Jacksonville Woodlands Wildflower Walk 3-18-22

Photos by Cynthia, Jonathan, Kay and Liz

Many thanks to Kay who talked me out of cancelling the Wildflower Walk after the first two locations proved disappointing last week.  Eleven of us showed up for the Jacksonville Woodlands WW: old timers Barry, Kay, Rich, Jonathan, Leslieh and me, as well as five new people - Kathy, Cynthia, Debbie, Janis, and Laure, who came all the way from Prospect.  She'd heard about us from AHG hiker Nanci Cremer.  

We started out at the Beekman Wildlfower Arboretum, where we picked up a few of their really informative brochures.  As we climbed out of the chilly ravine, the wildflowers began to reveal themselves, to our delight.   This was a highly knowledgeable group who generously shared what they knew about the medicinal and other uses of plants we encountered.  We even found a "mystery" wildflower growing luxuriously along a creek, which gave us a chance for a lively discussion as we delved into our books and apps.  The birders in the group also kept us informed on the feathered residents.

The mystery flower turned out to be the Lesser celandine, also known as Fig buttercup or Pilewort, an invasive species from Europe and Asia that has taken over hundreds of acres in the east -- a classic story of a plant too good to be true.  It resembles our native Marsh marigold, but as Debbie pointed out, has more than 5 petals, while the MM only has five.  The full list of blooming flowers is below, but are not all pictured, to encourage you all to make use of our AHG Wildflower Resource page and to conserve space.  However, did anyone take a picture of the Osoberry?  We need one for the resource page.

The flowers are just beginning to emerge, the place will be truly outstanding in a couple of weeks, so I encourage you to visit when you can.  Rich's Monday hike will return here March 28.  Next up on our WW schedule is Enchanted Forest April 1.

Hounds tongue
Henderson's fawn lily
Nutal's Milkmaids or Toothwort
Oregon grape (shrub)
Osoberry or Indian plum (shrub)
Purple dead-nettle (non-native)
Shelton's violet
Shooting star
Whiteleaf manzanita (shrub)

Respectfully submitted, Your Flower Floozy Liz

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