We only caught fleeting glimpses of the Noontootla River. The view is obscured by pine tress and rhododendrons
We found a large patch of milkweed plants with seed pods. I’m guessing these are Asclepias exaltata (Poke Milkweed) but it’s going to mean a trip back next Spring to verify the identification when the plants are blooming. These plants have only been documented in far northern counties in Georgia, including Fannin County. In anticipation, here are some photographs of the plant and flowers.
Seedpods were long and slender. Some plants had two seed pods
Individual Richweed (Collinsonia canadensis) plants were growing along the edge of the road.
Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) plants had bloomed this year. Good cause for another trip back to this beautiful valley next year
A close-up view of developing seed pods
Small Bonny Bellflowers (Campanula divaricata) were growing along the road embankment
Mountain Aster (Eurybia chlorolepis) plants were blooming. These stood out among the wildflowers we saw.
White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) flowers were a little past their best but still stood out.
At the junction of the road at the top of the ridge, we turned southwest and drove out to the Appalachian Trail below Springer Mountain.
Next: Out to Springer Mountain and back
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Southeastern Flora:- Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain)
- Ageratina altissima (White Snakeroot)
Name that Plant: Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Eurybia chlorolepis (Blue Ridge White Heart-leaved Aster)
Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium: Asclepias exaltata (Poke Milkweed, Tall Milkweed)
United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: