Tag Archives: Georgia Wildflowers & Native Plants

Coral Bean, Toombs County

Coral Bean Erythrina herbacea Red Flower Bush Tree Altamaha River Bottomlands Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) is one of South Georgia’s most colorful native plants, though it’s rarely found in great numbers. It’s widely cultivated by home gardeners for its showy red flowers as a treat for hummingbirds.

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Hooded Pitcher Plants in Bloom, Berrien County

Hooded Pitcher Plant Sarracenia minor in Bloom Endangered Native Carnivourous Plant Bannockburn Community Berrien County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Often seen in ditches and bogs, the Hooded Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia minor) is one of the most interesting and unique plants in South Georgia.


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Roadside Wildflowers, Turner County

Roadside Wildflowers Spring Color Verbena Turner County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This was shot on Haw Pond Road.


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Cypress Swamp, Waynesville

Waynesville GA Brantley County Cypress Pond Swamp Coreopsis Natural Area Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Roadside Wildflowers, Lands Crossing


In early spring, broomsedge (Andropogon virginicus) and coreopsis are widespread and a colorful sign of life in roadside ditches throughout South Georgia.


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Swamp Sunflower, Long County


Swamp Sunflowers (Helianthus angustifolius) are symbols of autumn in South Georgia and can be seen in ditches and roadside bogs all over the region. I have some in my yard that are nearly 9 feet tall.


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Grand Bay, Lowndes County


Grand Bay is located within a 13,000-acre wetlands system which is said to be the second largest natural blackwater wetland in the state, after the Okefenokee Swamp. It is of the type of land features known as “Carolina bays” which, according to one theory were created by meteor showers. Dudley’s Hammock, a rare example of a mature broadleaf-evergreen hammock community, is found in the area. Strolling leisurely along the boardwalk which provides easy access to the wetland, one of the most beautiful plants likely to be encountered in late spring and summer is the Button Bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), as pictured below.


At the end of the half-mile boardwalk is the 54-foot Kinderlou Tower, which served as a fire lookout in nearby Kinderlou Forest from 1939-1993. It was donated to the state by Harley Langdale, Jr., a prominent Valdosta businessman. Be advised in summer that the walk up the tower can be exhausting and that numerous red wasps nest on the structure. The view from the top, though, is worth the effort.


To reach Grand Bay WMA from Valdosta take U. S. Highway 221 North approximately 10 miles and turn left on Knight’s Academy Road. Go 1.5 miles to the entrance sign on the right. The entrance road leads 1 mile north to a “T”. The boardwalk is to your left, the interpretive center and canoe trail entrance to your right. A Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass, or GORP, is now required for access; for more information, call the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division at 229-426-5267.


An aside: My good friend Jan Stokes, who had a long career with DNR at Bowens Mill, pointed out to me in an email just how difficult a task it was to build the boardwalk in 100-degree and freezing weather over several years, battling snakes and alligators at every turn. Their dedication to the project mirrored the enthusiasm of Tip Hon, who was the guiding force behind the state’s vision for Grand Bay WMA.


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Pitcher Plant Bog, Turner County


This bog near Ashburn is one of the most abundant in the area, with Yellow Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia flava) being the dominant species.



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Gopher Apple, Irwinville

gopher apple irwinville ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Gopher Apple (Licania michauxii) is sporadically common in sandy roadsides and waste areas throughout South Georgia. It’s a food source for Gopher Tortoises (hence the name) and favored by many creatures that occur in their range. These were photographed in an area near Big Creek (Alapaha River) just outside Irwinville on Georgia Highway 32.

gopher apple irwin county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011


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Scarlet Wild Basil, Emanuel County

scarlet wild basil clinopodium coccineum ohoopee dunes emanuel county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Scarlet Wild Basil (Clinopodium coccineum) is one of the emblematic species of the Ohoopee Dunes, flourishing throughout much of the area.


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