Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at www.USBG.gov/AtHome

Cabbage on a stick

Cabbage on a stick (Brighamia insignis)
Plant Botanical Name: 
Brighamia insignis
Plant Threat Level: 
Endangered

Cabbage on a stick, in the campanula family, is listed as "Critically Endangered" and is found on a few sea cliffs on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Overgrazing, human development, and competition from invasive plants have reduced this species to less than twenty naturally occurring individuals. The extinction of its pollinator, the sphingid moth, has made it all but impossible for Brighamia insignis to reproduce on its own. Conservationists go to great lengths to exchange pollen among these plants and to collect seeds that are grown in botanical gardens or stored in seed banks.