Spring Flowers on the Plateau Surface

Many do not regard the Cumberland Plateau surface to have beautiful displays of spring wildflowers such as seen in the coves. However, there are many beautiful common flowers to be found, such as violets, azalea, bluets, and blueberries.

Here is a Birdfoot Violet (Viola pedanta) growing on moss with a chestnut oak (Quercus montana) seedling.20160425_130239

Azalea (Rhododendron sp) have very showy flowers – on the Domain, the colors range from white to pink to orange and stand out distinctly in the forest.

Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea) can be found on the forest floor and associated with plateau wetlands.


Finally, Blueberry (Vaccinium sp) flowers may not be showy, but they are highly prized, as they will soon transform into delicious summer snacks.20160425_132551



About Callie Oldfield

I was a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Sewanee Herbarium from Winter 2015-Summer 2016. I am currently a PhD student studying Plant Biology at the University of Georgia.

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