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Spotted in Great Falls National Park in Maryland, just a few meters from the Potomac River. Also known as fringed bleeding-heart or squirrel corn, this beauty is native to rocky woodland and bases of cliffs in the Appalachians from Pennsylvania south. The plant is a bushy, perennial with light-green, much-dissected, ferny leaves (last photo) and clusters of drooping, heart-shaped, white to magenta-pink flowers.
Dry to moist, rocky, mountain woods, often in rock crevices at cliff bases; 100-1700m
This plant is threatened in the state of Maryland and endangered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It is restricted to an uncommon rocky habitat and is threatened by over-harvest
Spotted on Apr 18, 2016
Submitted on Apr 21, 2016