Paronychia argyrocoma / Pink Family
Grandfather Mountain, NC
October 10, 2006
This was not photographed in Tennessee, but it does grow in the higher elevations of our mountains. At first I wasn't sure there were any flowers on the plants, they were at the end of their blooming period. It was truly amazing that these plants could survive at all, considering how many thousands of feet trample over the rocks where they live. They snuggle down into the cracks between the rocks near the swinging mile-high bridge on Grandfather Mountain.