Native Plants blooming May 20 2012

In the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, in northwest Arkansas, Devil's Den State Park offers great hiking trails and native plant viewing. Here's a bit of what we enjoyed -

Blue Wild Petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis) named for Jean Ruelle, the French herbalist

Devil's Den Trail

Native Hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens L.

Leather Flower, native Clematis viorna available from Brushwood

Sensitive briar, catclaw, Mimosa quadrivalvis Guide to OK Wildflowers

Black swallowtail butterfly on Arkansas beardtongue, Penstemon arkansanus

Caves at Devil's Den State Park

In a good year, this is a dramatic waterfall.


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