Tag: Wildflowers 101

  1. Plan Ahead for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

    Plan Ahead for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Soon the long, sultry days of summer will be behind us, and autumn will be on the horizon. But some nature lovers in the Smokies may already be enthusiastically awaiting spring and a decades-old event that celebrates the remarkable diversity of wildflowers found in our region. For more than seven decades, the Spring Wildflower Read more...
  2. Wildflowers 101: Woodland Pinkroot and Mountain Camelia

    Wildflowers 101: Woodland Pinkroot and Mountain Camelia Please remember that picking plants is prohibited in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Additionally, even some plants with traditional folk uses can have toxic properties if improperly prepared or used. Story and images by Tom Harrington In this edition of Wildflowers 101, let’s look at two beautiful wildflowers that are not Read more...
  3. Wildflowers 101: Three Blue Flowers

    Wildflowers 101: Three Blue Flowers Story and images by Tom Harrington If you have an interest in wildflowers, perhaps you have noticed how many flowers are blue in color. The flowers we’ll examine today have small blue blooms. Blue-eyed grass To start, did you know that blue-eyed grass is not a grass? It is related to the iris species. The plant is Read more...
  4. Wildflowers 101: Creeping Phlox and Wild Geranium

    Wildflowers 101: Creeping Phlox and Wild Geranium Please remember that picking plants is prohibited in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Additionally, even some plants with traditional folk uses can have toxic properties if improperly prepared or used. Story and images by Tom Harrington Creeping phlox Today I’ll discuss things “creeping” and “ Read more...
  5. Wildflowers 101: Vasey’s Trillium and Purple Wake Robin

    Wildflowers 101: Vasey’s Trillium and Purple Wake Robin Story and images by Tom Harrington Vasey's trillium Some of the favorite wildflowers found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are the trilliums, of which there are nine species that grow in the park. In this issue, let’s examine two trilliums whose blooms are often described as being maroon, red, or purple in Read more...
  6. 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...
  7. Trailside Talk: A Wildflower for Dot

    Trailside Talk: A Wildflower for Dot A wintery wind is still hurrying through the mountains, but the wildflowers of the Smokies’ spring are bursting forth. It is this time of the year in these mountains that reminds me of my late and beloved friend Dot Jackson, whose connections to and love for the Smokies were long and strong. Dot Jackson, photo courtesy of Read more...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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