OCT. 10, 2011 | Society members on one of the fall hikes of the Arkansas Native Plant Society found yellow false foxglove (Aureolaria flava) in bloom at the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area.
“This is the first time we did a fall nature walk identifying herbaceous plants at Bell Slough,” Dave Danner said. “The group identified 11 new fall-blooming wildflowers and three new woody plants. Yellow false foxglove was a personal favorite.” Larry Price, who led the walk with Martha Bowden, pointed out anglepod milkweed (Matelea gonocarpus), a food source for migrating Monarch butterflies.
Danner and Bowden have worked for several years on a list of plants at the wildlife management area. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages the Bell Slough property in Faulkner County. A map and more information about the trail are available here.
The October 1 walk along the Kenny Vernon Nature Trail was one of the events during the society’s fall meeting. A selection of morning and afternoon hikes is a typical feature of the society’s biannual meetings. The next meeting will be May 4-6, 2012, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.