Native Plant of the Day 03/29/2013
Photo from April 4, 2010. Location: Zahnd’s Natural Area (lower), Walker County, GA.
Slender Toothwort - for more photos / info go to the Cardamine angustata detail page.
Just under two weeks ago (2/4) I reported that Harbinger of Spring and Hepatica were blooming at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, the beginning of an early spring. We made another trip down there today, and things are continuing to develop. This post has the list of what we saw blooming or getting ready to bloom.
This is Leap Day. For this once-every-four-years day, I thought that rather than the normal Native Plant of the Day (#NPOD on Twitter) I’d post a few native plants from and a report on the early spring status of the wildflowers at one of Georgia’s premier wildflower locations, The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain. As things worked out, Feb 27 was the day available to make the short trek down to that part of Walker County.
It was a beautiful day. When my wife and I headed down to The Pocket on Monday, Feb 27, 2012, we considered both the beautiful day and the time we were able to spend together a blessing from God. We also expected to find wildflowers, since we’ve had very little real winter and quite a warm February. However, we had no idea!
Hairy Bittercress, an introduced species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (02/15/2012.) Scientific name is Cardamine hirsuta. Photo below was taken in Walker County, GA, on February 4, 2012. It is also known by the common name Hoary Bittercress. Go to the Hairy Bittercress detail page for more photos and information.