Category Archive: Wildflowers

Parasitic Flowering Plants of Appalachia

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By Daniel Manget     In late summer in the Southern Appalachians, the plants get so thick that traveling through the woods on anything other than a trail is almost out of the… Continue reading

The Wild and the Cultivated: Is there really a difference?

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By Luke Manget The Turk’s Cap Lily is one of the southern Appalachian Mountains’ true wildflower jewels, but does our perception of its beauty depend upon its state of wildness?  In other words, if this photo… Continue reading

Spring Wildflowers and Ants: Part 1 of The Evolutionary Best Buds Series

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Each spring ephemeral wildflowers burst through the forest floor to take advantage of plentiful sunlight and an abundance of pollinators but, there is one type of organism that is particularly excited to see… Continue reading

The Quest for Shortia: How a 17-year-old boy found the holy grail of botany

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My first post is a story that all residents of western North Carolina, especially those interested in botany and history, should know: the quest for shortia galacifolia, now commonly called Oconee Bells. For… Continue reading

Ephemeral Wildflowers of Appalachia: Living the Rock N’ Roll lifestyle

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The Spring Wildflowers in the Appalachian Mountains are rebels and gamblers who are constantly playing the odds in order to gain a competitive advantage. In a region with so much diversity this is… Continue reading

It is TIME! Spring Sprang!

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