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New England’s native flora is varied and unique, influenced by the diverse landscape of the region. The rocky coastline is brushed a goldenrod yellow while the northern woodlands are populated with white and red pines as ferns weave around their base. Black-Eyed Susans seemingly flourish along the highways while Lupines paint the rolling hills of the northern parts of the region.
Flora is much more than the rigid pines, boundless ferns and wild flowers that we instantly thing of when we thing of ‘flora’. It’s also the fruit-bearing plants and deeply-rooted vegetables , the pond-lillies and the water-lillies, The bladder-wort and the eel-grass.
How has this diverse flora shaped New England? How has it influenced our communities, our artists, the small shops, farms and the region’s dinner table? This issue sets out to see how the native plant life of New England has done just that.