One of the many interests handed down by the women on both sides of my family is a love of gardening. All seasons, all things beautiful. Grasses, bushes, trees, and flowers. We love to get our hands in the dirt and create outdoor canvas' of colors. I'm always looking for different perennial flowers to plant in my flower beds and landscaping.

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Wildflowers of Kentucky

As I walk down the Kentucky roads near my house, I'm amazed at the amazing wild flowers that grow in the Bluegrass state.

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The flowers are breathtaking, even though they are pretty much weeds that get mowed down by road crews. Every where you look, their are flowers as far as your eye can see. No matter what time of year Kentucky is a beautiful state. So many different kinds and colors.

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Kentucky Is home to rare wildflower

The flower is extremely rare because it can only be found in two Kentucky counties, and no other place in the world.

The Kentucky glade cress is a small (two to four inches in height), annual plant that grows on areas of flat, thin soil. It occurs only in extreme southeastern Jefferson County and the northeastern portion of Bullitt County, Kentucky.

- kygladecress.com

Basically, the conditions for the flower to thrive are just right and can't be found any where else.

The Kentucky Glade Cress

The photographer of the above photos also has a Youtube channel. He had this to say about his Kentucky Glade Cress video.

...Kentucky Glade Cress is a small annual flower found only in particular areas of southern Jefferson County bordering northern Bullitt County. Patches of the KGC can be found at Broad Run section of the Parklands of Floyds Fork and also at the Pine Creek Barrens Nature Preserve near Shepherdsville.

The rare Kentucky Glade Cress is a threatened species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list Kentucky glade cress as a threatened species, and to designate critical habitat for the species in two Kentucky counties.

- kygladecress.com

How to protect the Kentucky Glade Cress flower

  • Protect Critical Habit Zones - Educate developers about the flower.
  • Spread Information to Residents - Make sure residents know the rarity of the indigenous flower. 
  • Create Culture of Responsibility  - If left unprotected development will kill it, destroy its habitat and it will be gone.

- kygladecress.com

 

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