Vasey’s Trillium (Trillium vaseyi) is the largest and the last blooming of the Smoky Mountains trilliums. It is found only in the Southern Appalachians and is infrequently found in the Smokies. The photos on this page were taken on the Kanati Fork Trail in late April. George Vasey was a Botanist who lived from 1822-1893, and gave his name to the species.
This wildflower can grow to two feet tall, and the bloom can have a rose scent.
You can follow the wildflower season on Facebook by joining the Smoky Mountains Wildflower Community, where we share photos, identification, and tips on locations and trails.
If you are in the Gatlinburg area, please consider a visit to the William Britten Gallery where my complete collection of Smoky Mountains photography is on display. I’m in Morning Mist Village on Glades Rd along the Arts and Crafts Trail.