In the field of yellow bachelor’s buttons, these were growing too. A bit shorter and lower to the ground so you had to look for them amongst all the yellow!
Scrub Buckwheat Erigonum longifolium var.gnaphalifolium is listed as a threatened species in the US and Endangered in the state of Florida. I found a few growing in the BRC subdivision before it was developed. This photo was taken of a few plants that were growing next to a little country restaurant parking lot. They happen to be growing next to a power pole so haven’t been mowed or parked on!
This photo was taken along the highway near Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. It was weird that most of the wildflowers I saw that day were just outside the park – while I didn’t see much inside the park! These Yellow Eyed Grass flowers filled an entire field.
This past weekend I was up in Knoxville TN and drove back home to Florida through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It was a very scenic ride once we got out of the crowds of Gatlinburg. So for today I thought I’d post a few of the flowers I spotted along the mountain drive.
This Pawpaw blooms in spring with extra-large creamy white flowers. It is the host plant for the caterpillars of my favorite butterfly – the Zebra Swallowtail.
I just love this flower! Bold and large – white & bright. Unfortunately my garden is too shady for me to try growing it. It grows well along the roadside & dry open fields. Be careful though, the leaves & stems are prickly!