Indian Gap on the Smokies crest proved to be a very busy place last Sunday afternoon. Very close to the cloaked knotty-horn, we found one of Karen Sue’s favorite odd plants. It was just beginning to bloom.
Filmy angelica is a robust wildflower that grows at the high elevations of the national park. Although angelicas are in the culinary herb parsley family, by contrast, they are dangerously poisonous. Despite the angelic name, they do not belong anywhere near your kitchen. Bees apparently become intoxicated after feeding on the toxic flowers. It is reported in “Wildflowers of the Smokies” that they have been observed behaving crazily after a visit to angelica.
We didn’t hang around long enough to notice any odd insect behavior because could there be anything more agitating or agitated than a drunk bee? Or, in this case, a drunken wasp?
Could this be the origin of the term “getting a buzz on”?