Sweetfern, Comptonia peregrina, is neither sweet nor a fern, but is one of my favorite plants. It looks like something the dinosaurs would have walked through, and smells like all the warmest, spiciest, most magical aromas of imagination.
Maybe a tiny bit of "speech" would help here. Rock? Sweet potato? ????
Sorry, HelenB! I was so thrilled to find a root in the usually-unseen process of splitting a stone, I could not think of any words to say!When in doubt, though, check the "Labels" at the bottom of the post :)
OK! now that you've told me that the lighter-colored, wiggly thing is a root, I'm duly impressed.
That's a mighty strong root! Happy Saturday, Quinn!
Hmm, it is a puzzle. If that's a rock, do you think the root split it or do you think the root grew out of the crack in it?
More likely the root took advantage of a fault line in the rock.
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Very interesting! Roots really can do such damage if they are in the wrong spot. Best wishes, Tammy
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