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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

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#Wildflowers on the #Waterfalls Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park 04/16/2014

Wednesday, 04/16/2014, woke up bright and beautiful, if a bit chilly with overnight lows in the lower 30’s. I had a reminder on my calendar to check for Trillium sulcatum, a species I had not seen previously, at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Calendar and weather were in sync, so around 10 AM I headed out for my first visit to this wonderful, nearby state park in 2014. I spotted some Vernal Iris (Iris verna) along the park’s entrance road, a portent of what I hoped would be a beautiful walk. I was not disappointed.

Vernal Iris - Iris verna

Vernal Iris – Iris verna


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#NPOD: Prester John #Nativeplants

Native Plant of the Day 01/22/2014

Photo from April 23, 2010. Location:  Zahnd’s Natural Area, Walker County, GA.

Prester John – for more photos / info go to the  Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum detail page.

Prester John, Jack-in-the-Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum

Prester John, Jack-in-the-Pulpit – Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum

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#Wildflowers at The Pocket – Update 04/21/2013

It’s been a very busy two weeks, but we made it down to The Pocket today; unfortunately only the boardwalk.  The spectacular show is definitely winding down, but there is still plenty to see.  Among the flowers now at peak are the Wild Hyacinth – Camassia scilloides.

Wild Hyacinth; Atlantic Camas - Camassia scilloides

Wild Hyacinth; Atlantic Camas – Camassia scilloides

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#Waterfalls and #Wildflowers – The Pocket – an Early Spring? 02/04/2013

On Monday, Feb 4, I took a ride down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain with a couple of my grandsons – Chase and Jeff.  To a great extent this was to get them out from in front of their computers/video games, but also, since we’ve had such a warm winter, to check to see if there were any early signs of spring.  We walked the boardwalk and all the way up to and above the falls.  We had a good time, and even though I was expecting some indication that spring is around the corner, I was surprised…

Waterfalls in The Pocket by USWildflowers, on Flickr

Waterfalls in The Pocket

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Prester John – Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum – Added to USWildflowers Database

Prester John, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database. Scientific name is Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum, a subspecies of Arisaema triphyllum.  This plant also goes by the common name Jack in the Pulpit, but this is a distinct separate subspecies from Arisaema triphyllum ssp. triphyllum, the plant we usually see and call “Jack in the Pulpit.”

Update 04/13/2016: Based on Weakley’s Flora, I have changed this to Arisaema quinatum.

Prester John - Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum

Prester John – Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum

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