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Paul Sherman


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Smokey  Mountain  Flora

Red Flowers

Fire Pink

Silene virginica

I see this most often along a favorite trail of mine by the river, growing where the ground is steep and rocky. Hard not to notice with it's brillliant red flowers, I usually spot these beauties in mid April, but this year (2012) everything is a bit early. Photographed on 03/22/2012.

I know it manages in poor soil, as I have seen it growing in the tiniest patches of dirt on near-cliff rock faces. Why they call it "Fire Pink" I am not sure, as it is about as red as it can get.

I guess the mis-naming might help keep things straight when it blooms alongside the Redbud Tree, which actually pink?


Hemerocallis fulva

The Daylily is a very common plant, originally from Asia. It's now cultivated in gardens and is seemingly everywhere -- in roadside beds, along paths... so for fun I took some liberty in playing with the photograph.

I also found out some interesting facts:

Individual flowers allegedly bloom for just one day.
(So this name actually makes sense?)

The blooms are edible. Yeah, that's what I read, I kid you not -- I haven't tried them. Used in Asian cooking and called "golden needles". Usually sun-dried and picked before completely opened. The yellow varieties have a milder taste. (I will try it later this summer, and let you know how it was -- if I am able.)

The flowers appear to have six petals, but there are actually 2 layers of 3, with the bottom ones actually being sepals, not petals. (OK, that one was a bit technical...but it won't kill you to know that one :)

Photographed 07/08/2010

Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

These are one of those "lazy days of summer" plants that bloom when the Spring fireworks of blossoms are long gone and the heat of the dog days has settled in...

Individuals and small clumps of the statuesque plants can be spotted along the streams I frequent, sprouting up from the marshy, rocky shores.

Photographed 08/06/2010

Southern Red Trillium

Trillium sulcatum
aka: furrowed wakerobin

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...