Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wildflowers at Boggs Creek Recreation Area: Take Two (Part 2)

April 13th, 2013. It was clear from our trip to  Boggs Creek RecreationArea in the Chestatee Wildlife Management in Lumpkin County on March 30th that this would be an interesting place to follow through the Spring wildflower season. Particularly, a couple of developing wildflowers – a trillium and a plant with fern-like leaves – had piqued our interest and we wanted to identify them. We crossed the road to where we had seen the Viola hastata plants in bloom to see if there were new wildflowers in bloom.

The creek bank where we found the Viola hastata blooms on our previous visit.

This looks like a dwarf iris but time will tell.

 We found a patch of iris plants had emerged during the previous two weeks.

A closer view

An individual plant.

Tiarella cordifolia (Heartleaf Foamflower, Foamflower, Mountain Foamflower, False Miterwort)

An individual plant in bloom

Young buds

Just starting to open; none of the flowers has opened fully.

Flowers at the bottom of the spike have opened.

A closer view of individual flowers

The leaves of most plants were an even green but a leaves of some plants had darker patches at their centers.

Pedicularis canadensis (Canadian Lousewort, Lousewort, Wood Betony, Eastern Lousewort, Fernleaf)
The ‘native’ form of this species has cream flowers; a form with maroon flowers is a variant of this species.

Most of the flowers we found were deep maroon, whereas some were

Intermediate between the original cream form and the deep maroon form.

An individual flower

From here we drove up to the end of the road…
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Identification Resources:
Southeastern Flora

Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: 

United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database:

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