Author Archives: Eric Hunt

About Eric Hunt

Botanical Photographer living in Little Rock, Arkansas

Know Your Natives – Hairy Blazing Star

Hairy blazing star (Liatris hirsuta*) of the Aster (Asteraceae) family has vibrant violet to lavender flowers, typical of many species in the genus. In the U.S., hairy blazing star is reported from Texas and northward to Nebraska and Iowa, with … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert – Downy Gentian

Most people think of brilliantly colored foliage and perhaps fresh shelled local pecans when they think of fall in Arkansas. There’s more going on! Our native wildflowers are also putting on a final show. One of the showiest in the … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert – Crane-fly orchid

It’s the height of summer in Arkansas. That means it’s time to brave the heat and go into the woods looking for Crane-fly orchid (Tipularia discolor)! Found in deciduous woods in a majority of Arkansas counties scattered evenly across the … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Sharp wing monkey-flower

This attractive species rewards those intrepid native plant enthusiasts willing to brave the heat, humidity and insects of summer. A member of the Lopseed (Phrymaceae) family,¬†sharp wing monkey-flower (Mimulus alatus) blooms from June through September, with a peak in August. … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert – Heart-leaf skullcap

One of Arkansas’ rare plants in the Mint (Lamiaceae) family, heart-leaf skullcap (Scutellaria cardiophylla), is blooming right now at Lake Catherine State Park in the Ouachitas of central Arkansas. It is found in just 5 counties in Arkansas and is … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert – Pinesap

One of North America’s most intriguing native plants is in bloom now in Central Arkansas. Pinesap (Monotropa hypopitys) is a parasitic plant found in high quality forests in scattered counties throughout Arkansas. You’re most likely to find it along the … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert – Scarlet Beardtongue

The recent ANPS field trip to Poison Springs Natural Area and nearby back roads was very productive! Trip leader Meredith York took us to see some great plants, many of which are rare in Arkansas. The most spectacular sight of … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert – Copper Iris

Today I pulled out my waterproof boots and went in search of Copper Iris (Iris fulva) in Little Rock. Mid-April is bloom season for Copper Iris, and I knew there was a population in the Fouche Creek bottomlands owned by … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Wood-betony

One of our more showy spring wildflowers is wood-betony (Pedicularis canadensis) in the Broomrape (Orobanchaceae) family. Wood-betony can be found across much of eastern North America with some isolated populations in Colorado and New Mexico. In Arkansas it is found … Continue reading

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Native Plant Report – Ouachita National Trail – Perry County

Spring is in full swing in the Ouachita Mountains! The first ANPS Native Plant hike of 2015 was on April 11. Seven enthusiastic participants enjoyed a spectacular spring day in the forest. A full hike report will appear in the … Continue reading

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