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Byron Jorjorian and the Tennessee Coneflower
Partners: Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri Department of Conservation
Produced by: TennesseeWildSide


A cedar glade is unique habitat in the southeast, a natural opening in the forest caused by bedrock pushing its way to the surface. With shallow soil and lots of limestone, a cedar glade can be a tough place to live. But that hasn't stopped a flower that bears the name of our state from calling it home. The Tennessee coneflower, known scientifically as Echinacea tennesseensis, can only be found in Davidson, Wilson, and Rutherford Counties in Middle Tennessee.

Once thought to be extinct, this unique flower was one of the first plants to be designated as endangered. Today the coneflower is not just surviving, but thriving, thanks in part to the help of some caring people. Wild Side Guide Ken Tucker spent a morning in the glade with nature photographer Byron Jorjorian to find out more about this special flower that can only be called a success story. Today over 100,000 plants can be found on around 300 acres of land.

Join nature photographer Byron Jorjorian as we photograph and learn more about the rare Tennessee coneflower. Special thanks to Ken Tucker, The Renaissance Center, Tennessee's Wild Side, and to PBS for making this video possible.

Last updated: May 20, 2013