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A Guide to Native Wildfowers of the Southern Appalachians

This site contains a text and pictorial guide to many wildflowers of the southern Appalachians. We have broken down the list by blooming season, since that is a common way for folks to search for any particular wildflower. There are two ways to browse the guide.
1) Below, click on the season link to go to a page covering the general season, which includes thumbnail pictures and links to the full detail pages.
2) Look through the summary list here, and go directly to the page for the specific wildflower you're looking for. Each detail page contains larger photos and detailed information on the growing habits and identification of the wildflower.

Early Spring

Wood Anemone
Trailing Arbutus
Dutchman's Breeches
Hepatica
Rue Anemone
Bloodroot
Cut-Leaved Toothwort
Trout Lily
Carolina Spring Beauty
Narrow-Leaved Spring Beauty
Wild Geranium
Ramps, Wild Leeks

Mid Spring

Showy Orchis
Larkspur
Firepink
Sedum
Nodding Trillium
Yellow Trillium
Catesby's Trillium
Large-Flowered Trillium
Various Erect Trilliums
Nodding Mandarin
Cut-Leaved Toothwort
Toothwort diphylla
Large-Flowered Bellwort
Lousewort
Dwarf Crested Iris
Small Whorled Pogonia
Columbine
Bleeding Heart

Late Spring

Vasey's Trillium
Painted Trillium
Bluebead Lily
Rose Twisted Stalk
Pinkshell Azalea
Mountain Laurel
Flame Azalea
Cinnamon Fern
Catawba Rhododendron
Gray's Lily
Purple-Fringed Orchid

Mid Summer

Turk's Cap Lily
Phlox
Bee Balm
Butterfly Weed
Indian Paintbrush
Yellow Fringed Orchid
Wild Nodding Onion

Tall Bellflower

Late Summer

Elderberry
Bearsfoot
Black-Eyed Susan
Cardinal Flower
Stiff Gentian
Yarrow
Ladies' Tresses
Turtlehead

Fall

Late Purple Aster
Heart-Leaved Aster
Small White Aster
Chickory
Mountain Ash
Sweet Goldenrod
Bittersweet
Winterberry

Winter

Puttyroot
Cranefly Orchid
Virgin's Bower

 

 

A note on the nomenclature (naming conventions) on this site: Scientific names and classifications are constantly being argued and changed, and it drives me nuts. Although I use many different sources for knowledge, for naming consistency  I  use the  "Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas" by Radford, Ahles and Bell, 1968 edition. This book is a well-established authority for the plants of our region and I've been using it for years. If for some reason I must use a different source for a particular plant, I will make note of it within the descriptive text. Don't like it? Tough!
 
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Fiona Dudley
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Weaverville NC 28787

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