oreophila habitat

Tue, 4 Apr 95 07:31:40 EDT

Last weekend, with the Georgia native plant society, ones of the sites visited was habitat for the endangered oreophila pitcher plant. This site, in NE Alabama, is at an elevation of about 2000 ft, putting it probably in zone 6. I was astonished to find this plant growing in black muck soil soil such as you might find celery growing in. Its companion plants were robust meadow grasses in a power line right of way. Unfortunately, the site attracts off-road vehicle enthusiasts and the power company is planning to fence it off, in a gesture of cooperation with the plant protection forces.
Dick Wagner