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Posted on: September 15, 2017


17 wildflowers

Often times they ask me if I know the name of a specific bloom as we are walking or bicycling by a pretty site. I never have a clue.

There are such lovely wildflowers along the Trail – spring, summer and fall there are whites, reds, yellows, pinks, blues – every color you can imagine!

Visiting friends and family are always taken to my favorite spot in Citrus County – downtown Inverness and the Trail. Oftentimes they ask me if I know the name of a specific bloom as we are walking or bicycling by a pretty site. I never have a clue.

17 wildflowers

Now I have two resources. One is a website developed by a couple of cycling friends of mine, both retired scientists. They are known for their beautiful snapshots of animals and flowers, as well as their travel photos. Earlier this year they posted a “Flowers along the Withlacoochee State Trail” album on Google Photos. Just click on a specific photo and the name of the flower will appear, along with a prompt to access additional information about the plant. That’s how I figured out the flowers which appear with this particular post are mulleins.

Another source is a book written last year by the another bicyclist blogging for the City of Inverness, Walter Moore. His book Withlacoochee Trail: A Portrait is available at area bicycle shops and, among other sources. As well as interesting history and general information, the book has many photos of the flora seen by Trail users.

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