NC Wildflowers

Spring has sprung here in the mountains and I'm scrambling to get out and photograph as many flowers as possible before they are gone. ┬áSo many of the spring flowers bloom only for a few short days! So, here are a few of the flowers I saw today. Bluets Common Blue Violet Star Chickweed Barren … Continue reading NC Wildflowers

Flame Aza;ea

Flame Azalea

The Flame Azalea is the most dramatic of all azalea and is found in the wild in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the bushes are over 7 feet high and can spread as much as 8 feet. Like most of the flowering plants in the Blue Ridge, it's blooms are relatively short-lived.

Periwinkle

Periwinkle: This picture was taken on April 8, 2013 at the beginning of the Four Seasons Trail at Chimney Rock State Park. This was the first time I have spotted it blooming in Western North Carolina. It is such a simple little flower. So very pretty.

Bluets

Bluets are my favorite wild flower. These tiny little stars bloom out of cracks and crevices on woodland trails in Western North Carolina. You can find them on almost every trail in the western part of the state during their blooming season.  They are happy little flowers that are tenaciously prolific.  They bloom and reseed … Continue reading Bluets

Wood Anemone

Wood Anemone

The Wood Anemone is a member of the Buttercup Family. The flower is approximately 1" in diameter,white and sometimes pink on the reverse side. Anemone quinquefolia is an early-spring flowering plant in the genus Anemone, native to North America. It is commonly called Wood Anemone, like Anemone nemorosa, a closely related European species. The American … Continue reading Wood Anemone

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

I was surprised to find that Wild Geraniums grow wild in Western NC! The leaf is classic geranium shape. The bloom is a bit more delicate with less petals and a single bloom on each stalk.

Star Chickweed

Star Chickweed

The pictures of this flower are a little ambiguous.  I think it is a star chickweed. White 5 petal starlike flowers about the size of a dime in clusters at the top of an erect stem and rising from the leaf axils. The petals are incised half their length or more so that the flower … Continue reading Star Chickweed