• Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Manassas

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

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Plants

Wildflowers in Manassas National Battlefield Park
Wildflowers in bloom at Manassas National Battlefield Park
NPS Photo; Courtesy of Gregory Perrier
 
 
VirginiaSpringBeauty

Virginia Spring Beauty
Claytonia virginica

NPS Photo

Several different types of plant communities occupy the 5,000 acres of land at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Hundreds of acres of the park are maintained as the historic agrarian landscape that existed in 1861. Agricultural hay leases preserve an authentic cultural perspective for the enjoyment of the public. The native, warm season grasses also provide an excellent habitat for wildlife. Open fields are covered in native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs.

The woodlands are made up of basic oak-hickory forests, acidic oak-hickory forests, mesic forests, mountain bottomland forests, mountain swamp forests, upland depression swamp forests, eastern white pine hardwood forests, and Virginia pine- Easter red cedar successional forests.

The park hosts over 700 kinds of vascular plants; 186 monocot angiosperms, 500 dicot angiosperms, 16 pteridophytes, and 4 gymnosperms carpet the premises. The abundance of multiple plant communities within the park represents a healthy ecosystem that is capable of supporting a diverse range of wildlife.

Click here for a list of vascular plants in the park

CommonBlueViolet
Viola papilionacea

NPS Photo

Click on the Blue violet for a list of the vascular plants in Manassas National Battlefield Park.

 
Plants are well adapted to survive through the changing seasons
Manassas National Battlefield
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Lieutenant Adelbert Ames of the 5th U.S. Artillery was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at First Manassas. Ames would eventually rise to the rank of brevet Major General. He would outlive all other general officers of the Civil War, dying in 1933 at the age of 97.