Latest News And Information
Seed grown Oconee Bell
plants now available for purchase
Article about Oconee bells in Jan/Feb
issue of Carolina Gardener magazine
This year's Bellfest at Devils Fork St.
Park in South Carolina will be March
17, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Belfest is sponsored by Friends of
Visit The South Carolina Botanical
in Clemson SC to enjoy the Natural
Heritage Trail, where 100 nursery
propagated Oconee Bell plants are
The beautiful and rare Oconee Bell (Shortia galacifolia ) grows naturally in a few locations in the Southern Appalachians of North and South Carolina. Its restricted range is probably due to past glaciation, where it was driven South into the escarpment region of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shortia is hardy well into New England. Long sought after by gardeners and plant collectors alike, the Oconee Bell is now finally available. Considered by many to be the queen of the woodland garden, you can enjoy growing this rare gem and help expand its range.