Wildflowers Bloom After Prescribed Fire Near Dobson Knob

Less than 2 months after the prescribed fire in the Dobson Knob unit near Linville Gorge, the under-story is greening up and the wildflowers are in bloom.¬†For the Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium acaule), as well as many other wildflowers, low-intensity fires have been found to release nutrients and killed competing shrubs, leading to strong growth and flowering in subsequent years (Primack and Stacy 1998).

Ladys Slipper

Pink Lady’s Slipper blooming after a prescribed fire near Dobson Knob