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Flower Hill Nature Preserve - 2013

Sponsored by the Margaret Reid chapter

Sunday, May 05, 2013

In 2013 we finally made it to Triangle Land Conservancy’s Flower Hill Nature Preserve when the Rhododendron catawbiense were in full bloom!  This 10 acre site in Johnston County is a disjunct mountain community,with a cool, sheltering environment friendly to Catawba rhododendron, galax and other flora more commonly found 200 miles west in the southern Appalachians. After B.W. Wells called it a ‘freak of nature’ it was listed in Mobil’s Travel Guide, and on May 4, 1937, more than 4,760 visitors descended on Flower Hill from throughout the state and as far away as New England. Luckily for us the crowds have dwindled since then, and the Rhodies are still putting on quite a show in early May at the top of the bluff above Moccasin Creek.

Rhododendron catawbiense

Closer view

Flower truss

Turpentine Tree

Longleaf Pine with 'Catface' scar from turpentining

A reminder that this site is in the coastal plain, not the mountains!

Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis(?))

Pink Lady Slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

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