Plants of the Garden

During the 2014-2015 academic year, students at Louisiana Tech University embarked on a project to develop an interactive method to identify plants in the John D. Griffin Horticultural Garden and Ponds.

Students were assigned a plant species from the list below. They conducted research on their assigned plant and authored a botanical report that can be viewed on this website.

These reports can also be viewed in the garden by finding one of the two plant identification kiosks in the garden, scanning the plant's associated QR code with a smart phone, and downloading the PDF.

Our goal with this project is to enhance student and community learning in the garden in the hopes that all who participate will gain a better understanding and appreciation for plants.

If you have questions about this project or plants on this website, contact the School of Forestry at Louisiana Tech University.

Species List (Alphabetized by Scientific Name)

Common Name Scientific Name Growth Habit* Botanical Report
Glossy Abelia Abelia x grandiflora Shrub PDF »
Red Buckeye Aesculus pavia Shrub Tree PDF »
Alligatorweed Alternanthera philoxeroides Forb/Herb PDF »
Broomsedge Bluestem Andropogon virginicus Graminoid PDF »
Eastern Baccharis Baccharis halimifolia Shrub Tree PDF »
River Birch Betula nigra Tree PDF »
Smallspike False Nettle Boehmeria cylindrica Forb/Herb PDF »
Littleleaf Boxwood Buxus microphylla Shrub Tree PDF »
American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana Shrub PDF »
Sasanqua Camellia Camellia sasanqua Shrub Tree PDF »
Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis Shrub Tree PDF »
Indian Woodoats Chasmanthium latifolium Forb/Herb PDF »
Washington Hawthorn Crataegus phaenopyrum Shrub Tree PDF »
Scouring-rush Horsetail Equisetum hyemale Forb/Herb PDF »
Japanese Fatsia Fatsia japonica Shrub PDF »
Border Forsythia Forsythia x intermedia Shrub PDF »
Althea (Rose of Sharon) Hibiscus syriacus Shrub Tree PDF »
Bigleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla Shrub PDF »
Oakleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia Shrub PDF »
Marsh Pennywort Hydrocotyle umbellata Forb/Herb PDF »
Oneflower False Fiddleleaf Hydrolea uniflora Forb/Herb PDF »
Chinese Holly Ilex cornuta Shrub Tree PDF »
Yaupon Ilex vomitoria Shrub Tree PDF »
Paleyellow Iris Iris pseudacorus Forb/Herb PDF »
Crapemyrtle Lagerstroemia indica Shrub Tree PDF »
Common Duckweed Lemna minor Forb/Herb PDF »
Japanese Privet Ligustrum japonicum Shrub Tree PDF »
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica Forb/Herb Vine PDF »
Wingleaf Primrose-willow Ludwigia decurrens Forb/Herb PDF »
Anglestem Primrose-willow Ludwigia leptocarpa Forb/Herb PDF »
Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora Tree PDF »
Banana Shrub Michelia figo Shrub PDF »
Climbing Hempvine Mikania scandens Forb/Herb Vine PDF »
Wax Myrtle Morella cerifera Shrub Tree PDF »
Nandina Nandina domestica Shrub PDF »
Peppervine Nekemias arborea Shrub Vine PDF »
Oleander Nerium oleander Shrub Tree PDF »
Empress Tree Paulownia tomentosa Tree PDF »
Swamp Smartweed Persicaria hydropiperoides Forb/Herb PDF »
Japanese Pittosporum Pittosporum tobira Shrub Tree PDF »
Indian Hawthorn Rhaphiolepis indica Shrub PDF »
Meadowbeauty Rhexia mariana Forb/Herb PDF »
Blackberry Rubus argutus Forb/Herb PDF »
Dwarf Palmetto Sabal minor Shrub Tree PDF »
Saw Greenbrier Smilax bona-nox Shrub Vine PDF »
Baldcypress Taxodium distichum Tree PDF »
Chinese Tallow Triadica sebifera Tree PDF »
Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifolia Tree PDF »
Chinese Snowball Viburnum Viburnum macrocephalum Shrub PDF »
Lilac Chastetree Vitex agnus-castus Shrub Tree PDF »

*Growth habit classification based on the USDA NRCS PLANTS Database.