is the Latin name for a rare, beautiful wildflower that blooms in just a few Southeastern rivers, where the seeds find tenuous purchase in the cracks between rocks in the swift currents. In South Carolina and Georgia, it’s called the Shoals Lily. In Alabama, it’s called the Cahaba Lily. According to www.cahabalily.com
, the lilies bloom for just a short time, between early May and late June, making it a special treat to see them. You have your chance this Sat., May 30, at the annual Cahaba Lily Festival in West Blocton
. According to Wikipedia
, the world’s largest remaining stand of these lilies is located near West Blocton in the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
. The festival begins at 8 a.m. and features presentations by such groups as the Alabama Wildflower Society
and a lecture by Dr. Larry Davenport
, a biologist from Samford University. In the afternoon, attendees can take field trips to view the lilies. The event is free, but the Cahaba River Society
offers $10 canoe rentals from 1-3 p.m. for those who want a closer view. The event also features music and story telling. Call (205) 938-7622 or go to www.cahabalily.com.