September 16, 2012 – an old plant identification sign
Galax (Galax urceolata synonym Galax aphylla), also known as Coltsfoot, Wand flower, and Beetleweed. The photo above was taken in September 2012, off the beaten path along Long Swamp Creek, near the Tamarack Drive end of the Beaver Run Trail. Years before that, many of the native plants in Bent Tree were marked with labels, and this little sign remained. I only found it because I spotted some trash in the underbrush and went to pick it up; the trash was next to the sign. I went back to the spot in the spring of 2013 and sure enough, galax was blooming around the sign. The sign, and that particular bed of galax, was swept away by the flood later in 2013. But, there are still many locations in the community where you can find galax in bloom right now. The photo below was taken on Monday.
May 8, 2017 – Galax blooming in Bent Tree