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Ornamentals include floriculture and nursery products, typcially grown for aesthetic purposes in landscape design, gardens and cut flowers. have been the fastest growing agricultural sector in North Carolina over the last decade. However, nurseries and greenhouses are not isolated geographically, and the movement of both propagation and finished stock occurs across the globe. Due to this movement of plant material, North Carolina is faced with the constant threat regarding the introduction of exotic or regulated pathogens into our state on infested plant material or in potting substrates.

Ornamental Resources


The Floriculture Program focuses on major flowering plants, cut flowers, nutrition, pests, greenhouse management, technology, business and cultivation techniques. NC State floriculture research clarifies growth and flowering habits for ornamentals, identifies mechanisms and disorders interfering with production and regulation.

JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum introduces, displays, and promotes plants that diversify the American landscape, thereby benefiting our communities economically, environmentally, and aesthetically, as well as provide educational experiences to the general public, students of all ages, and the green industry.


The Horticultural Science Landscape Design Program provides innovative research and outreach in the art and science of design of landscapes using plants. Landscape horticulture addresses mastery in ornamentals, turfgrass, residential, construction, urban trees, and nursery crops.

Plant / Ornamental Breeding

The Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics at North Carolina State University develops new cultivars, germplasms and parental lines. The interdepartmental research programs have faculty members providing skills in DNA-based marker technology, plant transformation, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and basic field breeding.


The Horticultural Substrates Laboratory encourages communication and publishes information about substrates and urban soils. The Horticulture Substrates Laboratory faces grower challenges dealing with water quality, conservation, runoff and waste management.

Ornamental InfoSearch

Use this powerful search engine for all questions Ornamental related. The Ornamental InfoSearch delivers information from scientific and trade publications, websites and repositories, including NC State University resources.