Spring has finally arrived in the Southeast! Here’s a short list of some local wildflowers to look out for.
In Long Creek, SC (home of Wildwater Chattooga)
The “thrift” flower, AKA creeping phlox (see photo above), has arrived signifying the beginning of spring! Phlox is a popular meal for groundhogs, rabbits and deer. Look for these small purple flowers everywhere, especially along route 76 and in Wildwater’s own backyard.
In Bryson City, NC (home of Wildwater Nantahala)
The serviceberry is popping up all over. The arrival of this small tree’s blossoms used to signify that the ground was warm and soft enough to break ground again. It also meant roads in the Appalachian Mountains were passable. Today it signifies warm weather and the return of rafting season!
Around Gatlinburg, TN (home of Wildwater Pigeon)
Trillium or “yellow wakerobin” is native to the Great Smoky Mountains, and is especially abundant in Gatlinburg. They are typically found in the shade of trees, or calcium-rich soils. Some species of trillium are endangered and therefore illegal to pick, so taking a photo is the best way to enjoy these pretty flowers.
In Ducktown, TN (home of Wildwater Ocoee)
Birdfoot Violets are known under many nicknames, such as the mountain pansy or “queen” of the violets. Their name comes from the delicate way the petals are separated, like a bird’s foot. They typically bloom from mid to late spring, and can already be found in the woods. Guess it really must be spring!