04/06/2010 Wildflower Status Update at The Pocket on Pigeon MountainPosted on April 7th, 2010 No comments
We made a quick trip down to The Pocket on Tuesday evening. We made a short 100-yard walk up the horse trail and took a spin around the boardwalk, so I’m unable to update the status of flowers found along the trail to the falls, but here’s what I’ve got.
Here’s a list of the wildflower status:
The Pocket Baneberry, Bellwort, Bishop's Cap, Blue Cohosh, Chickweed, Columbine, Foamflower, Jack in the Pulpit, Pennywort, Phlox, Purple Phacelia, Pussytoes, Redbud, Rue Anemone, Spring Beauty, Trillium, Violets, Virginia Bluebell, Wild Geranium, Wood Poppy, Yellow Mandarin
- Baneberry: The white baneberry is starting to bloom.
- Bellwort: Bellwort is at peak bloom.
- Bent Trillium: This is probably at or near peak for Trillium flexipes.
- Bloodroot: I only saw a single blossom remaining.
- Blue cohosh: Blooming profusely. I called it “peak” 5 days ago, but they are even more abundant now.
- Chickweed: Stellaria pubera still blooming profusely, but seemingly in decline.
- Columbine: I didn’t make it to where the Columbine bloom, but they should be good right now, since they were just beginning to bloom 5 days ago.
- Dutchman’s breeches: They’re gone! I did not spot a single one still blooming.
- False Solomon’s Seal: The buds are forming and they’ll be open soon.
- Foamflower: Peak of the foamflower season, I think.
- Hepatica: I think I saw only a single hepatica blossom along the boardwalk.
- Hyacinth: The wild hyacinth have formed their buds, and will start blooming soon.
- Jack in the Pulpit: Several are open along the boardwalk. Several in their opening stage, which makes for an interesting plant.
- Mandarin: Yellow mandarin (Fairybells) are blooming.
- Miterwort (Bishop’s cap): I did not make it to their location along the trail to the falls, but they were just beginning 5 days ago, so should be about peak now.
- Pennywort: I didn’t make it up the horse trail to where I spotted them 5 days ago, but they should still be blooming.
- Phlox: I was surprised that I didn’t find any along the boardwalk, but they are beginning to bloom along the horse trail.
- Purple phacelia: I didn’t make it up the horse trail to where I spotted the single plant blooming 5 days ago, but they should common up around the falls now. I didn’t see any along the boardwalk.
- Pussytoes: Blooming along the horse trail.
- Redbud: The redbud trees are beautful right now.
- Rue anemone: Continue to be numerous.
- Solomon’s Seal: They are opening and tiny buds are hanging below many of the stems.
- Spring Beauty: Still many of them around.
- Toadshade: Trillium cuneatum are starting to bloom.
- Toothworts: Very few blossoms remain.
- Trailing trillium: Quite abundant – probably at peak.
- Trout lily: Gone! There were a few shriveled blossoms lying on the leaves, but I didn’t spot a single blooming Trout Lily.
- Virginia bluebell: Numerous; at peak. Beautiful!
- Wild geranium: Just beginning to bloom along the boardwalk.
- Wood (celandine) poppy: Numerous, at or just past peak. Beautiful!
- Canada violets: Everywhere.
- Common blue violet: Common in quantity, but uncommonly beautiful.
- Yellow violet: Hundreds of them; probably both Viola rotundifolia and V. pennsylvanica.
- Long-spurred violets: Quite numerous everywhere. The clusters of these were quite striking.
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