Explorers Club Spring Wildflower Walk

Carol Broderson led a group of 17 explorers on an early spring, wildflower walk along the New River Trail last Saturday.  Carol is a Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club volunteer, and  also works with the Trails to Every Classroom program.

The wooded slopes adjacent to the trail were carpeted with spring wildflowers including Blood Root, Red Trillium and Early Saxifrage.

Partial Species List:

Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

Blue Cohosh Caulophyllum thalictroides

Bluets Houstonia caerulea

Columbine  Aquilegia canadensis

Common Blue Violet Viola sororia

Cutleaf Toothwort Cardamine concatenata (formerly Dentaria laciniata)

Dutchman's breeches Dicentra cucullaria

Early Saxifrage Saxifraga virginiensis (saxigfrage means rock breaker) 

Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida

Golden Ragwort Packera aurea

Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum

Recurved Buttercup Ranunculus recurvatus

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis 

Red Trillium Trillium erectum

Spring Beauty Claytonia virginica

Star Chickweed Stellaria pubera

Trout Lily Erythronium americanum

Wild Ginger Asarum canadense

Yellow Fumewort Corydalis flavula