© 2005 Honor Marks
Carolina Grass of Parnassus
oil on canvas
9" x 12"

"Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surround us or we light a candle to see by."

Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet
Copyright 1972 by Madeleine L'Engle Franklin. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC

The ornate veining on Carolina Grass of Parnassus' petals are said to map out a kind of landing pad to encourage insect pollinators. The once abundant species is now threatened due to residential and commercial development of its habitat.