Indigenous Plants and Native Uses in the Northeast
Look at the plants growing around you:
Moving up the shady, wooded hillside to the intersection of the Roadrunner and the Nipmuck Trail, look for the silvery yellow bark of the yellow birch (Betula species) tree. You will find short shruby maple-leaf viburnum (Virburnum acerifolium) trees growning at the feet of taller white oak (Quercus species) trees. Little colonies of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) dot the trailside, with white bell-shaped flowers in the early summer that turn to bright red berries by fall (that are best for seasoning after the first frost and well into the winter). Look for the tiny, bristly, prehistoric looking ground pine (Lycopodium clavatum) plant as the trail dips down the valley toward Schoolhouse Brook.
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