Mountain purple pitcher plant flowers
Partners came together in mid-June to plant fifty threatened swamp pink plants at a western North Carolina bog managed by the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program. The fifty plants were raised in captivity by the Atlanta Botanical Garden from seed collected at the site. Raising the seeds in captivity reduces plant mortality, while using seeds originally harvested from this site helps conserve any unique genetic characteristics that may occur in the plants found at this bog. Staff from the Atlanta Botanical Garden, N.C. Plant Conservation Program, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped with the planting.
Swamp pink has been on the federal threatened and endangered species list as threatened since 1988. It’s sporadically found in wetlands from New Jersey to Georgia.
Photo credit: G. Peeples/USFWS