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  • Welcome to Couchville Cedar Glade. You'll find this kiosk at the trailhead.
  • Tennessee coneflowers, once thought extinct, now bloom in profusion at Couchville Cedar Glade.
  • The prairie coneflower—another variety of coneflower—also inhabits the Couchville glade. Here a field of radiant prairie coneflowers catches the sunlight.
  • Coneflowers thrive in cedar glades, which are known to be harsh, hot environments in the summer.
  • Bright orange butterfly milkweed plants dot the landscape of Couchville Cedar Glade.
  • The open expanses, rocky terrain and vegetation of Couchville Cedar Glade are comparable to features of the prairies of the West.
  • A butterfly alights on a prairie coneflower.
  • The prairie coneflower is just one of many species of unusual wildflowers that thrive in Couchville Cedar Glade.
  • Tennessee coneflowers sway in the summer wind. On Aug. 4, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Tennessee coneflower has recovered enough to be removed from the Endangered Species List.
  • Prairie coneflowers silhouetted by the afternoon sun.
Couchville Cedar Glade
Located just outside downtown Nashville, Couchville State Natural Area covers 112 acres—71 of which were purchased and protected by The Nature Conservancy—and is home to many rare plant species, including the Tennessee coneflower.

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