Plants of the White Mountains

Weirdly, I’m feeling homesick for the White Mountains.  It’s not an autumn thing- we always used to go in late spring, around Dad’s (and, incidentally, Patrick Henry’s) birthday.  We haven’t been in years.

In fact, I think the last time we went was in the winter.  We’ve been a few times in the winter too.  It’s better for skiing and snowshoeing- I used to be a pretty good skier.  And the first year we went I think it was around Autumn times.  In any event, it was cold enough that I was able to feel my metabolic processes shut down when I jumped into Lonesome Lake like an idiot.  I also lived on Hershey bars that trip.

But spring is obviously the best for botanizing.  So it’s kind of weird, but I’m feeling homesick for these plants that I used to see when we hiked in the presidential range.

  1. Trillium
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    I’m missing trillium maybe the most and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them anywhere else.  They come in different combinations of whites, pinks, mauves, and maroons.  Others are one color.
  2. Trout Lily
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    So called because of the funny mottling effect on their leaves.  The spotting always reminds me of liver spots- those are a thing, right?  Also salmon. Sometimes I misspeak and call them salmon lily.
  3. Hobblebush
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    Hobblebush is an excellent pant and one of the first more obscure ones that I learned to identify (other than jewel weed, I think I was born with that stuff).  The branches on this shrub-like plant are really spreading and kind of scraggly.  Like maybe you’ll trip on it and hobble?  I hate mnemonic devices, but this one is stuck in my brain.
  4. Gold Thread
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    So called because the roots are thin and yellow-gold in color. These are cute little guys with a hidden secret underground. Kind of like dwarves or leprechauns. But more friendly and less greedy.
  5. Lady Slipper
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    Rarer to spot, but much more beautiful in native surroundings than in the garden- especially because garden variety lady slippers are a bit different.  And they’re such odd plants that you get a whole bunch together and it looks- well, odd, I think.  But getting to see one just hanging out in the woods is lovely. Like finding a fairy.
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