June 3, 2017, Rare and Beautiful Plants of the Coosa Prairies, Floyd County

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Wavyleaf Purple Coneflower (Echinacea simulata)

June 3, 2017, Rare and Beautiful Plants of the Coosa Prairies, Floyd County 

Meet: 10:00 AM in Rolator Park, Cave Spring, Floyd County

Description: We will visit the Coosa Prairies, a Nature Conservancy conservation easement of 929 acres. These remnant prairie sites in extreme western Floyd Co. are listed as the rarest habitat in Georgia by the Nature Conservancy. Some of the many wildflowers we hope to see include: Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias hirtella), Climbing Milkvine (Matelea obliqua), Scaly Blazing Star (Liatris squarrosa), Mohr’s Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia mohrii), Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), Wavyleaf Purple Coneflower (Echinacea simulata), and many, many more.  

Mohr’s Barbara Buttons, Marshallia mohrii

Directions: Take I-75 north to the second Cartersville exit (exit 290, GA 20). The sign says Rome / Canton. Turn left (west) on Ga. 20. Follow Ga. 20 and then US 411 to Rome, around 20 miles. In Rome, Ga. 20 and US 411 will split. Follow US 411 (left fork) toward Cave Spring. At 2nd traffic light turn right (stay on US 411) and follow all the way to Cave Spring. At traffic light in Cave Spring, go straight, cross bridge and immediately turn left into Rolator Park. Meet at parking area for cave on right.

Bring: Lunch to eat near cars, not carried on walk; plenty of water; bug spray; camera.

Walking: Easy, mostly flat terrain, 1-2 mi., depending on road conditions.

Facilities: Meeting site only

Leaders: Richard Ware – 706-766-5143 – gabotany@comcast.net & Malcolm Hodges – 404-473-0441 – mhodges@tnc.org