Tag Archive: Shut-In Trail

May 26

Golden Alexanders or Golden Zizia

These examples of Golden Alexanders or Golden Zizia [Zizia aurea] were found on the Blue Ridge Parkway Shut-In Trail on 25 May and on 26 May 2013 at The Botanical Gardens at Asheville.  It’s a member of the Carrot (Apiaceae) family and listed on pages 226-227 of Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. USDA Plants Listing:  http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ZIAU

May 25

Common Yarrow or Milfoil

Common Yarrow or Milfoil [Achillea millefolium] found on the Blue Ridge Parkway Shut-In Trail on 25 May 2013.  The USDA Plants website shows that it grows all over the United States and Canada, and it’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae) family.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 220-221, says that it can be found in fields …

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May 25

Lyre-Leaved or Lyreleaf Sage

Lyre-Leaved or Lyreleaf Sage [Salvia lyrata] was quite prevalent along our hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway Shut-In trail on 25 May 2013.  It’s a member of the Mint (Lamiaceae) and, yes, it’s stem is square.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 94-95, says it can be found in dry open woods in Spring and Early Summer. …

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May 25

Venus’ Pride or Large Houstonia

Venus’ Pride or Large Houstonia [Houstonia purpurea], a member of the Madder (Rubiaceae) family, found on the Blue Ridge Parkway Shut-In Trail on 25 May 2013.  The USDA website lists a North Carolina variety of this flower, Mountain Bluet, as endangered.  An entry can be found in Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 158-159, for the Large …

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