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NC, VA, WVa Mountain Flowers
One of the many gifts passed to me by my father as I grew up in the
West Virginia mountains, was appreciation and knowledge of the various
wildflowers, especially those of spring. My favorites were Trilliums,
Trout Lilly (Dog Tooth Violet), Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Wild Ginger,
and even the lowly Water Cress.
Speaking of Water Cress, my Mother taught me the many eatable "greens." The
early spring Dandelion, Wild Lettuce, Wild Cabbage, Sour Dock, Wild Beet, Big Dock,
In later years, my
spring hunts for the elusive wild turkey
took me to the highlands of Pocahontas County, WV. During middle
April, the Trout Lilly were of such profusion, we didn't want to walk on the forest
floor for fear of treading on them.