Last year, the road side mowers had left a swath of vegetation beside the seep that made it easy to sit and photograph the flowers. Unfortunately, this year the mowers had cut much closer to the edge of the ditch. The plants were blooming in the ditch itself. It turned out that this is a hotspot for some interesting wildflowers.
Impatiens capensis (Jewelweed)
There were just a few plants. They weren’t thriving, probably because the area was shaded most of the day.
Eupatorium perfoliatum (Common Boneset)
Just a couple of plants. Again, they would probably have preferred more sunlight.
A lone Pennsylvania Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus pensylvanicus) enjoying a morning snack on the Common Boneset
Rudbeckia lacinata (Blue Ridge Cutleaf Coneflower)
Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead)
Chelone cuthbertii (Cuthbert's Turtlehead)
Originally I thought this might be Chelone lyonii (Pink Turtlehead) but have re-evaluated the photos and believe this is Chelone cuthbertii (Cuthbert's Turtlehead) which is documented to occur in north Georgia counties.
This plant was growing on the far side of the ditch. I used snake tongs to grab the stem and gently pull it back over to where I was standing to photograph the flowers up close.
This is an interesting one-stop shopping spot for several unusual wildflowers.
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- Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead)
Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia:
Missouri Plants: Rudbeckia lacinata
J Pippen, Duke University: Eupatorium perfoliatum (Common Boneset)
United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: