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Spring Wildflowers at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Memphis
March 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS
Leave the urban environment behind and explore the wooded ravines of this large state park for spring wildflowers. We will concentrate our time hiking along the horse trail where we should see all three varieties of Viola sororia: var. sororia (common blue violet), var. albiflorus (white wood violet), and var. priceana (Confederate violet) among other common spring ephemerals. If time allows, we may go to another paved walking/biking trail that has a large population of the uncommon ocean blue phacelia (Phacelia ranunculacea) with its minute light blue bell-shaped flowers that easily can be mistaken for baby blue-eyes. This trail also has lots of wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum), and spring beauty (Claytonia virginica).
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. The horse trail does go down and back out of ravines and the trail can be muddy after a rain.
Contact/Leader: Bart Jones
Phone/email: 901-485-2745 email@example.com
Meeting Place/Time: Parking lot at the park Visitor Center 10:00 am Central Time
Lunch: Bring to eat at picnic area in park.
Facilities: At the Visitor Center and at parking area of hiking/biking trail.