Monthly Archives: September 2014

#NPOD: Bursting Hearts #NativePlants

Native Plant of the Day 09/21/2014

Photo from Oct 17, 2010. Location: Blount County, TN

Bursting Hearts opened seedpod – for more photos / information go to the Euonymus americanus detail page.

Bursting Heart, Hearts-a-bustin', Strawberry Bush. - Euonymus americanus

Bursting Heart, Hearts-a-bustin’, Strawberry Bush. – Euonymus americanus

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#NPOD: Zigzag Spiderwort #NativePlants

Native Plant of the Day 09/20/2014

Photo from Sep 6, 2010.  Location: Reflection Riding, Hamilton County, TN

Zigzag Spiderwort – for more photos / information go to the Tradescantia subaspera detail page.

Zigzag Spiderwort, Wideleaf Spiderwort - Tradescantia subaspera

Zigzag Spiderwort, Wideleaf Spiderwort – Tradescantia subaspera

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Lyon’s Turtlehead – Chelone lyonii – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Lyon’s Turtlehead, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (9/17/2014.)  Scientific name is Chelone lyonii.  It is also known as Red Turtlehead, Pink Turtlehead, and Appalachian Turtlehead . Photo below was taken near the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Buncombe County, NC on Aug 29, 2014. Go to the Lyon’s Turtlehead detail page for more photos and information.

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Allegheny Stonecrop – Hylotelephium telephioides – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Allegheny Stonecrop, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (9/14/2014.)  Scientific name is Hylotelephium telephioides.  It is also known as Allegheny Live-for-ever. Photo below was taken along the Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, in Rockingham County, VA on Sep 4, 2014. Go to the Allegheny Stonecrop detail page for more photos and information.

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Blue Ridge Parkway Drive – September 2014

My wife and I were heading to a couple of events in Morganton (a memorial service) and Linville (a wedding), NC on Labor Day weekend.  We have family in Roanoke, VA, and we had some spare time after the wedding, so we decided to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs by Linville, and on our return trip to stop by Roanoke for a visit afterwards.

Spotted jewelweed - Impatiens capensis

One of the wildflowers that stayed with us from end to end was Spotted JewelweedImpatiens capensis – along with its sister, Pale Touch-me-notImpatiens pallida

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