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
Nettleleaf Sage – Native Plant of the Day 04/29/2017
Photo from 4/29/2014. Location: Chickamauga Battlefield National Park, Catoosa County, Ga.
More photos and information at the Salvia urticifolia detail page.
Nettleleaf Sage – Salvia urticifolia
Smooth Phlox – Native Plant of the Day 04/28/2017
Photo from 05/04/2009. Location: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA.
More photos / info at the Phlox glaberrima detail page.
Smooth Phlox – Phlox glaberrima
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