But it’s mostly the prairies’ splendid displays of sun-loving wildflowers in both spring and fall that draw Georgia Botanical Society members, including me, there year after year. When we were there in early June, the late spring blooms were breathtaking: a lush garden, it seemed. The preserve’s signature plant of late spring, the prairie purple coneflower, was putting on a magnificent show: Its abundant blooms covered a 6-acre prairie with near solid purple, a stunning sight.
We were back in the Coosa Valley Prairies last weekend, this time to see the equally dazzling wildflowers of fall. The prairies, it seemed, had undergone nearly a complete makeover since spring. Vibrant growths of tickseed sunflower, narrow leaf sunflower, goldenrods, asters, blazing stars and other fall plants now vied for space and sunlight in the open areas.