What’s blooming on Womack Creek?

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False foxglove.

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Snow squarestem.

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Swamp azalea — premature or way late in blooming. This is the first time we’ve seen this azalea off the Ochlockonee River, leading to the creek.

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Marsh tickseed — a favorite of insects.

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Swamp leatherflower, clematis crispa. You’ll see thorny-like balls of seeds on these vines also.

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Just starting to bloom, climbing aster. In a few weeks there will be masses of blooms on the creek.

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Common sneezeweed. Just a few still blooming; most are in seed.

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Green fly orchids. One of our favorite plants on the creek — these seem to bloom continuously.

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Water hemlock. A blooming aberration — most have bloomed months ago. Water hemlock is a very poisonous plant and affects the nervous system of mammals which ingest it, killing them within minutes.

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Pickerel weed. Another favorite of butterflies, bees and wasps.

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Not sure that this technically can be called a flower, but it’s the second dodder plant we’ve seen on Womack creek since last year.

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To end with a flash of red — a color (with green) of the end of the year, cardinal flower. We have stands of lushly blooming cardinal flowers almost everywhere we have paddled in north Florida.

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