Native Plant of the Day 07/01/2013
Photo from June 18, 2005. Location: Roaring Fork Motor Trail, GSMNP.
Southern Arrowwood - for more photos / info go to the Viburnum dentatum detail page.
Today my buddy Dave and I are headed up to Big Frog Mountain for an overnight backpacking and spring wildflower trip. It was along the Big Frog Trail several years ago that I first photographed and subsequently identified maple-leaf viburnum – Viburnum acerifolium. That trip was when I started my off-and-on hobby of photographing and identifying wildflowers. My recent “discovery” of The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain reignited my enjoyment of this pastime, so I think it’s appropriate that today’s photo be of a plant I photographed on my most recent wildflower trip down to the pocket, a plant I also photographed on my first ”wildflower trip.” Continue reading
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.