Once referred to as “a freak of nature”, Flower Hill is a piece of the mountains way away from the mountains. Located on the Nash-Johnston County line this 100-ft “mountain” is not your typical piedmont ecosystem. What makes it unique is the species of plants growing here which are more common in the mountain counties. Flower Hill is believed to be North Carolina's easternmost naturally occurring stand of Catawba Rhododendron. The large stands of Rhododendron bloom in late April to early May along the north-face slope overlooking Moccasin Creek. Galax, trout lilies, wild ginger, mayapple and trilliums are among the wildflowers that occur here. Mosses often found in the cooler, higher elevations of the Blue Ridge grow along the shady slopes of Moccasin Creek.
The 10-acre preserve was purchased in 1989 and is owned by the Triangle Land Conservancy.
November 9, 2008:
The autumn foliage was really looking nice around here so I decided to head over to Flower Hill. Although the forest is dominated by oaks, beech, and hickories who's foliage is more drab yellow and brown, I did find some reds of dogwoods, vaccinium and other interesting botanical delights.
A group of us from the ENC Carolina Adventures club gathered at one of the most biological diverse nature preserves in the country - Green Swamp. Located in the southeast corner of North Carolina, the Green Swamp is home to wild orchids, Venus flytraps, and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Our goal was to explore nature’s beauty during the autumn season. Here is part of what we discovered…