The most surprising thing about our stop at Whitetail Lake in Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center was that several wildflowers were blooming. Admittedly, right at the edge of the east-facing parking lot where it was sunny for a good deal of the day.
Common dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) were blooming…
Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) buds were about to open...
Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) were blooming and developing seedpods. This is the first time I’ve seen Shepherd’s Purse in the wild.
At the edge of the woods a little distance from the parking lot, several plants of Elephant’s Foot - probably Elephantopus tomentosa - had bloomed, developed seeds, and dried. These plants were about 30-inches high; twice the height of any that grow at our place.
This may be an interesting place to visit in search of wildflowers during the year.
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- Southeastern Flora
- USDA Plants Database
- Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
- Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center: Whitetaill Lake