It was a cold and damp day in March when I hiked around the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve. I hiked the 19 acres of barren limestone bedrock of the Marblehead Quarry and didn’t have difficulty finding the beautiful plant, named Hymenoxys herbaea.
Thousands grew from the seemingly hostile environment, amongst vernal pools and rocky ground. Each basal rosette of leaves produces a single 6 inch high, leafless stalk topped with a solitary flower. They all tend to bloom simultaneously, dotting the barren landscape with yellow.
The petals are double notched. I hold this one gently to take a photo in the wind.
RARE WILDFLOWERS CAN BE SAVED!
Click HERE for information about the Lakeside Daisy Nature Preserve and directions to get there.
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