The road into Dicks Creek passes through a lot of privately owned land before it reaches the wildlife management area. The road side had been mowed and the area didn’t look very promising. Our first reward for persisting was…
coming around a bend in the road and getting a beautiful view of a waterfall on Dicks Creek.
We continued up the road and it was a while before we found our first prizes of the afternoon. In the open, on a west-facing slope, we found a patch of
Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple, May Apple, May-apple, American Mandrake) plants,
Most plants were single-stemmed and not setting blooms. Only a few had ‘split’ stems with developing buds. Mayapples may be found in many counties in the Piedmont counties in Georgia.
And, hiding in plan sight on the embankment below them was a row of…
An individual flower. These plants always look too delicate to be thriving and flowering in full sunlight.
The road continued along the hillside in a relatively open area above the creek and we spotted plants I would have expected to find in more sheltered areas.
A couple of Polygonatum biflorum (Solomon’s Seal) plants that were…
Beginning to set blooms. These plants are also found in the Piedmont counties of Georgia.
From the open area, the road passed by a series of steep, sheltered embankments that were moist compared with the open areas. Here we found promise of a variety of wildflowers.
Iris – probably Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris) - were sprouting. This species is found mostly in north Georgia counties.
We found a single plant in bloom, a harbinger of things to come.
A close view of the flowers.
Another surprise. We found a couple of Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot, Red Puccoon) plants.
This species may be found in some coastal plain counties as well as in Piedmont counties.
In this section of the road, we had seen some favorites and also some new wildflower plants – Trailing Arbutus, Dwarf Crested iris, and Bloodroot.
The road forded Dicks Creek and climbed up the side of the hills to parallel the creek at a slightly higher elevation. There were some treasures still to come...
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Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia:
United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: