Rock outcrop flora

One of the special parts of the farm are the rock outcrops down by the Flat River. Since we are in some fairly interesting geology in this part of Person County (more on that in some other post), we find that the flora can also be fairly interesting.  One of my favorite finds last year was a big patch of mountain stoncrop (Sedum ternatum) on the rock outcrops.  This native pseudo-succulent plant loves shaded rock outcrops (in addition to mountain coves and some bottomland forest), so the hardwood forest with rock outcrops on our property is a perfect place for it.  As you can see from the photo, there are also lots of lichens and mosses on the outcrops.  I’m hoping in future months/years to start identifying these to genus or species to add to the biodiversity list of the farm.

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