Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 


Discover some of our highlighted native plants at the Highlands Biological Station



Botanical Name

Asclepias tuberosa    “Butterfly Milkweed”

Asclepias incarnata    “Swamp Milkweed”

Chelone lyonii    “Appalachian Turtlehead”

Chrysogonum virginianum    “Green and Gold”

Deschampsia cespitosa    “Tufted Hairgrass”

Erigeron pulchellus    “Robin’s Plantain”

Eryngium yuccifolium    “Rattlesnake Master”

Eutrochium fistulosum     “Hollow Joe Pye weed”

Eutrochium maculatum    “Joe Pye weed”

Iris cristata    “Dwarf crested Iris” 

Liatris spicata    “Blazing Star”

Lobelia siphilitica    “Blue cardinal Flower”

Mondara didyma    “Bee Balm”

Packera aurea    “Golden Ragwort”

Penstemon digitalis    “Beardtongue”

Pontedera cordata    “Pickerelweed”

Pycnanthemum muticum   “Mountain Mint”

Rudbeckia lacinata    “Cutleaf Coneflower” 

Rudbeckia triloba    “Thin-leaved Coneflower”

Salvia lyrata ‘Purple Knockout’    “Lyre-leaf Sage”

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’    “Rough Goldenrod”