Native Plant of the Day 10/30/2013
Photo from 7/2/2011. Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, Dade County, GA
Mountain Bush Honeysuckle – for more photos / info go to the Diervilla rivularis detail page.
Utah Honeysuckle, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (06/29/2012.) Scientific name is Lonicera utahensis. Photo below was taken at Ponderosa State Park, in Valley County, ID on May 31, 2012. It is also known by the common names Red Twinberry, and Fly Honeysuckle. Go to the Utah Honeysuckle detail page for more information.
Yellow Honeysuckle, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (04/11/2011.) Scientific name is Lonicera flava. It’s also known by the common names Pale Yellow Honeysuckle. Photo below was taken on Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, Georgia on April 9, 2011.
Native Plant of the Day 01/02/2011.
Photo from May 25, 2008. Location: Grundy County, TN.
Trumpet Honeysuckle - for more photos / info go to the Lonicera sempervirens detail page.
Native Plant of the Day 10/29/2010 (photo from May, 2008):
Trumpet Honeysuckle - for more photos and information go to the Lonicera sempervirens detail page.
Sweet Breath of Spring, a non-native honeysuckle species, has been added to the USWildflowers.com database. Scientific name is Lonicera fragrantissima. This sweet-smelling plant also goes by the common names of Fragrant Honeysuckle and January Jasmine.
Starting in late spring, my grandkids start running around looking for honeysuckle blossoms. They learned early on that if they wait until the white blossoms age until they just start turning yellow, they can pick the blossom, pull the base of the blossom off and pull the stigma through the corolla tube, and they’ll be rewarded with a delicious drop of nectar as a treat.
I’m calling an official close to the spring wildflower season at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, from the USWildflowers.com perspective. While there are still certainly many wildflowers blooming, the image of the Jack in the Pulpit is symbolic of the status of the spring wildflowers. It is moving into the summer season – no remaining trillium blossoms, only a rare scattering of geranium and phacelia, and even the Canada violets are almost entirely gone. The wild hydrangea blossom buds are starting to form, and the flying gnats are becoming a problem.
While I will still make occasional treks down to The Pocket, future reports will be intermittent (maybe until next spring!) and I hope to bring reports from wildflower expeditions into other areas of the region starting, Lord willing, with a report from Big Frog Mountain next week.