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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Sneezeweed

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Sneezeweed

Sneezeweed © William Britten use with permission only
Sneezeweed © William Britten use with permission only

Sneezeweed, or Bitterweed (Helenium amarum) is a common and pretty roadside summer wildflower. If cows eat this plant, their milk will taste bitter, giving the plant one of it’s common names. From the name Sneezeweed, you might assume a summer allergy problem. The name actually comes from Native Americans practice of using the dried flower heads as snuff.

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Sneezeweed © William Britten use with permission only

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pink Turtlehead

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pink Turtlehead

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Pink turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) © William Britten use with permission only

Pink turtlehead (Chelone lyonii) favors wet areas like seeps and stream banks. The image above was taken along the Clingman’s Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains where water was draining from the steep bank above it.

The botanical name Chelone derives from the Greek word for turtle. If you examine the bloom closely, it resembles a turtle shell with a head peeking out. Insects are lured down into the opening for pollination.

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: False Dragonhead

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: False Dragonhead

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False Dragonhead © William Britten use with permission only

False Dragonhead (Physostegia viginiana) is also called the Obedient Plant. Notice the way the flower buds line up perfectly in a column. If you twist the bloom, it will stay put, being obedient. For this reason, and because they are long-lasting, the plant is often cultivated for cut flower arrangements.

False Dragonhead blooms from July-October, favors moist habitats, and can grow over six feet tall. It is a member of the Mint family.

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Flowering Spurge

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Flowering Spurge

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Flowering Spurge © William Britten use with permission only

Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata) is a large, bushy plant with many small flowers. It favors fields, roadsides, and open woods.  The picture above was taken along the Cades Cove Loop Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The image picture was in the Greenbrier section along Porters Creek Trail. Look for Flowering Spurge in mid to late summer.

This plant has a few nicknames, such as Go Quick, Purging Root, and Emetic Root. From these names you may be able to deduce the plant’s purported medicinal value. A doctor in reported in 1817 that it was among the “most efficient of the evacuating class” of plants.

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Flowering Spurge © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pale Jewelweed

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pale Jewelweed

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Pale Jewelweed © William Britten use with permission only
Jewelweed leaf
Jewelweed leaf

We’ll spend this week catching up on our review of the summer wildflowers found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida) is also known as Pale Touch-Me-Not.  This is a large plant, up to six feet, favoring moist, shady wooded areas. The name Jewelweed refers to its habit of accumulating water droplets on the leaves which reflect the light. The photo at right shows this transpiration occurring on a jewelweed leaf on a hot sunny day.

The juices of Jewelweed are reputed to be a soothing remedy for skin irritations. Look for it along the Newfound Gap Road or the Porters Creek Trail in the Greenbrier section during the summer.

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Pale Jewelweed © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Smooth Creeping Bush Clover

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Smooth Creeping Bush Clover

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Smooth Creeping Bush Clover © William Britten use with permission only

Smooth Creeping Bush Clover (Lespedeza repens) is a trailing, ground-hugging, member of the pea family that adds a beautiful accent to the dry woods of summer.

The pictures here were taken along Porters Creek Trail in the Greenbrier section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Smooth Creeping Bush Clover © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountain Butterflies

Smoky Mountain Butterflies

Butterfly and Mountain Mint © William Britten use with permission only
Butterfly and Mountain Mint © William Britten use with permission only

If you drive into some of the less traveled areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, such as Greenbrier or Tremont, eventually the road turns to gravel, and in summer you will start to see large quantities of butterflies. So many that sometimes it’s hard to keep from running them over.

The swallowtail above is feasting on a Mountain Mint. And the butterfly below kept landing on my camera lens. I finally told him that he wouldn’t get his picture taken if he didn’t get in front of the camera, so he obligingly landed on a leaf and posed quietly.

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Smoky Mountain Butterfly © William Britten use with permission only

The photo below is another species feeding on Mountain Mint.

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Butterfly and Mountain Mint © William Britten use with permission only
Butterfly and Mountain Mint © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Great Blue Lobelia

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Great Blue Lobelia

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Great Blue Lobelia © William Britten use with permission only
Great Blue Lobelia © William Britten use with permission only
Great Blue Lobelia © William Britten use with permission only

Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is a tall, single-stalk summer wildflower, blooming during late-summer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It favors moist streambanks and roadsides. The pictures here were taken along the Greenbrier Road.

The Latin name siphilitica refers to the use of this plant as a treatment for syphilis.

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Great Blue Lobelia © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Southern Harebell

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Southern Harebell

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Southern Harebell © William Britten use with permission only
Southern Harebell © William Britten use with permission only
Southern Harebell © William Britten use with permission only

Southern Harebell (Campanula divaricata) inhabits dry, rocky slopes, trailside or roadside. The blooming period in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is from July to October.

Unless you are carefully examining your surroundings, you may miss this delicate beauty. The plant is a foot or two tall, with tiny light blue blooms raining down from thin, bending stems. Southern Harebell can be found along the Porters Creek Trail in the Greenbrier section of the Smokies.

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Southern Harebell © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Mountain Mint

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Mountain Mint

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Mountain Mint © William Britten use with permission only

Loomis Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum loomisii) is distinctive due to the appearance of being dusted with white powder around the bloom and upper leaves. The name Pycnanthemum means “compact flower,” referring to the dense flowering heads common to the mints.

This is a common roadside plant during the summer months.

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bee Balm

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) © William Britten use with permission only
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) © William Britten use with permission only

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is a member of the mint family, and as the name implies, holds lots of attraction for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. There is also a purple bee-balm found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The examples above and below were found along the Clingman’s Dome Road, where this wildflower is plentiful.

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Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) © William Britten use with permission only
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) © William Britten use with permission only
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) © William Britten use with permission only
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Turks Cap Lily

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Turks Cap Lily

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Turk's Cap Lily © William Britten use with permission only

Turk’s Cap Lily (Lilium superbum) is  a large wildflower that grows to 3 to 8 feet tall. It blooms July to September, and loves the roadside at higher elevations. Look for it along the Clingman’s Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Coneflower

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Coneflower

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Smoky Mountain Coneflower © William Britten use with permission only

Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. humilis) blooms from July to October. Look for it along the Clingman’s Dome Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a large plant growing up to 5 feet tall.

The yellow coneflower is more often seen at higher elevations, while the orange variation is more at home at lower elevations.

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Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. humilis) © William Britten use with permission only
Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. humilis) © William Britten use with permission only
Coneflower © William Britten use with permission only
Coneflower © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Halberd-leaved Violet

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Halberd-leaved Violet

Halberd-leaved Violet
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Halberd-leaved Violet © William Britten use with permission only
Halberd-leaved Violet © William Britten use with permission only

Halberd-leaved Violet (Viola hastata) is a very early bloomer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, showing its yellow blossoms as early as late March.

The name halberd actually refers to a medieval battle axe, which apparently is shaped like this delicate little flower’s leaves.

Look for this yellow violet along the Greenbrier Road or Porters Creek Trail.

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Goats Beard

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Goats Beard

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Goat's Beard © William Britten use with permission only

Goat’s Beard (Aruncus Dioicus) is a member of the rose family, and blooms during May to July in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

You can find these plants blooming along the Rich Mountain Road, climbing out of Cades Cove, and also along Newfound Gap Rd.

Goat's Beard (Aruncus Dioicus)
Goat's Beard (Aruncus Dioicus) © William Britten use with permission only

 

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Flame Azalea

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Flame Azalea

Smoky Mountain Flame Azalea  © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountain Flame Azalea © William Britten use with permission only

It’s that time of year when the late-spring woods are lit up with various shades of orange, yellow and red of the Flame Azalea. The large wild azalea above was found along the Rich Mountain Road above Cades Cove, and the ones below were seen along the road between Big Creek and Cataloochee.

Smoky Mountain Wild Azalea  © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountain Wild Azalea © William Britten use with permission only

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Smoky Mountain Flame Azalea
Smoky Mountain Flame Azalea © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bowmans Root

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bowmans Root

Bowman's Root (Porteranthus trifoliatus) © William Britten use with permission only
Bowman's Root (Porteranthus trifoliatus) © William Britten use with permission only

Bowman’s Root (Porteranthus trifoliatus) is a spring bloomer, preferring dry woods and roadsides. The most curious feature of Bowman’s Root are the five uneven and twisted petals of the flower. Supposedly, the crushed root of this plant induced vomiting.

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Bowman's Root (Porteranthus trifoliatus)
Bowman's Root (Porteranthus trifoliatus) © William Britten use with permission only

 

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pussytoes

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pussytoes

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Pussytoes © William Britten use with permission only

The name Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) certainly conjures a soft, cute impression, and in real life, this wildflower is just that.

Blooming in April and May, Pussytoes usually forms a clump of many plants. As the flower goes from bud to bloom, it’s almost hard to tell the difference, as it stays compact and tight the whole time.

Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) © William Britten use with permission only
Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) © William Britten use with permission only

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Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bluets

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bluets

Bluets (Houstonia serpyllifolia)
Bluets (Houstonia serpyllifolia) © William Britten use with permission only

Bluets (Houstonia serpyllifolia) are identified by the four blue petals surrounding a yellow spot. Common names for this wildflower include Thyme-leaved Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Mountain Bluet, and Creeping Bluet. The plant is tiny, only 3 to 5 inches tall, but growing in a large group they can make a beautiful statement.

The photo above was found along the Thomas Divide Trail in late-April.  The photos below were found near Clingmans Dome in Mid-May.

Smoky Mtns wildflowers
Smoky Mtns wildflowers © William Britten use with permission only

Bluets enjoy moist conditions, along streams especially. Look for them along Clingman’s Dome Road later than in the lower elevations.

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Bluets along the trail
Bluets along the trail © William Britten use with permission only
Bluets (Houstonia serpyllifolia)
Bluets (Houstonia serpyllifolia) © William Britten use with permission only

 

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pennywort

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Pennywort

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Pennywort © William Britten use with permission only

Pennywort (Obolaria virginica) is a diminutive wildflower that can easily be overlooked among the fallen leaves in the Smoky Mountains forests. There is a nice colony of them at the start of the Schoolhouse Gap Trail, just to the left, blooming in mid April.

Look for groups of these tiny plants with their green, waxy leaves and pale flowers. Pennywort is among those strange plants that get most of the nutrients without photosynthesis. In this case it is a fungus in the roots of the plant that digests decaying matter.

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Pennywort (Obolaria virginica)
Pennywort (Obolaria virginica) © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Beaked Violet

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Beaked Violet

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Beaked Violet © William Britten use with permission only

Beaked Violet (Viola rostrata) is an April blooming wildflower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. See the beak? It’s an exaggerated protrusion from the flower’s lower petal. There are many varieties of violets in the Smokies, but this one is unique because of the beak. It is also called Longspurred Violet.

Like all violets, this one likes moist woods, roadsides and trailsides. It is not common in the Smokies, but should be easy to find on the Porters Creek Trail or the Chestnut Top Trail in late March and early April. The photo below was taken along the Porters Creek Trail in the Greenbrier area of the Smoky Mountains.

Longspurred Violet (Viola rostrata)
Longspurred Violet (Viola rostrata) © William Britten use with permission only

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Mountain Laurel Time in the Smokies

Mountain Laurel Time in the Smokies

Mountain Laurel in the Smoky Mountains  © William Britten use with permission only
Mountain Laurel in the Smoky Mountains © William Britten use with permission only
Mountain Laurel bloom in the Smoky Mountains  © William Britten use with permission only
Mountain Laurel bloom in the Smoky Mountains © William Britten use with permission only

It’s that beautiful time of year again when the Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) bloom along the trails and in the woods of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Mountain Laurel are similar to, and often mistaken for, Rhododendron. In the Smokies the Laurel bloom primarily during May, while the Rhododendron come along in June and July.

One of the Featured Photographs at the William Britten Gallery is Path to Serenity, which shows a hillside of Mountain Laurel blooming along the trail to Spruce Flat Falls.

Mountain Laurel bloom in the Smoky Mountains  © William Britten use with permission only
Mountain Laurel bloom in the Smoky Mountains © William Britten use with permission only

One of the best displays of Mountain Laurel can be found along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. At the top of the hill there is a parking area to the left. In early to mid-May you can see the thickets of laurel from your car, but to get the full effect, get out and walk in among all the blooms.

I was in that spot photographing, deep in my private reverie with my eyes in the camera viewfinder. Suddenly I heard some snorting and clomping, and looked up to see that a doe had joined me in the laurel thicket. She was unafraid, and stayed close by for 30 minutes or so, even when I moved my tripod from spot to spot.

Deer in  the Mountain Laurel © William Britten use with permission only
Deer in the Mountain Laurel © William Britten use with permission only

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Mountain Laurel in the Smoky Mountains © William Britten use with permission only
Mountain Laurel in the Smoky Mountains © William Britten use with permission only
Mountain Laurel in the Smoky Mountains © William Britten use with permission only

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Spring Beauty

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Spring Beauty

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Spring Beauty © William Britten use with permission only

Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) is a quiet and reserved April wildflower of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Like so many of the early April bloomers, this one can be found along the Chestnut Top Trail.

Look very low to the ground for this two-inch plant. You may find it growing in large groups on the forest floor.

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Spring Beauty © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Foamflower

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Foamflower

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) © William Britten use with permission only

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) is a knee-high woodland wildflower and a member of the same Saxifrage family as Bishops Cap. Both have delicate white blossoms on a tall leafless stalk. The leaves below the blossom stalk are reminiscent of maple leaves, and the entire plant is about a foot tall. In the Smoky Mountains look for Foamflower blooming in April along the Chestnut Top Trail or the Cove Hardwoods Trail. There are also some exceptional stands along the Bud Ogle Nature Trail, where I took the photo at the bottom of the page.

Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) © William Britten use with permission only

The genus Tiarella translates into “small crown,” as in a tiara. The leaves of foamflower are high in tannin, accounting for its other common name, Coalwort. The plant was used to treat burns and mouthsores.

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Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Squirrel Corn

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Squirrel Corn

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Squirrel Corn © William Britten use with permission only
Squirrel Corn © William Britten use with permission only
Squirrel Corn © William Britten use with permission only

Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis) is a member of the same plant family as Dutchmens Breeches and Bleeding Heart.It’s an early bloomer that appears in early April.

This spring (2010) a profusion of hundreds of Squirrel Corn plants could be found along the Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail in the Chimneys Picnic Area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The best way to find either Squirrel Corn or Dutchmens Breeches is to look for the distinctive leaves close to the ground.  Look in moist woodlands tucked in close to tree trunks or creek beds.

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Squirrel Corn © William Britten use with permission only
Squirrel Corn © William Britten use with permission only

 

 

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Wild Stonecrop

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Wild Stonecrop

Wild Stonecrop  © William Britten use with permission only
Wild Stonecrop © William Britten use with permission only

Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) is a member of the Sedum family. Mountain legend correlates thriving Stonecrop to the prosperity and health of a homestead.

Identification is easy with the thick rubbery leaves and the black-tipped anthers.

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park look for Wild Stonecrop clinging to rocky outcrops along the Chestnut Top Trail.

Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)
Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) © William Britten use with permission only

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Wild Stonecrop © William Britten use with permission only

 

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Crested Dwarf Iris

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Crested Dwarf Iris

Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata)
Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata) © William Britten use with permission only

Continuing our theme of spring wildflowers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, first up this week is the Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata). This flower is an April bloomer, especially along the Chestnut Top Trail near Townsend. On the Bud Ogle Nature Trail there are some large colonies.

The flower gets its name from the distinctive yellow crest that is meant to guide insects towards their pollination target. Compared to the common iris that you may have in your front garden, Crested Dwarf Iris is a truly tiny plant that may only be 4 inches tall.

 

Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata)
Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata) © William Britten use with permission only

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Crested Dwarf Iris © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Star Chickweed

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Star Chickweed

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Star Chickweed © William Britten use with permission only

Star Chickweed (Stellaria pubera) is a delicate beauty that blooms in April in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As seen in the image below, the anthers are dark globes that float above the petals, giving the flower a delicate, jewel-like appearance.

Star Chickweed is easily spotted along both the Chestnut Top Trail and the Cove Hardwoods Trail.

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Star Chickweed © William Britten use with permission only
Star Chickweed © William Britten use with permission only

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bishops Cap

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Bishops Cap

Bishop's Cap Wildflower  © William Britten use with permission only
Bishop's Cap Wildflower © William Britten use with permission only
Bishop's Cap Wildflower  © William Britten use with permission only
Bishop's Cap Wildflower © William Britten use with permission only

I love the way Bishop’s Cap (Mitella diphylla) adds a splash of accent to a wildflower scene, as in the picture below. It’s not usually the main attraction, but more like the seasonings part of a recipe.

Bishop’s Cap blooms in April and can be found in profusion along the Cove Hardwoods Trail. The name Bishop’s Cap apparently derives from the shape of the seed.

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Bishop's Cap and Trillium  © William Britten use with permission only
Bishop's Cap and Trillium © William Britten use with permission only
Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Fire Pink

Smoky Mountains Wildflowers: Fire Pink

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Fire Pink © William Britten use with permission only

Fire Pink   © William Britten use with permission only
Fire Pink © William Britten use with permission only

Fire Pink (Silene viginica) is definitely not pink, but very bright red. The word pink refers to its membership in the pink family, with notches in each of the five flower petals.

This distinctive wildflower blooms in April and can usually be found along the Chestnut Top Trail near Townsend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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