January 3, 2008
Identify That Southern Appalachian Wildflower - Final Update!
Photo take December 14, 2007 in Jocassee Gorges by John Ray
Can you identify this species of wildflower found blooming in Upstate South Carolina late last week? Please submit your guesses in the comment box below. I'll identify the species in a few days.
UPDATE: Still wondering what this flower is? Well, so am I! I looked through my field guides, and couldn't definitively identify this flower. So I am posting a higher resolution photo of the flower. I hope to have this positively identified soon!
1/3/2008 - Final Update: It appears that this flower is a Bloodroot. According to Heyward Douglass, former President of the Foothills Trail Conference, and wildflower enthusiast, the Bloodroot tis the first wildflower to bloom in upstate SC. Since the weather had been warm in December, it looks like this one popped up to look around. While the leaf associated with the flower doesn't look like Bloodroot, some have suggested that the flower is the first to appear, and the leaves in the photo are associated with another plant!
Thanks to all who ventured a guess!
Natural History | By Jeffrey Hunter | 5:15 PM