These American Columbo plants (Frasera caroliniensis) were growing on an easement in Elbert County. Common in the mountains, this was only the second documented Piedmont population east of Atlanta and south of Delonega in Georgia. American Columbo is a monocarpic perennial - meaning it only blooms once and then dies. Plants live 7 to 14 years on average before blooming.
Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist with the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, GA DNR botanist Stephanie Koontz, and ORLT volunteer Issac Ostrom joined Stewardship Director Daniel Crescenzo to document the population.