Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We discovered a small limestone glade. It's not near our place, but it's in the same county (Blount county).
Plants in these glades thrive in unusual conditions: very thin soil on dry rocky ground.
A rocky pocket. From above, these flowers bring starfish to mind.
Widowscross, Sedum pulchellum. A.k.a. Pink stonecrop.
Most of them were white rather than pink. Definitely, they fit the description of "locally abundant".
Drifts of sandwort surrounded the sedum. I believe this is Glade sandwort, Minuartia patula.
In the shadier areas, there was a little Miami mist (Phacelia purshii). (Sounds more like a soft drink than a plant to me.)
I love the fringed petals.