This is a quick update to Friday’s status on The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain; things change daily during this time of year. Read on for some changes I noticed in a trip we took down there today so my wife could see the Dutchman’s Breeches.
- Wood Poppies – Full swing from just a few in just a few days.
- White Trillium – Many plants with partially-opened blooms.
- Jack in the Pulpit – Many plants sprouted, several with the pulpits forming and at least one nearly fully opened.
- Carolina Spring Beauties are the dominant species along the boardwalk and trail to the falls.
- Columbine – Several plants along the horse trail fully open. Look up on the rock wall.
- Wild Blue Phlox – Widespread along the horse trail.
- Cumberland Spurge – Along the horse trail by the rock wall.
- Plantainleaf Pussytoes – Along the horse trail just past the rock passage above the top of the falls – forest side.
While still easy to find, there was significant decline in Toothwort, Bloodroot, and Hepatica.