Wildflowers 101

  1. Wildflowers 101: Rosebud Orchid and the Pink Lady’s Slipper

    Wildflowers 101: Rosebud Orchid and the Pink Lady’s Slipper Story and images by Tom Harrington Rosebud orchid One characteristic many people possess is being competitive and enjoying challenges. For some, this might be during a game of golf or playing chess or checkers. Or it may be that the challenge you enjoy most is working on crossword puzzles. But did you know there is a most Read more...
  2. Wildflowers 101: Trout Lilies

    Wildflowers 101: Trout Lilies Story and images by Tom Harrington Perhaps, like me, you have been amazed at the various shapes and designs of wildflower blooms and leaves. Trout lilies and yellow trilliums have particularly notable leaves. No doubt you have seen military personnel on news reels or maybe in a convenience store buying coffee on a Saturday morning as they Read more...
  3. Wildflowers 101: Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal

    Wildflowers 101: Solomon’s Seal and False Solomon’s Seal Story and images by Tom Harrington Perhaps, over the long winter, you have been like me, eagerly awaiting wildflower season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Already a few wildflowers, like spring beauties, hepatica, long-spurred violet, star chickweed, and trailing arbutus, have been found in bloom on some of the trails Read more...
  4. Wildflowers 101: Showy Orchis and Yellow Lady’s Slipper

    Wildflowers 101: Showy Orchis and Yellow Lady’s Slipper Story and images by Tom Harrington As the 2021 Great Smoky Mountains wildflower season rapidly draws to a close, let’s go back and discuss two adorable orchids—the showy orchis and the yellow lady’s slipper. Yellow lady's slipper The showy orchis, or showy orchid as some call it, grows from six to eight Read more...
  5. Wildflowers 101: Passion Flower

    Wildflowers 101: Passion Flower Story and image by Tom Harrington Suppose you were visiting New York City, got a ticket to attend a live TV quiz show, were invited to be a participant, and the first question asked of you was to name the State of Tennessee’s official wildflower. Could you answer that question correctly? You may know that the official Read more...
  6. Wildflowers 101: White Snakeroot and Mountain Gentian

    Wildflowers 101: White Snakeroot and Mountain Gentian Images by Tom Harrington Have you ever heard of “milk sickness”?  What could something like that possibly have to do with wildflowers found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Read on to find out.  The first wildflower we shall examine is white snakeroot. White snakeroot generally grows from one to four Read more...

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