I visited Shenantaha Creek Park today in my continuing inventory of wildflowers along its woodland trails. The woodland trails generally follow parallel to Shenantaha, often along the high ridges overlooking this scenic stream.
As you walk toward the southern boundary of this park, the trail eventually makes its way down to a floodplain forest. It is in this low area where much of the park’s plant diversity can be found, at least regarding its forbs. Frequent visits to this portion of the park will reveal a seasonal display of a variety of interesting native, introduced and even a few invasive wildflowers.
It is here, along the banks of the Shenantaha, where I spied this beautiful bloom –
Cardinal Flower is the 2014 New York Flora Association Wildflower of the Year. For more info about this native wildflower, read my post from earlier this year; it contains much information. Like my observation, please be sure to report yours.
My inventory at this park will draw to a close at the end of this growing season. I’ll be posting a wildflower guide for this property early next spring – please watch for that announcement in March 2015.