Small is beautiful! Our wetland of the month is Darlingtonia State Natural Site. is an 18 acre state park and botanical preserve just five miles north of Florence, Oregon.
The Darlingtonia State Natural Site, situated just north of Florence, Oregon, is dedicated to protecting the colorful carnivorous cobra lily, Darlingtonia californica. Carnivorous plants are often found in fens, one of the main types of wetlands. Fens are usually fed by mineral-rich surface water or groundwater, and characterized by their pH neutral or alkaline water chemistry. Carnivorous plants, in these nutrient-poor habitats, supplement their nitrogen requirements by luring, trapping, and digesting insects. At Darlintonia State Natural Site, cobra lilies dominate a wet opening within a coastal forest of shore pine, western red-cedar, spruce, and rhododendron. Read More