Tag Archives: South Georgia Wildflowers & Native Plants

Lichens & Mosses, Irwin County

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The sandy ridges of the Alapaha River bottomlands are abundant with these lichens and mosses. On Crystal Lake Road, near the river, they blanket the right of way for nearly a mile.

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I don’t know enough about these species to say much about their biology, but they’re a beautiful sight and seem almost otherworldly. The dominant blueish-green variety in most of these photos is known as Dixie Reindeer Lichen, or reindeer moss locally, (Cladonia subtenius). It’s widespread in protected areas throughout South Georgia.

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The species seen below is known as British Soldiers (Cladonia cristatella), for the bright red “blooms”.

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Piedmont Azalea, Ben Hill County

Rhododendron canescens Piedmont Azalea Native Plant Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

Rhododendron canescens is a familiar harbinger of spring that can be seen blooming along wooded roadsides throughout the South this time of year. Its common names include Native Azalea (a general term for numerous native rhododendrons), Piedmont Azalea, Mountain Azalea, Honeysuckle Azalea, Sweet Azalea, Pinxterflower, among others.

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Late Purple Aster & Sulphur Butterfly, Wayne County

Wayne County GA Late Purple Aster Symphyotrichum patens  Sulphur Butterfly Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Late Purple Asters (Symphyotrichum patens) can be found sporadically throughout South Georgia from late September until early November. They appear in a variety of habitats. I found this one, hosting a sulphur butterfly, in a ditch. There were only a half-dozen or so plants in the colony.

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Durden’s Mill Pond

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Coca Cola Sign Millstone Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This sign beckoned me to turn in, but besides turning around and snapping a few shots, I was unable to explore this local landmark as it’s private property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The structure pictured above and the cabin below are all I saw, but there appear to be others on the surrounding property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Cabin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The mill pond is a tranquil landscape and a longtime favorite of fishermen.

Durdens Mil Pond Durdenville GA Emanuel County Landmark Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Scarlet Wild Basil (Clinopodium coccineum) , a species widespread in the nearby Ohoopee Dunes, is present here, as well. I’ve seen more of these interesting native plants in Emanuel County than anywhere else in Georgia.

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Butterfly Weed, Ben Hill County

Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Orange Wildflower Native Plant Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

In the milkweed family, Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is one of the showiest and most memorable SouthGeorgia wildflowers. It’s not uncommon, but you have to know where to look for it.

Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Calliopsis, Ben Hill County

Goldenmane Tickseed Coreopsis basalis Calliopsis Yellow Spring Wildflowers Native Plants Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Most people just see pretty yellow wildflowers on the roadside and lump them all together, but I try my best to identify them when I can. This particular coreopsis (Coreopsis basalis) is also known as Golden-mane Tickseed, Golden-mane Coreopsis, or simply Tickseed. I wish botanists could agree on one name! It’s common in ditches and waste areas all over South Georgia from late spring until early summer.

Goldenmane Tickseed Coreopsis basalis Calliopsis Spring Wildflowers Native Plants Ben Hill County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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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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