The Georgia Botanical Society made their trip to Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday, April 11, and I saw their photo report on Facebook. That, and a report from Richard Ware’s Sunday trip to the same location, inspired me to take advantage of a break in this week’s rain on Tuesday to get back over to Sitton’s Gulch to see the Dwarf Larkspur, Southern Red Trillium, and other wildflowers. It was a great choice, with at least 34 species of wildflower observed.
Dwarf Larkspur – Delphinium tricorne – Unusual blue form along Sitton Gulch Trail side loop
Starry False Solomon’s Seal, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (06/30/2012.) Scientific name isMaianthemum stellatum. Photo below was taken at Ponderosa State Park, in Valley County, ID on May 31, 2012. It is also known by the common names Starry False Lily of the Valley, Starflower False Solomon’s Seal, and Star-flowered Solomon’s Plume. Go to the Starry False Solomon’s Seal detail page for more information.
Starry False Solomon’s Seal, Starry False Lily of the Valley, Starflower False Solomon's Seal Star-flowered Solomon’s Plume - Maianthemum stellatum
False Solomon’s Seal, which has the “official” national common name of Feather False Solomon Seal, was listed in my old wildflower guide, the one I used when I first photographed and identified this plant five years ago, as Smilacina racemosa. I’ve subsequently discovered that classification has changed.