|Sunlight streams in after restoration & Turkey Beard responds|
|A highly suppressed tussock of Turkey Beard, prior to brush removal and prescribed fire; this individual was persisting under dense rhododendron shade. Most Turkey Beards I have seen in the region persist in similar condition|
|Turkey Beard flowering amidst dense Cinnamon Ferns in a "mountain bog" habitat|
|A robust flowering scape of Turkey Beard growing adjacent to Purple Mountain Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia purpurea var. montana)|
The distribution of Turkey Beard and its western relative present an interesting puzzle for those interested in biogeography. The range maps presented below show the two Xerophyllum species and their natural ranges (from http://www.efloras.org). How did that happen??
Thanks to efloras.org