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Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Field Guide to the Limestone Cedar Glades

There are a number of wonderful sites which collect pictures of and information about plants of the mid-south. The three you may find most useful are:

  • The National Resources Conservation Services – Plants Database (
  • Wildflowers of the Southeast US (
  • Vanderbilt University’s Bioimages (

Plants of the Gravelly Glades

Nostoc commune – Witches Butter (not actually a plant but cyanobacteria) photos by Nancy Stetten

Arenaria (Minuartia) patula – Glade Sandwort, also Pitcher’s Stitchwortphoto by William S Justice, NRCS Plants Database

Leavenworthia stylosa – Nashville Glade-cress, Gray Cedar Glade-cress, Nashville Mustard ©Daniel Reed –

Sedum pulchellum – Lime Stonecrop, also called Widow’s cross©Daniel Reed –
Lobelia appendiculata var. gattinger – Gattinger’s LobeliaPhoto by Daniel Reedthe NRCS Plants Database
Talinum calcaricum – Limestone Fame Flower Photo by Thomas G. Barnesthe NRCS Plants Database

Oxalis violacea – Violet Wood-sorrel©Daniel Reed –

Phacelia dubia var. interior – Glade Scorpion-weed©William S. Justice. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Dept. of Systematic Biology, Botany.

Plants of the Grassy Glades

Aristida dichotoma – Three-awn Grass

Manfreda virginica – False Aloe (also Rattlesnake Master)©Daniel Reed 

Belamcanda chinensis – Blackberry-lily©Daniel Reed

Pediomelum subacaulis – Nashville Breadroot©Daniel Reed

Dalea gattingeri – Gattinger’s Prairie-clover also called Purple Tassels©Daniel Reed

Hypericum perforatum – St. John’s-wort©Daniel Reed

Hypoxis hirsuta – Star-grass©Daniel Reed
Eggleston’s Violet

Phlox bifida – Glade Phlox (also Cleft Phlox)©Daniel Reed

Verbena canadensis – Rose Verbena©Daniel Reed

Small’s Ragwort

Tennessee Coneflower ©Daniel Reed

Plants of the Xeric Limestone Prairie

Hypericum frondosum – Shrubby St. John’s-wort ©Daniel Reed

Forestiera ligustrina – Glade Privet© 2002 Steve Baskauf Vanderbilt University Bioimages
Rhus aromatica – Aromatic SumacSymphoricarpos orbiculatus – Coralberry© 2002 Steve Baskauf Vanderbilt University Bioimages

Plants of the Cedar Woods

Eastern Red-cedar ( Juniperus virginiana )Hackberry ( Celtis laevigata )

Blue Ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata )
© 2002 Steve Baskauf Vanderbilt University Bioimages
Winged Elm ( Ulmus alata )

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Middle Tennessee State University
Center for Cedar Glade Studies
Department of Biology 
PO Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615.904.8283 (phone for Kim Cleary Sadler)