Welcome to the West GA Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society.

The chapter was formed by a group of native plant enthusiasts, in September 2008, to serve the people in the western counties of the North Georgia piedmont.

  • We promote the use of native plants in home, commercial and community landscapes.

  • We rescue plants in danger of destruction by development, working with property owners and developers to relocate the native plants in an organized and safe manner.

  • We promote the restoration of native habitat and provide educational information about restoration to the public.

  • We discourage the use of non-native, invasive plant species.

You are invited to join us at our meetings, which are open to the public, and are held in the Carrollton Ag Center. Check out the Meetings & Activities page (link in the navigation bar, to the left) for meeting dates and to learn about other activities.


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Collinsonia canadensis
    (kol-in-SOH-nee-uh    ka-na-DEN-sis)
Horse Balm, Citronella, Heal-all, Snakeroot, Stonewort, taken on August 3, 2014.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland

Collinsonia canadensis can do well in the home landscape.

Collinsonia canadensis is found in moist woodlands in partial shade. It grows 12 to 36 inches tall, with large, oval, coarsely toothed leaves to the top of the stalk, and long, branched, terminal spikes of small, yellow flowers which stand above the leaves. Foliage (when crushed) and flowers of this mint family member have a citronella or lemon fragrance.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade, it does well in sandy or clay soils and will tolerate somewhat dry conditions.

Native Americans drank a tea made from the knotted, tough roots and the leaves of Collinsonia canadensis as a general tonic and as a treatment for bladder and kidney stones. The leaves were also used as a poultice for bruises. Even today, herbalists use Horse Balm as a tonic for the entire circulatory system.

Common uses for this plant include: woodland, native plant or wildflower gardens. A superb filler for empty spots in the understory.

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To contact us:

West Ga Chapter of GNPS
PO Box 635
Carrollton, GA 30112


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