September 23, 2017, Coosa Prairies, Part 2, Floyd County, GA

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Nabalus barbatus

Date: Saturday, September 23. Meet at 10:00 AM in Rolator Park, Cave Spring, Floyd County 

Description: Part 2 of the Coosa Prairies field trips finds us examining a completely different set of flowers from Part 1. Late summer and early fall is when most species of composites on the prairies come into bloom. Some plants we hope to find: At least 9 species of Asters including New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Tickseed Sunflower (Bidens polylepis), Swamp Thistle (Cirsium muticum), Narrow-leaf Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius), Whorled Sunflower (H. verticillatus), Blazing Star (Liatris squarrulosa), Prairie Lion’s Foot (Nabalus barbatus), Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida), White-flowered Goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides), Riddell’s Goldenrod (S. riddellii), and Stiff Goldenrod (S. rigida).

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; extra water, bug spray, cameras, rain gear. 

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

Facilities: Meeting site only

Helianthus verticillatus

Leader(s): Richard & Teresa Ware – 706-232-3435 – (cell) 706-766-5143 – gabotany@comcast.