#Wildflowers of The Walking Track at Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene

Several years ago the Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene generously opened a walking track next to a creek on their property in Flintstone, Georgia and made it available to the public. My wife and I take advantage of that track from time to time, and have been surprised and pleased by how many wildflowers grow in the area.  Yesterday was a beautiful day, so we walked the track, and I went back later to photograph the wildflowers.  Here are a dozen native species blooming now along the track.

Green-headed Coneflower, Cutleaf Coneflower

Among the first wildflowers you notice along the creek is Green-headed Coneflower.

Cardinal Flower, Scarlet Lobelia

Along the bridge and at several other places the Cardinal Flower adds a splash of scarlet.

Purple-headed Sneezeweed, Purplehead Sneezeweed - Helenium flexuosum

Scattered along the creekside part of the path are a number of plants of the lovely Purple-headed Sneezeweed.

Common Arrowhead, Arrowleaf, Burhead, Wapato, Duck-potato, Broadleaf Arrowhead - Sagittaria latifolia

Pushed up and into the creek are quite a few Arrowleaf plants.

Virginia Dayflower - Commelina virginica

Also scattered on the creek banks are many Virginia Dayflower plants.

Wingleaf Primrose-willow, Wingstem Water Primrose, Willow Primrose, Upright Primrose-willow - Ludwigia decurrens

A patch of Wingleaf Primrose-willow also made it’s appearance on the edge of the creek.

Hollow Joe Pye Weed, Trumpetweed, Tubular Thoroughwort, Hollow-stemmed Joe-pye-weed - Eutrochium fistulosum

Several tall patches of Hollow Joe Pye Week were beginning to bloom on the opposite bank of the creek.

Jewelweed, Touch-me-not, Spotted jewelweed - Impatiens capensis

Seeming to be at the peak of their bloom, and abundantly, are the Spotted Jewelweed.

American Pokeweed, Pokeberry, Inkberry, Poke Sallet - Phytolacca americana

Pokeweed likes to poke itself in everywhere…

False Nutsedge, Strawcolored Flatsedge, Strawcolor Nutgrass - Cyperus strigosus

False Nutsedge is common in our wet areas here in North Georgia

Heal-All, Common Selfheal - Prunella vulgaris

Several Heal-all plants were hidden in the grass along the walking track.

Fogfruit, Lanceleaf Fogfruit, Northern Fogfruit - Phyla lanceolata

Fogfruit is frequently unnoticed due to its diminutive size, but quite lovely when you take a closer look.

 

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