The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain Status Update 4/3/2015 – Signature Blooms!

This is a great time for a visit to The Pocket; I hadn’t been able to get down there in nearly 3 weeks (apologies to those that were looking for a status report last week) and so many species are blooming now! Bluebells, Wood Poppies (Celandine), Purple Phacelia, and all three Trillium species are at peak, along with a couple of others that aren’t considered “signature species” for The Pocket.

Wood Poppy

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Purple Phacelia

Robin's Plantain

      • Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) – I found one blossom fully open, but these are getting close to being in full bloom – the wait for these to open seems interminable
      • Bishop’s Cap (Mitella diphylla) – Quite a number blooming along the extension trail to the falls.
      • Heartleaf Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) – These are at peak or nearly so.
      • Geranium (Geranium maculatum) – Quite a few, but I don’t think they’re quite at peak yet.
      • Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) – Found a single one blooming along boardwalk.
      • White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) – A few plants blooming along the boardwalk.
      • Ragwort, Roundleaf (Packera obovata) – Several blooming along the Pocket Loop
      • Wood Vetch (Vicia caroliniana) – I had never seen this blooming at The Pocket before, but there was a plant in bloom at the bottom of the Pocket Loop Trail near the gate.

Forming buds:

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3 thoughts on “The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain Status Update 4/3/2015 – Signature Blooms!

  1. Denise

    Would love to know where around The Pocket all these wildflowers are found. My husband and I traveled there 10 days ago and found nothing but a few scattered toothworts, violets, pussy toes and bluets. The entire place looked like a dried up place in South Ga. — nothing as presented on any of the on-line pics. Please let me know if there is another location around The Pocket where wildflowers can be found. They are my passion. Have much more variety and beauty in and around the Cohutta area and Carters Lake. Thank you so much for your help.

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