Connestee Wildflower Walk

Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

Appalachian Bunchflower (Veratrum parviflorum)Appalachian Bunchflower (Veratrum parviflorum)

Buckberry (Gaylussacia ursina)
Buckberry (Gaylussacia ursina)

Buffalo Nut (Pyrularia pubera)
Buffalo Nut (Pyrularia pubera)

Burning Bush (Euonymus atropurpureus*) Burning Bush (Euonymus atropurpureus*)

Canada Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Clinton’s Lily, White Clintonia (Clintonia umbellulata) Clinton's Lily, White Clintonia (Clintonia umbellulata)Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia discolor) Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia discolor)

Dog Hobble (Leucothoe fontanesiana) Dog Hobble (Leucothoe fontanesiana)

Doll’s Eyes; White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubsecens)

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis) Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

Fairy Wand; Devil’s Bit (Chamaelirium luteum) Male Fairy Wand (Chamaelirium luteum)

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

Fly Poison (Amianthium muscitoxicum)

Fly Poison (Amianthium muscitoxicum)

Foamflower; False Miterwort (Tiarella cordifolia)

Foamflower; False Miterwort (Tiarella cordifolia)

Fraser Magnolia (Magnolia fraseri)

Galax; Beetleweed (Galax urceolata) Galax (Galax urceolata)

Greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia) Greenbrier; Catbrier (Smilax rotundifolia)

Halberd-leaved Violet (Viola hastata) Halberd-leaved Violet (Viola hastata)

Heartleaf (Hexastylis) a Heartleaf (Hexastylis sp.)

Hearts-a-bustin’; Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus) Hearts-a-Bustin' (Euonymus americanus)

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Indian Cucumber Root (Medeola virginianaIndian Cucumber Root (Medeola virginiana)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)Mountain Laurel; Ivy (Kalmia latifolia) Mountain Laurel; Ivy (Kalmia latifolia)

Mountain Meadow Rue; Lady Rue (Thalictrum clavatum) Mountain Meadow Rue; Lady Rue (Thalictrum clavatum)

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora*) Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora*)

Oconee Bells; Shortia (Shortia galacifolia) Oconee Bells; Shortia (Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia)

Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens) Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens)

Piedmont Rhododendron (Rhododendron minus)Piedmont Rhododendron (Rhododendron minus)

Rosebay; Great Laurel (Rhododendron maximum) Rosebay; Great Laurel (Rhododendron maximum)

Round-leaved Yellow Violet (Viola rotundifolia) Round-leaved Yellow Violet (Viola rotundifolia) Plant

Serviceberry (Amelanchier) a Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.)

Silverbell (Halesia) Silverbell (Halesia tetrapter)

Snowy Hydrangea; Silverleaf (Hydrangea radiata) Snowy Hydrangea (Hydrangea radiata)

Solomon’s Plume (Maianthemum racemosum) Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum)

Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

Spotted Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis) Spotted Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis)

Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) Mountain Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra acuminata)

Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus) Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus)

Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda) Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda)

Thyme-leaved Bluets (Houstonia serpyllifolia) Thyme-leaved Bluets (Houstonia serpyllifolia)

Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens) Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens)

Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Turtlehead (Chelone) Red Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)

Vasey’s Trillium (Trillium vaseyi)Vasey's Trillium (Trillium vaseyi)
Wake Robin Trillium (Trillium erectum

Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Blooms

Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia)

Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis) Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis) Male Flowers

Yellow Mandarin; Fairy Bells (Prosartes lanuginosa) Yellow Mandarin (Prosartes lanuginosa)

Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima) Yellowroot (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)

Ferns and Fern Allies:

Appalachian Rock Cap Fern (Polypodium appalachianum) Appalachian Rock Cap Fern (Polypodium appalachianum)

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

Fan Club Moss (Lycopodium digitatum) Fan Clubmoss (Lycopodium digitatum)

Intermediate Wood Fern (Dryopteris intermedia)

Marginal Wood Fern (Dryopteris marginalis)

Rattlesnake Fern (Botrychium virginianum) Botrychium virginianum

Mosses, Lichens, Others:

a Windswept Moss (Dicranum) a Windswept Moss (Dicranum sp.)

Apple Moss (Bartramia pomiformis) Apple Moss (Bartramia pomiformis)

Cat’s Tongue Liverwort (Conocephalum conicum) Skin Liverwort, Cat's Tongue Liverwort, Snakeskin Liverwort (Conocephalum conicum)

Lung Lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria) Lungwort Lichen (Lobaria pulmonaria)

Millipeed Weed Liverwort (Bazzania trilobata) a Bazzania Liverwort (Bazzania sp.)

Old Man’s Beard (Usnea) Usnea

Reindeer Lichen (Cladonia rangiferina) Reindeer Lichen (Cladonia rangiferina)

Rose Moss (Rhodobryum roseum) Rose Moss (Rhodobryum roseum)

Sphagnum or Peat Moss (Sphagnum) a Sphagnum Moss (Sphagnum sp.)

Square Goose Neck Moss (Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus) Square Goose Neck Moss (Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus)

Photography by Ken Borgfeldt, David Heavner, Jim Poling, Penny Longhurst, & Joe Standaert.
Plants that are non-native to North America are indicted by an asterisk (*) placed after the species name.


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Peterson,  Roger Tory &  McKenny, Margaret: A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-central North America. Peterson Field Guides, 1968

Richard M. Smith: Wildflowers of the Southern Mountain. University of Tennessee Press, 1998.

White, Peter: Wildflowers of the Smokies. Great Smoky Mountain Association. 1996.