The subject of this Neat Plant Alert was discovered growing on the property of ANPS member Sid Vogelpohl, who is well known for his many Know Your Natives articles.
He found the plant on a rocky bluff below his house near Paris, Arkansas and couldn’t quite come up with an ID that satisfied him. The photos were submitted to Theo Witsell, botanist at the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), who confirmed its identity as Yellow Nailwort (Paronychia virginica). It is a rare plant in Arkansas, found only in 6 counties, and is tracked by the ANHC.
Article and photographs by ANPS member Michael Weatherford