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Plant Overviews

Our collection of plants are carefully curated with focus on North Carolina native plants and herbs. Each overview contains it's classification, specifications, medicinal and practical uses. Additionally, most of our plants are linked to an online herbarium image to help you better identify different plant species. Our collection of plants continues to grow and become more comprehensive. Click on a plant name from the pull-down list and learn more!


The information provided by The NC Native Ethnobotany Project, on this site or by its agents or employees by phone, email, fax or other transmission medium including any links to and from this site is for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific treatment plan, product, course of action or medical treatment. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not evaluated any of the statements or contents of this website. The information contained herein is NOT intended, nor should it be used to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent, or mitigate any disease or condition.


Additionally, The NC Native Ethnobotany project and its members are not responsible or liable for misuse or mis-identification of plants or herbs. 

Plants and herbs often carry very similar identifiers, and it’s very important to make sure you know what you are picking/eating. Never ingest or come into contact with a plant that you are not 100% is not poisonous, as many species in North Carolina are known to be highly toxic and even deadly.  Always check with your doctor before consuming as medications, diseases, health status may cause certain reactions. 

NOTE CONCERNING THE KNOWLEDGE OF MEDICINAL PLANTS ON THIS WEBSITE: We recognize the private and sacred nature of medicinal plants and other preparations used ceremonially or ritually by our local Indigenous tribes. It is not our intent to violate the privacy of the elders who shared their knowledge with us. Their concerns were to ensure that the identity of the plants that were so important to them is keep the culture alive and teach it to the children as well as to pass knowledge on to future generations. All information regarding the Haliwa-Saponi, Coharie, and Waccamaw Siouan tribal uses of plants is the intellectual property of the tribe and should be referenced as such. 

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