I had the pleasant opportunity to take a walk recently along a mountain ridge. The area had many rock formations with dry, shallow soil. Here’s a little of what I saw growing in these harsh conditions. I was reminded that even when life is difficult, or my spirit is dry, God surprises me with beauty.
Wood Strawberry - related to the Wild Strawberry but has a yellow flower; the berry is not as sweet as the Wild Strawberry.
Appalachian Sandwort - this plant is only found in a few of Pennsylvania's counties and is considered endangered here.
Low-bush Blueberry - it will be a few more weeks before the berries are ripe and sweet.
Greenbrier - this prickly, woody vine provides cover for small wildlife.
Greenbrier Thorns - when these plants form a thicket, they are difficult to pass through.
One of the many lichens on the mountain.
A few more types of lichen growing on rocks. A lichen is a composite of fungus and algae.
Sweet Fern - named for its aromatic leaves. Sweet Fern is nitrogen fixing allowing it to grow in infertile soil.
Wild Rosa Rogusa - a beautiful surprise among the rocks.
Since this wasn't in bloom, I'm unsure if it's Solomon's Seal, or False Solomon's Seal. The plants are closely related.
Hickory Nuts - I think. Do Hickory Nuts trees have catkins?
Can you help? I'm inclined to say this is Wild Radish.