Ground with Lewis’s flax

Ground with Lewis's Flax

This plant was “discovered” by Meriwether Lewis, or it was known by native Americans in the West who then lived with it as a neighbor, or it was “discovered” by Thomas Jefferson in Lewis’s notes and samples, or it was “discovered” by me in the Monticello garden right before I “discovered” the initials “L&C” in a pretty script on the plant marker there, confirming my suspicion that the Lewis in its name referred to Meriwether. Or it has known itself over millions of years, or it is still discovering how to be itself and grow where it might, including in the garden of an Eastern tourist attraction; or it will be discovered newly, perhaps in new form, by a future primate species we have yet to imagine.

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