Montana Wildflower of the Day! Number 81: Lanceleaf Stonecrop
by Erin White
Stonecrop’s great advantage is in its preference for climates that most creatures shun: windblown, sun-parched, and craggy, where the winters are harsh. Unlike most of us, Stonecrop looks at a pile of scree and thinks, “Yeah! That’s where I’m putting my roots!” With succulent-like leaves, the plant can store volumes of water within a pretty small space and, for good measure, it closes its pores during the heat of the day and reopens them again to accept dewy contributions at night. Thanks to its high water content, Stonecrop brims with vitamins A and C and reportedly tastes like cucumbers. Though you can find it around town and in rock gardens, its leaves probably taste best if you scramble up a backcountry slope to join Stonecrop in the hinterlands.
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