Discover the plants that make spring in north Georgia such a popular season.
Ephemeral wildflowers only bloom for a brief time. Usually starting in March and lasting through mid-April, these flowers, in a sense, are racing against the coming shade of the forest tree canopy.
Ephemeral wildflowers bloom, are pollinated and set and disperse seed before the leaves reappear on deciduous trees. They then disappear until their amazing emergence again the next year.
Be sure to take the opportunity to recognize their appearance and beauty during the short time they are here! If you have a patch of mixed hardwood forest on your property, do a little botanizing to see if you discover your own populations of spring ephemerals.
If you can’t find any in your area, plan a trip to hike Elachee’s trails to see the amazing diversity of ephemeral wildflowers the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve has to offer. Hike the Ed Dodd and the Lake Loop trails to see the following beauties!
10 Ephemerals to Look for in Chicopee Woods
Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis L.
Bluestar, Amsonia tabernaemontana
Catesby’s Trillium, Trillium catesbaei
Dog Violet, Viola riviniana
Dwarf Violet Iris, Iris verna
Fiddlehead Fern or Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris
Hepatica, Anemone hepatica
Little Brown Jug or Evergreen Wild Ginger, Hexastylis arifolia
Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum
Roundleaf Yellow Violet, Viola rotundifolia
Toadshade Trillium, Trillium sessile
Snap a photo of the emphemerals you find and send by email to email@example.com.
For more information about wild flowers or any natural history topic, please call us at Elachee at (770) 535-1976. We will be glad to hear from you.