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The bald cypress tree is often found near swamps, wetlands, and rivers. It is a common and popular tree in North Carolina and throughout the south, not only for its foliage, but also for its ability to soak up flood waters and prevent erosion. Bald cypresses can be found in the wild and in arboretums such as the Asheville Botanical Gardens.
The Wild Senna is a plant with a rich history. The plant was used by Native Americans for external skin problems and to treat fevers. It is also used as a laxative and was popular in 19th-century gardens. How to grow the plant, the beneficial pollinators and birds it attracts, and its natural history are explored.
Bugbane or black cohosh is a native North Carolina perennial that is easily grown in organically rich and moist soil. The common name of bugbane is a reference to the insect repellent smell the plant gives off, and cohosh comes from an Algonquian word meaning rough. The plant is deer and rabbit resistant, and its flowers provide both nectar and pollen to insects.
The Quaking Aspen is a common tree across much of North America; besides its aesthetic qualities, it is also commonly used to make building materials, furniture, and paper.