Wildflowers in bloom at Pearson’s Falls
Published 10:15 am Monday, March 27, 2023
Don’t miss this year’s wildflowers at Pearson’s Falls and Glen! Spring has come early this year and the wildflowers are blooming in profusion.
As you walk along the 1/4 mile trail along the tumbling waters of Colt Creek, you can see Giant Chickweed, Foam Flower, Sweet Betsy, Canadian Violets and Mountain Lettuce. The Great White Trillium and the smaller Catesby Trillium, Trout Lily and Dutchman’s Britches are beginning to open. You can still find a few Hepatica and Oconee Bells which are finishing their bloom.
Called ephemera, these wildflowers live on the forest floor. As the days warm in spring, they receive warm sunlight, form blossoms and attract insects that spread their pollen before the deciduous trees overhead leaf out. Sometimes they are hard to see among the leaves.
To help you locate these wildflowers, there are now spring flower signs posted along the trail.
Visit pearsonsfalls.org and download the Spring Wildflowers guide, or pick one up at the Gate House when you visit Pearson’s Falls.
Pearson’s Falls is located three miles south of Saluda off Hwy. 176. You will see signs with directions to the Pearson’s Falls entrance at 2748 Pearson’s Falls Road. Benches and picnic tables are available if you wish to bring a picnic. Take some photographs, and sit and rest for a while. No dogs are allowed.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The gate closes at 5 p.m. For more information call 828-894-0301.
The Tryon Garden Club has owned and maintained Pearson’s Falls since 1931.
Submitted by Lucy Brannon