Mountain Angelica

Mountain Angelica
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Image by BlueRidgeKitties
Angelica triquinata growing along the Appalachian Trail crossing over the Balds near Carver’s Gap along the Tennessee – North Carolina border. These are curious flowers, being all green and very non-showy when it comes to large petals and gaudy colors, but they sure make up for it somehow. They were extremely popular with the bees and other pollinators in the area. The only reason I got a picture of one not crawling with insects is because of the drab and rainy weather that day. Curiously enough, the flowers are actually poisonous and its pollinators seem to become intoxicated after feeding on them, flying off erratically or even dropping to the ground for a while. But they keep coming back for more. I wonder what’s up with that! They really must be enjoying whatever trip it sends them on.

These plants seem to be abundant on the Appalachian Balds, but their range is limited to the higher elevations in the Southern Appalachians. They are considered endangered in Kentucky and Maryland.