As long as I have lived here on Roan Creek I have taken great delight in walking our woods and identifying the flora and fauna of our little corner of middle Tennessee. 20 years later I have noted variations, seasons, micro climates, and mini habitats. My explorations have created a love and appreciation for what my Lord spoke into existence. Come with me and I will share with you some of our bounty... some edible...some medicinal...some useful as dyes or fiber...some purely for the enjoyment of living.
(Passiflora Incarnata)The Official Wildflower of Tennessee, Passion Flower is a vining plant also known as apricot vine, that grows abundantly in pasture edges, fence rows and roadsides. It forms a beautiful flower with lacey purple petals. It then gives way to a roundish fruit about the size of a lemon that is light green to yellowish when ripe and the skin is wrinkly.
Inside is the juice covered seeds. They are traditionally made into jams or wine or just eaten fresh.
Medicinally arial parts , stems and flowers are dried and used in a tea to aid sleep, stress relief, high bloodpressure, anxiety, nervous disorders and seizures.
WILD HYDRANGEA(HYDRANGEA ABORESCENS)
JOE PYE WEED