The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain Status Update 03/30/2017 – 39 Species Blooming

I had not planned on getting back down to The Pocket so soon after Sunday’s trip, but I got an email from Clayton Webster of the Over The Hill Hiking Group on Tuesday inviting me to join them on their visit to The Pocket today. I was really glad I joined them, not only because they are such a fine, fun group of folks, but without them I would have missed a Bloodroot still blooming! With that Bloodroot and all the other early spring flowers except Harbinger-of-Spring making a presence (yes, Dutchman’s Breeches STILL blooming) and so many other species at peak bloom, today might have been the perfect day for a visit to The Pocket. Thanks, Clayton!

Crested Dwarf Iris - Iris cristata

Crested Dwarf Iris – One of the new species blooming since Sunday

The full list of what I found blooming, more or less in the date order I expect to find them blooming. (Click on the hyper-linked scientific name to go to the page with more photos/information on that species.)

Eastern Red Columbine - Aquilegia canadensis

Eastern Red Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis

Violet Wood Sorrel - Oxalis violacea

Violet Wood Sorrel – Oxalis violacea. I’ve never seen one this nearly white before. Under magnification, a trace of color can be seen on the petals.

  • Violet Wood Sorrel (Oxalis violacea) – Saw many of these, including a colony with new-to-me almost white flowers. I had to boulder a bluff to photograph them.
  • Wild Blue Phlox  (Phlox divaricata) – Plentiful.
  • Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) – Quite a few blooming, not to peak yet.
  • Field Pansy (Viola bicolor) – Along the road into the parking lot after the ford, and down to the boardwalk.
  • Bent White Trillium (Trillium flexipes) – Plentiful.
  • False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) – Plentiful.
  • Round-leaved Ragwort – I think! (Packera obovata) Starting to bloom.
  • Purple Phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida) – Plentiful.
Woodland Stonecrop - Sedum ternatum

Woodland Stonecrop – Sedum ternatum – finally rewarding us with open blossoms after teasing us for weeks!

New since 3/26/2017:

  • Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) – Finally!
  • Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata) – One of my favorites; my season is never complete until this one blooms.
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida) – The earliest of the parking-lot-bordering Dogwoods is blooming.
  • Squawroot (Conopholis americana) – Saw one colony of these oddities.
  • Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) – “Blooming” is a bit of an exagerration. One plant had one blossom open, but many, many plants are very close. These are beautiful.
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) – Several Jacks were fully-formed. I was surprise, because we only saw a few tiny plants just sprouting 4 days earlier.
Jack in the Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum

Jack in the Pulpit – Arisaema triphyllum

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