9/13/20 Penny’s Bend/Harrelson Tract Walk

Herb and Pat Amyx showed us around the North Carolina Plant Conservation’s Harrelson Preserve to learn about and admire the plants that like basic soil in this unusual Piedmont Prairie. Amy Mackintosh led the group around Penny’s Bend, a nature preserve on the Eno River, managed by the NC Botanical Garden. Both sites feature unusual geologic formations that shape the sites and support rare plant species.


Social distancing
Social distancing in the Penny’s Bend parking lot
Penney's Bend trail
Penney’s Bend trail
solidago caesia
solidago caesia

Passion fruit
Passion fruit
Passionflower
Passionflower
Saccharum alopecuroides
Saccharum alopecuroides

Blue lobelia
Blue lobelia
Algalinis purpurea - Gerardia
Algalinis purpurea – Gerardia
on Penney Bend trail
The Penney Bend trail

field trip participants
Preparing for the walk
liatris squarrosa
liatris squarrosa
Trip leader
Trip leader Herb Amyx showing us Prairie Dock

Pale Leaf Sunflower
Pale Leaf Sunflower – pale on the underside
Sneezeweed
Sneezeweed
Helianthus - Sunflower family.
Helianthus – Sunflower family. Growing in dappled shade (woodland)