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Helianthus porteri (Porter’s Sunflower) Survives Drought at Rocky Face Mountain

Helianthus porteri, Porter’s Sunflower, is a highly specialized sunflower endemic to the harsh conditions of granitic outcrops.  It is found at only two  sites in North Carolina.  One of these is a low elevation granitic dome called Rocky Face Mountain, in … Continue reading

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Early May: Diamorpha smallii Blooms and Portulaca smallii Appears

Diamorpha smallii Large communities of Diamorpha smallii (Elf Orpine) are now blooming at the Mitchell Mill S.N.A. and other granitic flatrock and outcrop communities in the Central Piedmont of North Carolina.   Pictured below are the typical red stems and white … Continue reading

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Mid-April Highlights at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area

Mid-April is an excellent time of year to visit the granitic flat rocks at the Mitchell Mill State Natural Area.  The Appalachian Stitchworts (Minuartia glabra) are in full bloom and completely cover some areas along the margins of the rock. The … Continue reading

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