They're characterized by fertile well-drained soil rich in calcium and magnesium (because of underlying base-rich rock types) and usually full of a diversity of woodland wildflowers. This was certainly true of the great area that we visited yesterday in Chimney Rock State Park in NC. Check out what the soil looked like!
|soil in a rich cove forest|
The contrast was remarkable and magical. It's great to get out in the natural world!
|Trillium cuneatum (Little Sweet Betsy)|