Jan. 30, 2017

pitcher-plant, Sarracenia purpurea

One afternoon in 1979 I was in a meeting in Tecumseh Michigan. To get home to Adrian I took a country road, looking for photo ops. I stopped to see what was down the hill, and walked into a wonderland. It's still one of my all time favorite places. Pitcher-plants were one of my first clues that I was seeing something extraordinary. I had found a very rare hillside fen, full of interesting plants. I later learned that the oldest plant specimen from Lenawee County is from there from 1832. Pam told me her Dad took his scout troop and her there in the 1950's. I'm sure many others have explored this local wonder. In 1987 this became the Nature Conservancy's Ives Road Fen Preserve. It has now expanded to over 700 acres of fen, uplands, and floodplain, stretching for almost three miles along the River Raisin.(http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/michigan/placesweprotect/ives-road-fen-preserve.xml) It was well worth coming home with muddy loafers and suit pants! Pitcher plants show us their strange 2-inch flowers in fens and bogs in AL, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL(T), GA(E), IL(E), IN, LA, MA, MD(T), ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF (provincial emblem), NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, SK, and SPM. It has been introduced to bogs in Ireland. Lenawee Co MI, 5/28/11