Friday, April 24, 2009

Dog Hobble -Wildflower in GSMNP

Dog Hobble is only found in the Southern Appalachians
according to the Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers book.

These photographs of Dog Hobble were all taken in the

Great Smoky Mountains National Park April 18, 2009.

I think the flowers are so pretty, but the shrub isn't much to look at.
The book says "In pre-Park days, when bear hunting was practiced, the heavy bears could escape pursuing dogs by forcing their way through dense thickets of these shrubs, whereas the dogs became 'hobbled' by the tangled growth."
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15 comments:

Jen said...

I was wondering how it got that name as I was looking at the pictures, and didn't even see bark. :)
your pictures are great as usual.

Darla said...

Amazing how they come up with these names.

Dorothy said...

Morning, Leedra! This plant has pretty blooms! I've never heard of Dog Hobble.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh--I was going to ask how it got its name---but you told us... How interesting. I don't think I've ever noticed that wildflower before --although I'm sure I've passed right by it. Thanks for sharing..
Hugs,
Betsy

Mildred said...

What an interesting and fun post! Thanks for sharing the pretty photos!

Susie said...

Hey Leedra, I've never heard of this plant but those blooms are definitely unique. Interesting the way it was named.

Mary said...

My first thought was what a strange name...glad you explained it! It's a beautiful plant. I've never even seen photos of it before.

Denise said...

How lovely, that last shot reminds me of a beautiful necklace.

Connie said...

What a nice bit of information - they are amazing little flowers!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Those aree uniqque and pretty flowers.Thanks for introducing me to them.
Blessings,Ruth

Pam said...

These flowers are pretty. Great shots.

Rose said...

I'm going to have to look for this...don't know if it grows up here or not. It is beautiful, isn't it?

fishing guy said...

Leedra: What a neat flower shape.

Shellmo said...

Beautiful! These look like they could be put in a text book about this plant! :)

Leedra said...

Shelley - Sometimes I look at the photo they have in the books and look as mine and think the same thing. Thinking it is the easy part. But thanks for the encouragement.

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