Rare Plant Hike

Submitted by Anne Whittemore


This hike was along the AT north from Hughes Gap Road to Little Rock Knob.  Led by Jamey Donaldson and Julie Judkins of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


Meadow Parsnip

Whirled St. Johnswort

Solomon's Plume

Hooked Buttercup

Meadow Rue (I suppose this is Skunk Meadow Rue although we didn't crush the foliage to     get the revolting smell) - next time!


Bloodroot - NB


Yellow Mandarin

Small Roan Mountain Rattlesnake root (Prenathes roanensis)

Wild yam

Solomon seal



Bluet (Houstonia purpurea) - which doesn't really speak to the specific species

Shining club moss

Pennsylvania Sedge

Large round-leafed orchid

Hay scented fern

Common wood anenome

Common blue violet

Halberdleaf yellow violet

Indian cucumber root

Canada mayflower

Wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia)

Whorled loosestrife - NB

White Clintonia

Dwarf cinquefoil (Potentilla canadensis)

Wild strawberry

Painted trillium

Red Trillium

Large-Flowered Trillium

Sweet white violet (Viola blanda)

Yellow woodland violet (V. pubescens) or "Hairy yellow violet"

Wood nettle (Laportea canadensis)

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild oats

Sharp-lobed hepatic - NB

Foam flower



Red Oak

Striped maple

White Ash

Bluck Gum

Sweet Birch/Cherry Birch




Rare hairy-tailed mole (dead)