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Smokey  Mountain  Flora

Originally from NY, I'm very familiar with the Adirondack Mountains. But they are quite different from the Smokies. In NY the mountainsides are jagged stone and fir. Rugged and majestic.

The Smokies generally have gentler slopes and little, comparatively, in the way of bare rock and cliff. But a slow, observant hike here in Tennessee's Cherokee Forest reveals something those northern mountains cannot match by any stretch -- both the amount of and variety of plants.

Carolina Spring Beauty

Along the Appalachian Trail on May 2, 2010, somewhere between Beauty Spot and Deep Gap.

The flower has five pink-lined white petals and blooms from March into May.

Mountain Myrtle

Lathyrus odoratus

Daisy Fleabane

Lathyrus odoratus

May Apple

Podophyllum peltatum

Horse Nettle

Solanum carolinense

Crown Vetch

Along the Erwin Linear Trail

Looks a lot like a red clover from a distance...

Painted Trillium

Trillium undulatum

Morning Glory

Morning Glory


Hybridized Viola

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

Joe-Pye weed

Eupatorium purpureum

Plant Sections

Raspberry, blueberry, Indian Strawberry, Wintergreen Berry...

Whitemouth Dayflower, Virginia Spiderwort...

Smooth Phlox, Purple Phacelia, Late Purple Aster...

Amanita, Turkey Tail, Dryads Saddle...


Tree Groundpine...

Trumpet Vine, Turks Cap Lily...

Red Turtlehead, Showy Evening Primrose...

Cardinal Flower, Fire Pink, Southern Red Trillium...

Mimosa, Redbud...

Star Chickweed, Creeping Bush Clover...

Coltsfoot, Yellow Wood Sorrel, Rattlesnake weed...

Related Sites

Tennessee Wildflowers
Kris Light has a wonderful site full of pictures and information. Her site has helped me ID several flowers.
TN Wildflowers

Appalachian Treks
Mark Peacock has some great pictures and info on trails around my area of Eastern Tennessee.
App. Treks

Hiking Bill
Sort of an online tour guide to S. Appalachian hiking trails, by someone who obviously loves to hike.
Hiking Bill

TN Wildflower Gallery
These pages on by Cheryl Hiers, who obviously does a lot of hiking and photography.
Wildflower Guide

Wildflower field guide. Just tons of wildflower photos, some really exceptional.
Flicr Flowers


Plastic Waste
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists...
Very Cool YouTube Video...