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Remarkable orchid's single leaf persists through winter in W.Va.

The remarkable leaf of Tipularia discolor stands out on the forest floor.
You may have to stretch your imagination a wee bit to embrace the common name of this very interesting West Virginia resident. That plant,...

Ramp harvesting ends in national parks in southern W.Va.

Ramps in southern W.Va.
Due to an observed decline in their population, ramps may no longer be harvested on properties managed by the National Park Service in southern...

Create your own woodland paradise in the backyard

A gardener has terraced a woodland area to accommodate ferns and other woodland plants.
I guess I’d have to attribute my love of woodland gardening to Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling MGM heartthrob of the '30s, '40s, and '50s....

Native blue lobelia provides ideal color in early autumn

Lobelia siphilitica blossoms brilliant blue in late August through mid-September.
These days it seems that just about every gardener I speak with is searching for pollinator plants. There’s a major focus on Lobelia cardinalis,...

Name change reflects expansion of W.Va. wildflower event

Blue phlox blossom in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
Officials with the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve say the expansion of the park's annual wildflower event from one weekend to two...

Rare West Virginia wildflower named for Thomas Jefferson

Jeffersonia diphylla blossoms at Sunshine Farm & Gardens in the Greenbrier Valley.
During this Corona pandemic, silver linings aren’t that difficult to uncover. Take the air in our major cities: at no time in our industrial...

Hearty beech fern ideal for the West Virginia garden

A Phegopteris hexagonoptera specimen stays lush even in droughty conditions.
Before we commence chatting about my favorite fern of all time, let’s get the nomenclature out of the way (nomenclature: a fancy, two-bit word...

Pink-flowering redbud trees guided early W.Va. settlers

A redbud tree flowers on the edge of a West Virginia woodland.
Blossoming across the eastern U.S. in spring, redbud trees were notably important during the settlement of the Appalachian Mountains, where they indicated the presence...

Single-leafed orchid grows wild in West Virginia woodlands

The single leaf of the Aplectrum hyemale orchid appears in winter.
This here story is a tale about a very interesting native plant that just happens to be one of the many species of orchids...

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