Spotted Mandarin – Native Plant of the Day 04/08/2017
Photo from 04/08/2016. Location: Piney River Trail, Rhea County, TN.
More photos / info at the Prosartes maculata detail page.
Nodding Mandarin, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (05/30/2016.) Scientific name is Prosartes maculata. Photo below was taken along the Piney River Trail (part of the Cumberland Trail) in Rhea County, TN on April 08, 2016. Go to the Nodding Mandarin detail page for more information.
I’d seen (on Facebook) and heard (passerby on Chestnut Top Trail in the Smokies a week or so ago) about Piney River Trail near Spring City. Due to some cancelled plans, Friday, 04/08/2016 became available, so even though the weather was sketchy, I decided to drive the 65 miles to the trail to check it out for myself. It exceeded expectations both for wildflowers, and for simply being a fun, beautiful trail.