Wood Nettle abundant; at peak bloom

Tom HarringtonOur Town Outdoors

Wildflower Report – Lower Mount Cammerer Trail (B to Campsite #35) – 17 July 2023

  • Black Cohosh – Many – Mostly past peak bloom but a few approaching peak bloom.
  • Coreopsis – Few – At or just beyond peak bloom.
  • Heal All – Some – At peak bloom (nice).
  • Indian Pipe – (1) – Past peak (right at path to campsite).
  • Reclining Saint Andrews Cross – (2) – At peak bloom.
  • Rosebay Rhododendron – Many – Most past peak bloom but still some buds (scattered).
  • Saint John’s Wort – Some – Just starting to bloom. (blooms very small).
  • Smooth Hedge Nettle – Few – Approaching peak bloom.
  • Tick Trefoil – Some – Well past peak bloom.
  • Wild Hydrangea – (1) – Blooms all but gone.
  • Wood Nettle – Many – Most appeared to be at peak bloom.

Notes: Not a great number of flowers in bloom on this trail at this time. Active yellow jacket nest about 2.4 miles out the trail on the right. It appears that an animal (probably a bear) has been digging in the nest.

Tom Harrington is a regular hiker who reports on wildflowers in the Smokies.


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