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 – Dicentra canadensis
Philadelphia Fleabane – Native Plant of the Day 04/24/2016
Photo from 04/18/2011. Location: Walker County, GA. More photos / info at the
Erigeron philadelphicus detail page.
Philadelphia Fleabane – Erigeron philadelphicus
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
Alabama Snow Wreath – Native Plant of the Day 04/21/2016
Photo from 04/16/2010. Location: Walker County, Ga. More photos / info at the
Neviusia alabamensis detail page.
Alabama Snow-wreath – Neviusia alabamensis
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
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 – time to be transitioning to the Doll’s Eyes common name – Actaea pachypoda
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
Red Elderberry, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/08/2016.) Scientific name is Sambucus racemosa. Photo below was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blount County, TN on March 21, 2016. Go to the Red Elderberry detail page for more information.
Red Elderberry – Sambucus racemosa
Another hiatus from The Pocket of almost 2 weeks. Repeating from the last report – “Even more species are blooming now than two weeks ago.” This time I counted 40 species blooming, including one I don’t recall ever seeing down there before – Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata.) But the show is the massive display of Bent White Trillium (Trillium flexipes) – nearly every plant I saw had an open blossom, and the hillside was covered with them in many places.
Bent White Trillium – Trillium flexipes
It had been a couple of years since I had walked in Gee Creek Wilderness. Since it was spring break for some of my grandkids, the spring ephemerals were in full swing, and it promised to be good weather, I headed to Gee Creek with two of my grandsons (Noah and Philip) for a walk along the creek on Friday, April 1, 2016.
Waterfalls in Gee Creek