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Rock roses

Are there any truffles about?

Are there any truffles about?

They’re not roses, of course, but they’re one of the most beautiful of all wild flowers.

Looking them up on the internet to see if I could find any explanation for their name, I came instead upon 2 facts about rock roses in general (there are a lot of different kinds, including some shrubs).

The first is that they’re specially adapted for recolonizing after forest fires because they have very durable seeds which crack open when heated and germinate quickly, allowing the plant to get a head start.

The second is potentially very interesting in this area.

They’re able to create a symbiotic relationship with truffle mushrooms and have even been considered for use as host plants for truffle cultivation instead of oaks, pines, etc.

When the rainstorms have stopped making us feel like Noah’s Ark here, I must remember to go back and look for truffles wherever we have rock roses.

  1. May 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Rock rose is one of the Bach Flower Remedies but I never knew what it looked like until now!!

    • June 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Glad to have been of service 😉

  2. June 1, 2013 at 2:35 am

    LOve it now to teach the dogs how to did for them like boar 🙂 pretty flowers

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