Monthly Archives: May 2013

Unusual Tree at the Lowery Homesite

Last winter, Brian Bockhohn mentioned that the Falls Lake State Park rangers had noticed a large, odd tree at the old Alfred Lowery homesite. This abandoned homesite is located within the B. W. Wells State Recreation Area, about a mile … Continue reading

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Sherardia arvensis – Blue Field Madder

In Part Two of The Natural Gardens of North Carolina, B. W. Wells discusses the Madder Family (the Rubiaceae, pg 185). Sometimes called the Coffee Family, for its most famous member, it also includes the Cinchona Tree, whose bark is … Continue reading

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Fragrant Sumac and Spring Colors

It is usually a surprise to find Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica) blooming in the early spring in the Piedmont of North Carolina. It is a relatively rare plant in the Falls Lake area and generally occurs in small, fragmented populations. … Continue reading

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