Our wildflower hunting adventures continued this weekend with some more fun finds. Ample rains this winter have contributed to a healthy flush of plants, we're noticing everything looking particularly lush. Here are some more examples of plants you're likely to see here in the Roanoke Valley, specifically these were found on Mill Mountain. I really got lucky, we were able to park the car on the side of the road and despite still being on crutches I was able to hobble along on the trail and roadside just enough to get to see these plants. Many thanks to Jeff for scouting out the spot ahead of time!
|We'll start with my favorite from the day...|
|At first, I thought surely this must be a non-native, it looks too healthy! But, my books suggest otherwise, it's native Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii) and grows 1-3 feet tall with umbels 2-4 inches across on moist, wooded slopes.|
|We found quite a large mass of these plants and the white flowers made quite a statement in the dark woods. I have a weakness for big, bushy perennials.|
|Here's another shot, close up. If not for looking at the violet, I wouldn't have spotted them.|
*As always, I confess I'm no expert, feel free to suggest if I've made an error in identifications.