Highlands Biological Station is open to visitors. Masks are still required in the Nature Center, but are no longer required on campus, including the Botanical Garden. Highlands Biological Station is offering academic and public programming this summer. 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.


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”