Fall Flowers - Roadsides - Yellow and Orange

These flowers bloom between September and late November.
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1 This is the Poster that advertised my  Fall Wildflower Hike at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. The 2008 hike was the third time I have led one there. About 70 people attended the hike and learned about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in our...

This is the Poster that advertised my Fall Wildflower Hike at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. The 2008 hike was the third time I have led one there. About 70 people attended the hike and learned about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in our...

This is the Poster that advertised my Fall Wildflower Hike at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. The 2008 hike was the third time I have led one there. About 70 people attended the hike and learned about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in our area in autumn. 1102
2 <strong>Canada Goldenrod</strong> with moth
<em>Solidago canadensis</em> /Aster Family<br>
Goldenrods drive me crazy to try to identify! They are a lovely addition to the autumn landscape. The insect on the flowers is a moth.
Perennial
<u>Where see...

Canada Goldenrod with moth Solidago canadensis /Aster Family
Goldenrods drive me crazy to try to identify! They are a lovely addition to the autumn landscape. The insect on the flowers is a moth. Perennial Where see...

Canada Goldenrod with moth Solidago canadensis /Aster Family
Goldenrods drive me crazy to try to identify! They are a lovely addition to the autumn landscape. The insect on the flowers is a moth. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread
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3 <strong>Canada Goldenrod</strong> (close-up)<br>

Canada Goldenrod (close-up)

Canada Goldenrod (close-up)
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4 <strong>Roan Mountain Goldenrod</strong>
<em>Solidago roanensis</em> / Aster Family
Roan Mountain, TN / NC
October 9, 2006<br>
I photographed this goldenrod at the trailhead of Carter's Gap on Roan Mountain.

Roan Mountain Goldenrod Solidago roanensis / Aster Family Roan Mountain, TN / NC October 9, 2006
I photographed this goldenrod at the trailhead of Carter's Gap on Roan Mountain.

Roan Mountain Goldenrod Solidago roanensis / Aster Family Roan Mountain, TN / NC October 9, 2006
I photographed this goldenrod at the trailhead of Carter's Gap on Roan Mountain.
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5 <strong>Skunk Goldenrod</strong>  
<em>Solidago glomerata</em>
Mount Leconte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 1, 2006<br>
This plant was blooming at over 6500' near the top of Mt. Leconte. I know to the folks in the western states, th...

Skunk Goldenrod Solidago glomerata Mount Leconte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park September 1, 2006
This plant was blooming at over 6500' near the top of Mt. Leconte. I know to the folks in the western states, th...

Skunk Goldenrod Solidago glomerata Mount Leconte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park September 1, 2006
This plant was blooming at over 6500' near the top of Mt. Leconte. I know to the folks in the western states, that elevation doesn't seem too much, but it is the second highest elevation in Tennessee. I didn't notice a skunky odor to this plant, but I didn't molest the leaves to crush them to see if they have a smell! It's not nice (or legal!) to abuse plants in the National Park! :) Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mt. Leconte map...
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6 <strong>Showy Goldenrod </strong>
<em>Solidago speciosa</em> / Aster Family
Oak Ridge, TN
September 7, 2008

Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa / Aster Family Oak Ridge, TN September 7, 2008

Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa / Aster Family Oak Ridge, TN September 7, 2008 966
7 <strong>Grass-leafed Golden-Aster</strong>
<em>Heterotheca graminifolia</em> /Aster Family<br>
The long, slender leaves of this plant have smooth silver hairs which give it the appearance of a silvery grass, but it is another "DYC" (Darned Yellow Com...

Grass-leafed Golden-Aster Heterotheca graminifolia /Aster Family
The long, slender leaves of this plant have smooth silver hairs which give it the appearance of a silvery grass, but it is another "DYC" (Darned Yellow Com...

Grass-leafed Golden-Aster Heterotheca graminifolia /Aster Family
The long, slender leaves of this plant have smooth silver hairs which give it the appearance of a silvery grass, but it is another "DYC" (Darned Yellow Composite!). Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness {Formerly known as Pityopsis graminifolia; Chrysopsis graminifolia}
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8 <strong>Grass-leaved Golden Aster</strong>
<em>Heterotheca graminifolia</em> /Aster Family
Height: 16 - 40 inches
September 18, 2005<br>
This plant blooms in late fall. It is common growing along trails and roadsides. The leaves are silvery-looking...

Grass-leaved Golden Aster Heterotheca graminifolia /Aster Family Height: 16 - 40 inches September 18, 2005
This plant blooms in late fall. It is common growing along trails and roadsides. The leaves are silvery-looking...

Grass-leaved Golden Aster Heterotheca graminifolia /Aster Family Height: 16 - 40 inches September 18, 2005
This plant blooms in late fall. It is common growing along trails and roadsides. The leaves are silvery-looking due to the silky hairs. It was a long time before I realized this plant was NOT a type of grass! I was surprised to see the yellow flowers! Perennial
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9 <strong>Prairie Golden Aster</strong>
<em>Heterotheca camporum</em> /Aster Family
Height: 16 - 40 inches
September 18, 2005<br>
This is a common wildflower in the fall. It brightens many a roadside in September. It has small white hairs and alterna...

Prairie Golden Aster Heterotheca camporum /Aster Family Height: 16 - 40 inches September 18, 2005
This is a common wildflower in the fall. It brightens many a roadside in September. It has small white hairs and alterna...

Prairie Golden Aster Heterotheca camporum /Aster Family Height: 16 - 40 inches September 18, 2005
This is a common wildflower in the fall. It brightens many a roadside in September. It has small white hairs and alternate leaves. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge
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10 <strong>Narrow-leaf Sunflower</strong>
<em>Helianthus angustifolius</em> /Aster Family<br> 
I found these blooming in late September in Midtown, TN during a fieldtrip I was conducting at a school. This is a very common plant in the areas where it gro...

Narrow-leaf Sunflower Helianthus angustifolius /Aster Family
I found these blooming in late September in Midtown, TN during a fieldtrip I was conducting at a school. This is a very common plant in the areas where it gro...

Narrow-leaf Sunflower Helianthus angustifolius /Aster Family
I found these blooming in late September in Midtown, TN during a fieldtrip I was conducting at a school. This is a very common plant in the areas where it grows. Perennial Where seen: Midway, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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11 <strong>Maximilian's Sunflower</strong>
<em>Helianthus maximilianii</em>
Knoxville, TN (Ijams Nature Center)
Sept. 24, 2008

I was excited to find this huge sunflower blooming in a field at Ijams Nature Center during a school field trip. This make...

Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximilianii Knoxville, TN (Ijams Nature Center) Sept. 24, 2008 I was excited to find this huge sunflower blooming in a field at Ijams Nature Center during a school field trip. This make...

Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximilianii Knoxville, TN (Ijams Nature Center) Sept. 24, 2008 I was excited to find this huge sunflower blooming in a field at Ijams Nature Center during a school field trip. This makes plant #2124 on my Wildflower Lifelist! These plants can grow up to 10' in height. This one was down low because it was weighted down by the numerous flowers. 1104
12 Maximilian's Sunflower plant

Maximilian's Sunflower plant

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13 <strong>Ozark Tickseed Sunflower</strong>
<em>Bidens polylepis</em> / Aster Family
Oak Ridge, TN
Sept. 5, 2008

I paid dearly for taking this photo, I have been itching for over a week after getting into a bunch of chiggers! :(

Ozark Tickseed Sunflower Bidens polylepis / Aster Family Oak Ridge, TN Sept. 5, 2008 I paid dearly for taking this photo, I have been itching for over a week after getting into a bunch of chiggers! :(

Ozark Tickseed Sunflower Bidens polylepis / Aster Family Oak Ridge, TN Sept. 5, 2008 I paid dearly for taking this photo, I have been itching for over a week after getting into a bunch of chiggers! :( 1042
14 <strong>Mountain Krigia</strong>
<em>Krigia montana</em>
Mount Leconte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 1, 2006<br>
At first glance a hiker might dismiss this as just another plain old Dandelion. I wouldn't have known what it was if I...

Mountain Krigia Krigia montana Mount Leconte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park September 1, 2006
At first glance a hiker might dismiss this as just another plain old Dandelion. I wouldn't have known what it was if I...

Mountain Krigia Krigia montana Mount Leconte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park September 1, 2006
At first glance a hiker might dismiss this as just another plain old Dandelion. I wouldn't have known what it was if I hadn't read about it in the Leconte Lodge. It grows in only the high elevations, so it takes some work to see this flower. My husband and I hiked a little over 11 miles on this trip. It was worth the aching knees to get 5 new flowers for this website and 1 new one for my lifelist! I also found this flower blooming on Roan Mountain on 10-9-06.
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15 <strong>Beggar Ticks</strong>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span> 
<em>Bidens frondosa</em> /Aster Family<br>
These composite flowers usually do not have "petals" (ray flowers). The flowers are not very showy, they could be easy to bypass. You...

Beggar Ticks Aquatic Bidens frondosa /Aster Family
These composite flowers usually do not have "petals" (ray flowers). The flowers are not very showy, they could be easy to bypass. You...

Beggar Ticks Aquatic Bidens frondosa /Aster Family
These composite flowers usually do not have "petals" (ray flowers). The flowers are not very showy, they could be easy to bypass. You might not see them when they go to seed either, but if you pass by too closely you'll probably take a few seeds home with you! The seeds have 2 sharp barbed prongs that stick into clothing. Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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16 <strong>Small-headed Sunflower</strong>
<em>Helianthus microcephalus</em>
Haw Ridge Greenway trails
September 10, 2006<br>
I "paid" for this photo with a bunch of chiggers in some uncomfortable areas!

Small-headed Sunflower Helianthus microcephalus Haw Ridge Greenway trails September 10, 2006
I "paid" for this photo with a bunch of chiggers in some uncomfortable areas!

Small-headed Sunflower Helianthus microcephalus Haw Ridge Greenway trails September 10, 2006
I "paid" for this photo with a bunch of chiggers in some uncomfortable areas!
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17 <strong>Purple-headed Sneezeweed</strong>
<em>Helenium flexuosum</em> /Aster Family<br>
These flowers have purple disk flowers. Sneezeweeds get their name from an unusual practice of early settlers. People once thought sneezing could expel the "evil ...

Purple-headed Sneezeweed Helenium flexuosum /Aster Family
These flowers have purple disk flowers. Sneezeweeds get their name from an unusual practice of early settlers. People once thought sneezing could expel the "evil ...

Purple-headed Sneezeweed Helenium flexuosum /Aster Family
These flowers have purple disk flowers. Sneezeweeds get their name from an unusual practice of early settlers. People once thought sneezing could expel the "evil spirits" which they believed caused illnesses. The dried leaves of the sneezeweeds were sniffed up the nose to cause sneezing. Ironically, their sneezing probably spread germs to make even more people sick! Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP
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18 <strong>Autumn Sneezeweed</strong>
<em>Helenium autumnale</em> /Aster Family<br>
I found this plant blooming on the lake shore at Big Ridge State Park in early September. 
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Big Ridge State Park,...

Autumn Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale /Aster Family
I found this plant blooming on the lake shore at Big Ridge State Park in early September. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Big Ridge State Park,...

Autumn Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale /Aster Family
I found this plant blooming on the lake shore at Big Ridge State Park in early September. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Big Ridge State Park, Oak Ridge, Warriors' Path SP
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19 <strong>Jerusalem Artichoke</strong>
<em>Helianthus tuberosus</em> /Aster Family<br>
The leaves of this plant are alternate, rough, and scratchy. Notice the long bracts of the buds. These are very showy flowers along the roadsides.
Perennial
<u>Whe...

Jerusalem Artichoke Helianthus tuberosus /Aster Family
The leaves of this plant are alternate, rough, and scratchy. Notice the long bracts of the buds. These are very showy flowers along the roadsides. Perennial Whe...

Jerusalem Artichoke Helianthus tuberosus /Aster Family
The leaves of this plant are alternate, rough, and scratchy. Notice the long bracts of the buds. These are very showy flowers along the roadsides. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Oak Ridge
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20 <strong>Inflated Bladderwort</strong>
<em>Urticularia inflata</em> /Bladderwort Family
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span>
<span style="color: green;">Carnivorous!</span>
<span style="color:purple;">Rare - Species of concern in TN</span><br>
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Inflated Bladderwort Urticularia inflata /Bladderwort Family Aquatic Carnivorous! Rare - Species of concern in TN
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Inflated Bladderwort Urticularia inflata /Bladderwort Family Aquatic Carnivorous! Rare - Species of concern in TN
I was very excited to find this rare wildflower blooming in the lake at Pickett State Park in early September. It is a very unusual plant because it is carnivorous! The submersed leaves have small (pinhead-sized)trigger-haired bladders that pull tiny aquatic organisms inside to digestion them. I apologize for the lousy quality of this photo, I was working under some pretty bad conditions for photography. I didn't want to put my new tripod into the water or the thick mud on the bank, so I had to hand-hold the camera. It didn't help that I had a crowd of people standing along the wall behind me speculating if I was going to fall in! I did slip part of my foot into the lake at one point, thank goodness for Gore-tex boots! Perennial Where seen: Pickett SP
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21 <strong>Pencil Flower</strong>
<em>Stylosanthes biflora</em> /Pea Family<br>
This plant was blooming along the shore of Norris Lake at Big Ridge State Park in early September. It blooms much of the summer. It is a member of the Pea Family.

Pencil Flower Stylosanthes biflora /Pea Family
This plant was blooming along the shore of Norris Lake at Big Ridge State Park in early September. It blooms much of the summer. It is a member of the Pea Family.

Pencil Flower Stylosanthes biflora /Pea Family
This plant was blooming along the shore of Norris Lake at Big Ridge State Park in early September. It blooms much of the summer. It is a member of the Pea Family.
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22 <strong>Inflated Bladderwort</strong> close-up
<em>Urticularia inflata</em>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span>
<span style="color: green;">Carnivorous!</span>

Inflated Bladderwort close-up Urticularia inflata Aquatic Carnivorous!

Inflated Bladderwort close-up Urticularia inflata Aquatic Carnivorous! 1185
23 <strong>Creeping Cucumber</strong>
<em>Melothria pendula</em>
September 9, 2006<br>
I had just finished leading a fall wildflower hike at the University of Tennessee Arboretum for 65 people and I decided to take one last look on my own. Due to the r...

Creeping Cucumber Melothria pendula September 9, 2006
I had just finished leading a fall wildflower hike at the University of Tennessee Arboretum for 65 people and I decided to take one last look on my own. Due to the r...

Creeping Cucumber Melothria pendula September 9, 2006
I had just finished leading a fall wildflower hike at the University of Tennessee Arboretum for 65 people and I decided to take one last look on my own. Due to the recent rains, the rock garden was weedy and overgrown. When I spotted this small yellow flower growing on a vine with green, oval-shaped fruits I recognized it as a type of wild cucumber. Creeping Cucumber is a dioecious plant, it has only female or male flowers, this one is obviously a female! Most likely an annual Where seen: University of Tennessee Arboretum
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24 <strong>Native Grass</strong> flowers 

Ok, I have to admit I am not a grass person, so I'm not even going to try to identify this. I'm putting this photo on my site just to show what grass flowers look like. The stamens are the yellow, dangling part...

Native Grass flowers Ok, I have to admit I am not a grass person, so I'm not even going to try to identify this. I'm putting this photo on my site just to show what grass flowers look like. The stamens are the yellow, dangling part...

Native Grass flowers Ok, I have to admit I am not a grass person, so I'm not even going to try to identify this. I'm putting this photo on my site just to show what grass flowers look like. The stamens are the yellow, dangling parts. They produce light, dry pollen that blows in the air to the pistils on a nearby plant. The light brown anthers have already deposited their pollen and have dried up (males are expendible in the floral world!). The pistils are the fuzzy little white parts. I found these blooming at the Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens. 2101
25 <strong>Silverling</strong>
<em>Paronychia argyrocoma</em> / Pink Family
Grandfather Mountain, NC
October 10, 2006<br>
This was not photographed in Tennessee, but it does grow in the higher elevations of our mountains. At first I wasn't sure there ...

Silverling Paronychia argyrocoma / Pink Family Grandfather Mountain, NC October 10, 2006
This was not photographed in Tennessee, but it does grow in the higher elevations of our mountains. At first I wasn't sure there ...

Silverling Paronychia argyrocoma / Pink Family Grandfather Mountain, NC October 10, 2006
This was not photographed in Tennessee, but it does grow in the higher elevations of our mountains. At first I wasn't sure there were any flowers on the plants, they were at the end of their blooming period. It was truly amazing that these plants could survive at all, considering how many thousands of feet trample over the rocks where they live. They snuggle down into the cracks between the rocks near the swinging mile-high bridge on Grandfather Mountain.
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