A very special place in Southwest Virginia will soon expand its borders, thanks in part to the annual fundraising appeal by the Virginia Native Plant Society. The Cedars Natural Area Preserve supports ex ceptional natural communities including rocky, dry limestone glades and woodlands located across nearly 20 square miles in Lee County near the Powell River. The karst landscape, where thin soils develop over easily dissolved limestone bedrock, creates terrain that tends to be rolling, rocky, rugged, and full of sinkholes, caves, and sinking streams. The preserve is a haven for rare plants that have adapted to the mostly thin, nutrient-poor soils of the area.
Copyright © 2015, Virginia Native Plant Society. This article first appeared in Sempervirens (Winter 2015), 5, 8.
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Hayden, W. John. "Native Orchids in Winter?." Sempervirens, Winter 2015, 5, 8.