How old can some of our plants get??


Dec 31, 1969
I don't know who would know this. I've never seen anything in the field guides about how long some plants and bushes live. But I'm curious.
BobM and I were at the Gloucester Furnace area walking around and we saw these large bushes. They aren't terribly tall, maybe 6 feet, but they have the appearance of great age. We thought they looked like blueberry bushes. So I'm wondering how old Blueberry bushes can get in the wild.
I've also been curious how old Prickly Pear can get, and also some lichens and some of the perennials, like goldenrod and boneset. The plant dies back each year but the root lives on.
I don't know if anyone really knows, but it could make for an interesting discussion.