NC Botanical Secret Revealed


Each little “pup” is ready to plant.

Who knew that Appalachian State University (ASU) has some amazing greenhouses and conservatory tucked away a couple of miles from campus, behind a commercial area in Bonne, NC.

I had the opportunity to tour this wonderful ASU facility and see plants from, literally, every country in the world. There were so many unusual and amazing varieties.  We had a crash course in plant adaptation and got up close and personal with plants that mimic rocks, house ant farms, emit unpleasant odors, and produce mini-me offspring all by themselves. We had botany and world geography lessons rolled into one.


They have two plant sales a year (usually May and September) and also offer some public classes; volunteers are needed and welcome. 


Can you find the plant?

For more information contact Greenhouse Manager Jerry Meyer at


Posted on July 15, 2016, in North Carolina, USA, Western North Carolina and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Karen, Great article! Why don’t you send it to Jerry Meyer – I know he’d love to see it. SB



  2. What is the name of this plant at the top of the article?


    • Hello,
      The plant that creates fully rooted ‘babies’ on the leaf edges is called Mother of Thousands, once in the genus Kalanchoe, now it’s a Bryophyllum.


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