I feel the earth beneath my feet. I breathe her breath which each inhalation. I live in her bosom.
While most of these plants may indeed be native to this region, I am primarily using the term to mean that it is naturally occurring on my property. Much of the land is wooded and blends with the Cherokee National Forest, so I sometimes find some really interesting flora (and fauna) around here.
Some good sources of information:
Native plants of north Georgia: A PDF brochure from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences of the University of Georgia. Using Georgian Native Plants: A very informative blog presented by Ellen Honeycutt, an Atlanta-area gardner.
Some of the plants into which I am looking:
Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)
Lady's Slipper, yellow (Cypripedium calceolus)
Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata)
Woodland Phlox (Phlox carolina)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Marginal Wood Fern (Dryopteris marginalis)
Rockcap Fern (Polypodium virginianum)
Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata)
Orange Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)
Blackberries (Rubus argutus)
Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)
Whorled Coreopsis (Coreopsis major)
Note: I am using online resources to help me identify some of the plants. I am a bit uncertain about some of the selections. If you think that I have the wrong information, please feel free to let me know what you think it should be (click on Contact Me in the left-hand menu).