce a full bouquet of a dozen or more (up to 40) flowers at a time. Each nodding bloom measures...

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Nomination #4: Purpletop

Scientific name: Tridens flavus Common name: Purpletop Family: Poaceae Plant type: Grass Purpletop (Tridens flavus) is aptly named for its striking reddish purple seedheads, bright splashes of color to catch the eye. The warm season bunchgrass grows in clusters of...

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Nomination #3: Little bluestem

Scientific name: Schizachyrium scoparium Common name: Little bluestem Family:  Poaceae Plant type: Grass Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium; formerly Andropogon scoparius) is a warm-season perennial bunchgrass with attractive foliage. Blue-green in spring and...

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Nomination #2: Jewelweed

Scientific name: Impatiens capensis Common name: Jewelweed Family: Balsaminaceae Plant type: Annual Impatiens capensis (jewelweed) is native to stream banks and moist woodlands throughout the eastern US and Canada. Its vibrant orange flowers provide bright splashes of...

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Nomination #1: Fringetree

Scientific name: Chionanthus virginicus Common name: Fringetree Family: Oleaceae Plant type: Tree In springtime, fringetree, or Grancy greybeard (Chionanthus virginicus) is festooned with unique and highly aromatic flowers. Individual petals are long and thin, like...

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