Nov. 22, 2018

beach heath, Hudsonia tomentosa

Thought I would post an image of a wildflower the Pilgrims might have seen when they landed on Plymouth Rock. So I went looking for some history. And I found more ignorance. But we've just got to love the complications! The exact date of landing isn't clear, nor is the site. That rock myth got started a century or so later. Turns out they putzed around on the coast a little bit before they found a final place for everyone to come ashore. Which of course makes sense. So we'll just go with a flower that's likely to grow on a Massachusetts beach. Beach heath it is! This little shrub grows in sandy sites in CT(T), DE, IA(E), IL(E), IN(T), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NH(T), NJ, NY, OH(X), RI, VA, VT(E), WI, WV, AB, LB, MB, NB, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC(L), and SK. Keweenaw Co MI, 7/12/14.