Garden Closed

Due to the closure of the U.S. Capitol Campus to the public, the U.S. Botanic Garden continues to have altered operations.  Bartholdi Fountain and Gardens and the Terrace Gardens are open while the Conservatory and gated outdoor gardens are temporarily closed. Please monitor for updates on operating status. Many resources can be accessed online, including educational materials, virtual tours, and online programs. Connect with resources from home at

Harper's beauty

Harperocallis flava
Plant Botanical Name: 
Harperocallis flava
Plant Threat Level: 

Harper's beauty has been federally listed as Endangered since 1979, but the few remaining populations have been decreasing since then, due to fire suppression, right of way mowing and altering site hydrology. For about four weeks every spring, the long-leafed plant sprouts a solitary yellow flower. Harper's beauty occurs in sunny wet prairies, seepage slopes, cypress swamps, pitcher plant bogs and today is sometimes seen in open, moist roadside ditches. It is found in only a few locations within a small area in and around the Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida Panhandle.