I am grateful to all the generous people who have contributed knowledge, passion, talents, and time!
- Kevin Adams, author of North Carolina's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Mountains
- Wayne Bateman, Scotts Lawn Service
- Christi Bruner, Carolina Wild Native Plant Nursery
- Marie Burgess, Furman University Learning In Retirement Program
- Wesley Burnett, South Carolina Native Plant Society
- Dixie Damrel, Clemson University
- Jim Fowler, author of Wild Orchids of South Carolina
- Judy Gordon, Augusta State University
- Jan Haldeman, Erskine College
- Steven R. Hill, Illinois Natural History Survey
- Amanda Howard, Hunting Island State Park
- Rick Huffman, SC Native Plant Society
- Rosemarie Knoll, High Falls Publishing
- Ron Lance, author of Haws - A Guide to Hawthorns of the Southeastern United States
- Janet Manning, Corneille Bryan Native Garden
- Patrick McMillan, Clemson University / SCETV Expeditions with Patrick McMillan
- Larry Mellichamp, University of North Carolina / UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
- John Nelson, AC Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina
- Glen Peterson, Organic Design
- Joe Pollard, Furman University
- Bob Polomski, Clemson University Extension Service / State Master Gardener Coordinator
- Richard Porcher, The Citadel / author of A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina
- Eva Pratt, South Carolina Native Plant Society
- Doug Rayner, Wofford College / author of A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina
- Claude Smith, Clemson University Extension Service / Greenville County Master Gardener Coordinator
- Bill Stringer, SC Native Plant Society / Clemson University
- Will Stuart, photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast
- Jane Thomas, Corneille Bryan Native Garden
- Charles R. Thompson, RainCloud Studios
- Lisa Wagner, SC Botanical Garden
- Mike Walker, Huntington Beach State Park
- Ann Wilson, Myrtle Beach State Park
Many of the photographs were taken at places such as Chimney Rock Park, Corneille Bryan Native Garden, and other public parks, forests, preserves, and gardens. These are invaluable resources: Please protect and support them.
The primary reference for plant descriptions is the Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, by Albert E. Radford, Harry E. Ahles, and C. Ritchie Bell.
Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States by Alan S. Weakley (working drafts) has been the major source of descriptions of additional species, taxonomic clarification and revisions, updated nomenclature, information on native status, and synonymy.
Information has been obtained from the PLANTS National Database: USDA, NRCS. 2003. The PLANTS Database. Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
I am forever grateful that there were unfenced woods behind our house when I was growing up (where my brother strung a network of old army field telephones between our basement and the neighbor's treehouse). This woods will always be part of who I am. ... I'm glad that my mom taught me to see each leaf as a work of art. ... And I'm grateful for the patience of my husband, Steve. — Janie Marlow