It’s ten o’clock Monday morning, and although the temperature is only about 82 °F on the Billy Goat B trail, I’m pouring sweat from the high humidity.
Fortunately, there’s a nice breeze blowing to keep me cool.
Hiker Elizabeth with her sixteen pound daypack loves it.
Photographer Elizabeth, trying to get nice flower pics, is deeply annoyed.
Seemed like I couldn’t get good pictures of anything. I had gone to shoot enchanter’s nightshade, a medium-sized, shade-loving forb with a wispy stem and tiny flowers, easily moved by the breeze.
The flower has an unusual structure, with only two petals, so deeply cleft that they appear to be four, two sepals, two stamens, one style, and an inferior ovary.
Other plants currently blooming include:
- fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)
- white avens (Geum canadense)
- trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans)
- honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)
- bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)
- water willow (Justicia americana)
- lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus)
- blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)
- common cattail (Typha latifolia)
- and even a few goldenrod! (Solidago species)
Can you point me in the direction of the enchanter’s nightshade? I went out looking for it today along Billy Goat B — hiked the full length plus various side trails and also the woods around Carderock — no luck. I did find the swamp full of lizard’s tail, though, which made me happy! That’s a great sight to see.
Hi, LW – it’s on the east side of the little stream that has to be forded. There were a few plants almost on the stream bank, at the start of the old trail that’s been closed. A few more are on the left side (if you’re walking downstream) going up the little slope.
The plants are about two feet tall, but the flowers are minute and easy to miss.
Glad you found the lizard’s tail! They are impressive en masse.
Thanks! Did you see the spotted St. John’s wort and the starry campion? (Also white campion, but that doesn’t count. So many introduced species blooming right now!). Warning to you and other wildflower hunters: watch out for chiggers! Woe is me.
I didn’t see starry campion, but I did see white campion and the St. John’s wort. Thanks for the heads-up about the chiggers.
I saw one starry campion plant on BG B, not far from the phacelia patch we discussed. If you start at the phacelia and walk down the trail toward the river, it’s directly on the left edge of the trail a little before you make the turn to go east. If it’s still blooming, it will be easy to see because you basically brush it on the way by.
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