October 4, 2014 Early Fall Wildflowers of North Georgia, Union County

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Monkshood, Aconitum uncinatum

Monkshood, Aconitum uncinatum

Description: Early fall is a wonderful time to see some of Georgia’s rarest and most colorful wildflowers. This trip will take us to at least three locations in the north central part of the state, including areas near Young Harris and Suches.  Plants we hope to see in bloom include 3 Gentians:  the beautiful and rare Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita), Stiff Gentian (Gentianella Fringed Gentian, Gentianopsis crinitaquinquefolia), and Soapwort Gentian (Gentiana saponaria).  Also, two species of Parnassia: Kidney-Leaf Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia asarifolia), and the rare and ornately veined Large-Leaf Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia grandifolia).  In addition: two aptly named plants: Monkshood (Aconitum uncinatum), and White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra).  We also hope to see White Goldenrod (Solidago bicolor), and perhaps a couple species of Ladies’Tresses (Spiranthes sp.).

White Turtlehead, Chelone glabra

Meet:  10:00 am at the Chevron station near the intersection of US 76 and Track Rock Gap Rd between Blairsville and Young Harris, GA.

Directions:  I-75 to I-575 north to GA 5/515 to Blue Ridge, GA, then east on US 76/ GA 515 to Blairsville.  From the intersection of US 76 and US 19/129 in Blairsville, continue heading east on HY 76/515  toward Clayton, GA for about 6.4 miles. Meet at the Chevron Station on the left. If you come to Track Rock Gap Rd (or to Young Harris), you have come too far.

Bring:  Lunch to eat on the house porch of Gene and Joyce Hall near Young Harris.

Grass of Parnassus, Wild Hog Creek

Grass of Parnassus, Wild Hog Creek

Facilities:  At meeting site.

Walking:  Easy, near cars, with a short bushwhack walk near the monkshood site.

Trip Leaders:  Mike Christison, mikepaddler@aol.com, 770-973-6482 (H), 770-596-3564 (Cell phone for day of trip), and Richard & Teresa Ware, gabotany@comcast.net, 706-232-3435 (H), 706-766-5143 (Cell phone for day of trip).