Canby's mountain lover is quite rare throughout the entirety of its range and is currently under consideration for federal listing. Other than Ohio, it grows in select areas of south-central Kentucky and along the southern Appalachians from Pennsylvania down through the Virginia's and into Tennessee. The small, linear leaves are evergreen and the overall growth pattern is a low, branching shrub. Plants flower in March-April and sometimes again in the fall. Fruit has never been observed on Ohio's plants due to their clone origin.
Thanks to all who gave it a whirl and another congrats to John for identifying this fascinating rarity!
While I am certainly not short on topics to share, I am short on the necessary free time it takes to do so. I figured in the mean time I could keep things from stagnating further with a quick and fun plant quiz! Just take a look at the photograph below and leave a comment with your best guess! Thanks to all who decide to play along and best of luck!
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