Heritage Village Park Plant Quest
Search for plants as you explore the park and learn some fast facts about our fascinating flora! Some of the plants featured have identification signs posted near them that will help you figure out what they are and provide more interesting facts.
I'm a tall tree with shiny green leaves and large, showy flowers. What am I? Hint: You can find me near the trail behind the Moore House and Union Academy.
Produces fragrant white flowers, sometimes up to 12 inches wide.
Pictured here with a bud, features leathery leaves, dark green on top with a soft, rusty underside.
Yields fruit 3-8 inches long that attracts squirrels, rabbits and birds.
I was used to be woven into baskets, hats, fans, and rope by early settlers and Native Americans. You can find me all over the park!
In spring, 3-foot long flower stalks appear with small yellow-white fragrant flowers that the bees love! Flowers are followed by small, yellow berries that turn black and ripen August through October. The berries are an important food source for many mammals and birds.
Though I'm often compared to trees and shrubs, I'm actually a grass that grows to 60 feet tall. You can find me by the Firehouse.
A very tolerant plant that can survive temperatures as cold as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, full sun, and many kinds of soil types.
It's speedy rate of growth makes it a popular renewable resource.
Native Americans found many uses for the canes, including fuel, hair ornaments, game sticks, toys, weapons, tools, whistles and flutes. Today, it’s used to create fencing, trellises, flooring, bed sheets, towels, and other fabrics.
I'm moderate to fast growing, typically reaching a height of 64 feet. Woodpeckers, owls, bald eagles and many other bird species like to use me for their homes, and squirrels, wild turkey, quail and other animals enjoy eating my seeds. Look up and you can't miss me!
Trunks of up to 2 feet in diameter are usually straight, but sometimes leaning or twisted. A very tolerant plant, it grows well in nutrient poor soils and can still thrive in drought conditions. Bark dark gray to reddish-brown, furrowed and broken into irregular plates. Needles grow in bundles of 2 or 3, 7-12 inches long, at first dark green and shiny, then turning brown after they've fallen to the ground.
Large plantations provide wood for paper products, telephone poles and lumber.
Produces brown cones; cones open and seeds are released the fall following pollination. In addition to animals, Native Americans and early settlers also used seeds as a food source.
The long needles are still used today to create baskets. Weavers gather the needles, wash them, process them in a glycerin bath to make them flexible and weave with them. In addition to the rich colors of the needles, the variety of stitches makes them works of art.
I produce tropical flowers all year and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. You can find me near the Visitor Center.
Flowers can be many colors and have single or double blooms. About 35 native species, also called rose mallows, exist in the United States. Enjoy my bloom today because it usually only lasts one day.
This variety is variegated (having leaves that are edged or patterned in a second color). Plants can range in size from low spreading shrubs to upright tree forms that can reach twenty feet in height. Some are compact and dense, while others are open and thin.
I'm a shrub related to the hibiscus in the Malvaceae (mallow) family.There are shrubs located at the McMullen Coachman Log Cabin and Union Academy. Can you find others?
Other plants in this plant's "family" include okra and cotton. Shrubs can reach up to ten feet tall and spread ten feet wide. Require little maintenance and are drought tolerant once established.
This plant is distinguishable by its downward-pointing, pendant flowers that are about 2.5 inches long. The blooms perpetually appear as if they’re just about to open, but never do! Starts blooming at the beginning of summer and continues until the first frost.
Thought to originate from Central or Southern Mexico. A favorite of hummingbirds.
The leaves of this plant have been used as an emollient to treat inflammation, soothe itching, and soften skin. In Mexico, flowers of the plant were used to treat digestive inflammation and cramps. The flowers, either fresh or dried, can be used to make tea.
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