Shenandoah National Park: South Dickey Ridge Trail & Snead Farm Loop Part 2

Continued from Part 1  

Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel, Poor Man’s Weatherglass, or Anagallis arvensis, is a member of the Primrose family (Primulaceae) and blooms June to August. Naturalized from Europe, it grows around much of North America. This little beauty favors sandy soil and roadsides.

We found quite a few of these along the fire road leading up to Dickey Hill.

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea, also known as Perennial Pea, Everlasting Pea, or Lathyrus latifolius, is a member of the Pea family (Fabaceae) and blooms from June to September. Native to southern Europe, they now grow throughout the United States. These pretty flowers favor dry soil and full sun.

We also found this one on the fire road leading up to Dickey Hill.

At the top of Dickey Hill is a wide meadow with all sorts of wildflowers.

Rough-fruited Cinquefoil

Rough-fruited Cinquefoil

Rough-fruited Cinquefoil, Sulfur Cinquefoil, or Potentilla recta, is a member of the Rose family (Rosaceae) and blooms May to August.

This plant favors roadsides, dry fields, and waste places.

We saw these both on the Dickey Hill fire road and up in the meadow.

Sulfur CinquefoilNative to the eastern Meditteranean, it was introduced to Canada in the 19th century and now grows throughout most of North America.

Although it is considered to be a weed, I can’t help enjoying these lovely pale yellow wildflowers.

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Other wildflowers in the meadow included Common Mullein, Hop Clover, and Rabbit-foot Clover.

Dickey Hill

Down the hill from the meadow is this gorgeous view of Shenandoah Valley. We were lucky – the visibility that day was amazing. It’s a great place to stop to rest and eat some lunch.

The mountains you can see in the distance are part of George Washington National Forest.

By this time it was getting late and we needed to start heading back. The hike back was a bit tough due to a mix of the summer heat and the long uphill, but quite enjoyable all the same.

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