South Hill Marsh Revisited


Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:30am




South Hill Preserve


Arieh Tal


The South Hill Marsh (Town of Ithaca) has long been considered a botanical “hotspot”. Fortunately, large portions of its extensive acreage have been preserved as natural areas by Ithaca College and Cornell University. Timed to coincide with the spectacular flowering of Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove beardtongue, and many other species – see list), this 2-hour ramble will survey portions of the open marsh and surrounding woods. Hiking conditions will be relatively easy, though this year probably is wetter than last year, so wear water resistant footwear. Meet at the Cooperative Extension Parking Lot (Willow Ave.) at 9:30 to carpool to the site. Note: This visit will take place one month later in the season than the 2016 walk, so we will see many more species in flower (and some in fruit, like the Vacciniums).  Likely in flower:  Apocynum cannabinum, Carex (numerous sp.), Cornus racemosa, Galium (numerous sp.), Gaylussacia baccata, Holcus lanatus, Lysimachia nummularia, Lysimachia quadrifolia, Oenothera perennis, Penstemon digitalis, Rosa carolina, Rubus hispidus, Sisyrinchium angustifolium, Viburnum dentatum.