Pocahontas County West, Virginia is well known to birders and botanists alike.
These unfurling leaves were something altogether new to me: False Hellebore, Veratrum virde. It has several other common names (which is why we try to post the Latin bi-nomenclature as well) like American White Hellebore, Bear-corn, or Duck-retten. What the heck is a "Duck-retten"? I know not, but I do know this plant is in the Lily family. Wouldn't it be grand to see it in bloom?
Around back of the building is a nature trail with an excellent display of native flowers. This Large-flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum in a shade of petal pink was a real show-stopper.
The Painted Trillium, Trillium undulatum blooms a bit later and is found predominately in the glade, but a few scattered samples grow along the nature trail as well. This stunner was an unexpected pleasure, which I have not seen since childhood. Hello, old friend!
As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a life sedge! This rarity, Frazier's Sedge (or Lily-leaf Sedge) is not even known from Ohio; it is strictly a southern and central Appalachian endemic. The Latin name has bounced around a bit, but an animated conversation on Facebook's Ohio Sedges group has it pegged as Carex fraseriana. Only a fellow Sedge-head might understand what it means to find this unusual plant, and to know intuitively that it was going to be something good.
This alone made the trip worth while, and we haven't even gotten to the birds!