The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia

Natalie Foreman

Gray’s lily, photograph by Ben BrewerGray’s lily  Courtesy Appalachian Voice/Ben Brewer

Rare plants flourish on Tater Hill

This story was originally published by Appalachian Voice.

BOONE For Gray’s lily, 2021 was both the best of times and the worst of times.

The vulnerable lily, which grows only in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, is a species of particular interest at the Tater Hill Plant Preserve in Watauga County, North Carolina. Here nearly 1,600 acres of land, including a rare mountain bog, are devoted to the study and protection of rare and endangered plants.

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