Monthly Archives: April 2016

#NPOD: Lyre-Leaf Sage #Nativeplants

Lyre-Leaf Sage – Native Plant of the Day 04/30/2016

Photo from 05/04/2009. Location:  The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA. More photos / info at the Salvia lyrata detail page.

I love the large patches of blue sage, frequently mixed with the yellows of buttercups and the whites of daisies and fleabanes.

Lyreleaf Sage - Salvia lyrata

Lyreleaf Sage – Salvia lyrata

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Squirrel Corn – Dicentra canadensis – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Squirrel Corn, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/26/2016.) Scientific name is Dicentra canadensis.  Photo below was taken along the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cove Hardwood Nature Trail, Sevier County, TN on April 21, 2016. Go to the Squirrel Corn detail page for more information.

Squirrel Corn, Wild turkey-pea, Turkey Corn, Colicweed, Ghost Corn, Lyre Flower - Dicentra canadensis

Squirrel Corn – Dicentra canadensis

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Glade Violet – Viola egglestonii – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Glade Violet, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/12/2016.) Scientific name is Viola egglestonii.  Photo below was taken in a Chickamauga Battlefield Cedar Glade, Catoosa County, Ga on March 25, 2016. Go to the Glade Violet detail page for more information.

Glade Violet, Eggleston’s Violet - Viola egglestonii

Glade Violet, Eggleston’s Violet – Viola egglestonii

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Wild Bleeding Heart – Dicentra eximia – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Wild Bleeding Heart, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/15/2016.) Scientific name is Dicentra eximia.  Photo below was taken in the Cherokee National Forest in Polk County, TN on April 13, 2016. Go to the Wild Bleeding Heart detail page for more information.

Wild Bleeding Heart - Dicentra eximia

Wild Bleeding Heart – Dicentra eximia

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The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain #Wildflower Status Update 04/14/2016 – 39 Species Blooming

This will likely be my last status update on wildflowers at The Pocket this season. The overstory is filling out, and the leafy understory is blocking what sun makes it through the leaves on the trees, so the spring ephemeral season is drawing to a close. From a species count – this time I counted 39 species blooming – it seems to be active, but most of those are in definite decline. This would be a particularly good time to come if you want to catch some of those species in fruit. The massive display of Bent White Trillium (Trillium flexipes) is still on, but it and most other species are past their peak.

White Baneberry, Doll's Eyes - Actaea pachypoda

White Baneberry – time to be transitioning to the Doll’s Eyes common name – Actaea pachypoda

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Piney River Trail #Wildflowers List 04/08/2016

I’d seen (on Facebook) and heard (passerby on Chestnut Top Trail in the Smokies a week or so ago) about Piney River Trail near Spring City. Due to some cancelled plans, Friday, 04/08/2016 became available, so even though the weather was sketchy, I decided to drive the 65 miles to the trail to check it out for myself. It exceeded expectations both for wildflowers, and for simply being a fun, beautiful trail.

Large-flowered Trillium, Foamflower, Star Chickweed, Hepatica leaves

Large-flowered Trillium, Foamflower, Star Chickweed, Hepatica leaves

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