Spring Flowers - Roadsides - Blue, Purple, and Green

These flowers bloom between late March and late May.
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1 <strong>Cornflower; Bachelor's Buttons</strong>
<em>Centaurea cyanus*</em> /Aster Family
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 3</span>
These pretty blue flowers are often planted in wildflower displays along highway medians. They are in the Composit...

Cornflower; Bachelor's Buttons Centaurea cyanus* /Aster Family (INN) Rank 3 These pretty blue flowers are often planted in wildflower displays along highway medians. They are in the Composit...

Cornflower; Bachelor's Buttons Centaurea cyanus* /Aster Family (INN) Rank 3 These pretty blue flowers are often planted in wildflower displays along highway medians. They are in the Composite Family and are not native to our area. I photographed these flowers growing along Cedar Bluff Road in Knoxville in May. Annual Where seen:Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP 4594
2 <strong>Ajuga; Carpet Bugle</strong>
<em>Ajuga reptans*</em> /Mint Family<br>
This plant is often planted in yards and can escape into the wild. This one was growing next to my driveway.
Perennial
<u>Where seen:</u>Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains ...

Ajuga; Carpet Bugle Ajuga reptans* /Mint Family
This plant is often planted in yards and can escape into the wild. This one was growing next to my driveway. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains ...

Ajuga; Carpet Bugle Ajuga reptans* /Mint Family
This plant is often planted in yards and can escape into the wild. This one was growing next to my driveway. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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3 <strong>Dead Nettle</strong>
<em>Lamium purpureum*</em> /Mint Family<br>
Dead Nettle is a member of the Mint family, it can become weedy. These plants have a square stem, opposite leaves, and lipped flowers. Not all mints have a minty odor. These wer...

Dead Nettle Lamium purpureum* /Mint Family
Dead Nettle is a member of the Mint family, it can become weedy. These plants have a square stem, opposite leaves, and lipped flowers. Not all mints have a minty odor. These wer...

Dead Nettle Lamium purpureum* /Mint Family
Dead Nettle is a member of the Mint family, it can become weedy. These plants have a square stem, opposite leaves, and lipped flowers. Not all mints have a minty odor. These were blooming in Oak Ridge in early April. Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP, Ijams Nature Center, widespread
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4 <strong>Henbit</strong>
<em>Lamium amplexicaule*</em> /Mint Family
March 13, 2005<br>
This Mint family member is a very common roadside and yard weed. It looks similar to Dead Nettle. Note the tiny purple hairs on the upper part of the flowers and t...

Henbit Lamium amplexicaule* /Mint Family March 13, 2005
This Mint family member is a very common roadside and yard weed. It looks similar to Dead Nettle. Note the tiny purple hairs on the upper part of the flowers and t...

Henbit Lamium amplexicaule* /Mint Family March 13, 2005
This Mint family member is a very common roadside and yard weed. It looks similar to Dead Nettle. Note the tiny purple hairs on the upper part of the flowers and the nectar guides which show the pollinators where to find their food (note the pistil and stamens under the round cap). When I was little we called these "Turtleheads". These were blooming in Oak Ridge. Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread
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5 <strong>Ground Ivy; Gill-over-the-Ground; 
Creeping Charlie</strong><br><span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 2</span>
<em>Glechoma hederacea*</em> /Mint Family<br>
I REALLY don't like Ground Ivy! It is a nasty weed that can grow in shade or sun. It ...

Ground Ivy; Gill-over-the-Ground; Creeping Charlie
(INN) Rank 2 Glechoma hederacea* /Mint Family
I REALLY don't like Ground Ivy! It is a nasty weed that can grow in shade or sun. It ...

Ground Ivy; Gill-over-the-Ground; Creeping Charlie
(INN) Rank 2 Glechoma hederacea* /Mint Family
I REALLY don't like Ground Ivy! It is a nasty weed that can grow in shade or sun. It can easily be identified by smelling the distinctive odor of the leaves. Like other members of the mint family this plant can take over a yard quickly. Unfortunately, I know what it can do first hand, it is trying to take over my yard! I photographed these at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in April. Ground Ivy is poisonous to goats and horses. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Warriors' Path SP, Ijams Nature Center, widespread
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6 <strong>Lyre-leaf Sage</strong>
<em>Salvia lyrata</em> /Mint Family
April 22, 2005<br>
Lyre-leaf Sage can grow in a variety habitats, sometimes it can be found in clearings in the woods. I found this plant growing at the Oak Ridge Marina in early Ap...

Lyre-leaf Sage Salvia lyrata /Mint Family April 22, 2005
Lyre-leaf Sage can grow in a variety habitats, sometimes it can be found in clearings in the woods. I found this plant growing at the Oak Ridge Marina in early Ap...

Lyre-leaf Sage Salvia lyrata /Mint Family April 22, 2005
Lyre-leaf Sage can grow in a variety habitats, sometimes it can be found in clearings in the woods. I found this plant growing at the Oak Ridge Marina in early April. Note the square stem, a characteristic of all Mints. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Frozen Head SP, Norris Dam SP, Piney River SNA, Big Ridge SP, Big South Fork NRRA
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7 <strong>Nettle-leaf Sage</strong>
<em>Salvia urticifolia</em> /Mint Family
Height: 12" - 20"
May 2, 2005<br>
I found these plants growing in a powerline cut at Haw Ridge greenway. The leaves of this plant resemble nettle leaves, fortunately they do...

Nettle-leaf Sage Salvia urticifolia /Mint Family Height: 12" - 20" May 2, 2005
I found these plants growing in a powerline cut at Haw Ridge greenway. The leaves of this plant resemble nettle leaves, fortunately they do...

Nettle-leaf Sage Salvia urticifolia /Mint Family Height: 12" - 20" May 2, 2005
I found these plants growing in a powerline cut at Haw Ridge greenway. The leaves of this plant resemble nettle leaves, fortunately they don't have the nasty prickles. They have a musky, minty aroma. The flowers are pretty with the white nectar guides. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge (Haw Ridge)
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8 <strong>Nettle-leaf Sage</strong>
<em>Salvia urticifolia</em> /Mint Family

Nettle-leaf Sage Salvia urticifolia /Mint Family

Nettle-leaf Sage Salvia urticifolia /Mint Family 1905
9 <strong>Heal-All</strong>
<em>Prunella vulgaris</em> /Mint Family
May 18, 2005<br>
This pretty little flower is found in both the woods and along the roadsides. I found this one blooming in the Oak Ridge Cedar Barrens. It blooms much of the year.
P...

Heal-All Prunella vulgaris /Mint Family May 18, 2005
This pretty little flower is found in both the woods and along the roadsides. I found this one blooming in the Oak Ridge Cedar Barrens. It blooms much of the year. P...

Heal-All Prunella vulgaris /Mint Family May 18, 2005
This pretty little flower is found in both the woods and along the roadsides. I found this one blooming in the Oak Ridge Cedar Barrens. It blooms much of the year. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Frozen Head SP, Norris Dam SP, Piney River SNA, Big Ridge SP, Big South Fork NRRA, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Haw Ridge greenway
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10 <strong>Princess or Empress Tree; Pawlonia</strong>
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 1</span>
<em>Paulownia tomentosa*</em> / Figwort Family<br>
The pretty flowers of the Paulownia tree are often seen along highways in the late April. The cluste...

Princess or Empress Tree; Pawlonia (INN) Rank 1 Paulownia tomentosa* / Figwort Family
The pretty flowers of the Paulownia tree are often seen along highways in the late April. The cluste...

Princess or Empress Tree; Pawlonia (INN) Rank 1 Paulownia tomentosa* / Figwort Family
The pretty flowers of the Paulownia tree are often seen along highways in the late April. The clusters of large, pale purple flowers are quite showy. The dry, brown seedpods from the previous year often remain on the tree throughout the spring. This tree has huge leaves when it is small. Despite the pretty flowers, it can become a weedy pest. A close-up of flowers follows in next photo. Perennial - Tree Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread
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11 <strong>Princess or Empress Tree; Pawlonia (close-up)</strong>
<span style="color: red;">(INN)Rank 1</span>
<em>Paulownia tomentosa*</em><br>
This tree is a native of Japan. It was once planted when a daughter was born for wood to build her dowery b...

Princess or Empress Tree; Pawlonia (close-up) (INN)Rank 1 Paulownia tomentosa*
This tree is a native of Japan. It was once planted when a daughter was born for wood to build her dowery b...

Princess or Empress Tree; Pawlonia (close-up) (INN)Rank 1 Paulownia tomentosa*
This tree is a native of Japan. It was once planted when a daughter was born for wood to build her dowery box. The trees grow quickly and are very prolific. I found this tree growing along an abandoned railroad track in Oak Ridge in April.
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12 <strong>Indigobush; False Indigo</strong>
<em>Amorpha fruticosa</em> / Pea Family
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span>
May 18, 2005<br>
Indigo bush blooms in mid-May, I found this one late in its flowering time. These bushes are usually found ...

Indigobush; False Indigo Amorpha fruticosa / Pea Family Aquatic May 18, 2005
Indigo bush blooms in mid-May, I found this one late in its flowering time. These bushes are usually found ...

Indigobush; False Indigo Amorpha fruticosa / Pea Family Aquatic May 18, 2005
Indigo bush blooms in mid-May, I found this one late in its flowering time. These bushes are usually found near water. I photographed this one growing on the bank of Melton Hill Lake at the Haw Ridge parking area. Perennial - Shrub Where seen:Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge
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13 Indigo Bush

Indigo Bush

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14 <strong>Japanese Wisteria</strong>
<em>Wisteria floribunda*</em> /Pea Family
April 17, 2005<br>
Wisteria vines are a bit like Kudzu, the flowers are very lovely but the vines will choke and shade out any plant unfortunate enough to have them growing...

Japanese Wisteria Wisteria floribunda* /Pea Family April 17, 2005
Wisteria vines are a bit like Kudzu, the flowers are very lovely but the vines will choke and shade out any plant unfortunate enough to have them growing...

Japanese Wisteria Wisteria floribunda* /Pea Family April 17, 2005
Wisteria vines are a bit like Kudzu, the flowers are very lovely but the vines will choke and shade out any plant unfortunate enough to have them growing on them. It is a serious pest in some southeastern states. This one is growing on another invasive non-native, Bush Honeysuckle! These pretty purple flowers bloom here in April, they can sometimes be seen growing in trees along highways. Wisteria vines in unusual places are often indicative of an old homesite. Children should be warned not to eat the seeds or pods, they are poisonous and will cause digestive upset. Perennial - Vine Where seen:Hwy. 321 near Townsend, TN, Pellissippi Parkway in Knoxville
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15 <strong>Birdsfoot Violet</strong>
<em>Violet pedata</em> /Violet Family
April 10, 2005<br>
A good place to see these pretty, large-flowered violets is near the Piney Falls State Natural Area trailhead in late April. "Birdsfoot" alludes to the finely...

Birdsfoot Violet Violet pedata /Violet Family April 10, 2005
A good place to see these pretty, large-flowered violets is near the Piney Falls State Natural Area trailhead in late April. "Birdsfoot" alludes to the finely...

Birdsfoot Violet Violet pedata /Violet Family April 10, 2005
A good place to see these pretty, large-flowered violets is near the Piney Falls State Natural Area trailhead in late April. "Birdsfoot" alludes to the finely-cut shape of the leaf. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Piney Falls SNA
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16 <strong>Birdsfoot Violet</strong>
<em>Violet pedata</em> /Violet Family

Birdsfoot Violet Violet pedata /Violet Family

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17 <strong>Birdsfoot Violet</strong>
<em>Violet pedata</em> /Violet Family

Birdsfoot Violet Violet pedata /Violet Family

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18 <strong>Birdsfoot Violet - grouping</strong><br>
<em>Violet pedata</em> /Violet Family

Birdsfoot Violet - grouping
Violet pedata /Violet Family

Birdsfoot Violet - grouping
Violet pedata /Violet Family
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19 <strong>Birdseye Speedwell</strong>
<em>Veronica persica*</em> /Snapdragon Family
January 2005<br>
These pretty little blue wildflowers brighten a sunny, cold, early spring day. On a cloudy day the flowers will be closed to protect their pollen. Not...

Birdseye Speedwell Veronica persica* /Snapdragon Family January 2005
These pretty little blue wildflowers brighten a sunny, cold, early spring day. On a cloudy day the flowers will be closed to protect their pollen. Not...

Birdseye Speedwell Veronica persica* /Snapdragon Family January 2005
These pretty little blue wildflowers brighten a sunny, cold, early spring day. On a cloudy day the flowers will be closed to protect their pollen. Notice the two stamens with the black anthers and white pollen. Look closely to see the white nectar guides and stripes on the petals. These flowers grow in large patches in yards and along roadsides. After a very warm spell in mid-January 2005, I saw these little blue flowers blooming at my school! Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge, Norris Dam SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread
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20 <strong>Ivy-leaf Speedwell</strong> 
<em>Veronica hederaefolia*</em> /Snapdragon Family<br>
I found this flower blooming at the University of Tennessee Arboretum on March 18, 2005. It has leaves with stiff hairs. 
Annual 
<u>Where seen:</u>Oak Ridge

Ivy-leaf Speedwell Veronica hederaefolia* /Snapdragon Family
I found this flower blooming at the University of Tennessee Arboretum on March 18, 2005. It has leaves with stiff hairs. Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge

Ivy-leaf Speedwell Veronica hederaefolia* /Snapdragon Family
I found this flower blooming at the University of Tennessee Arboretum on March 18, 2005. It has leaves with stiff hairs. Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge
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21 <strong>Thyme-leaf Speedwell</strong>
<em>Veronica serpyllifolia</em> /Snapdragon Family
April 10, 2005<br>
These flowers are very small. A hand lens can make the details of tiny flowers easier to enjoy. I found these blooming at the Piney River tra...

Thyme-leaf Speedwell Veronica serpyllifolia /Snapdragon Family April 10, 2005
These flowers are very small. A hand lens can make the details of tiny flowers easier to enjoy. I found these blooming at the Piney River tra...

Thyme-leaf Speedwell Veronica serpyllifolia /Snapdragon Family April 10, 2005
These flowers are very small. A hand lens can make the details of tiny flowers easier to enjoy. I found these blooming at the Piney River trailhead. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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22 <strong>Common Speedwell</strong>
<em>Veronica officinalis*</em> /Snapdragon Family
May 11, 2006<br>
I found this little plant growing along a trail at Haw Ridge. It has pretty little pale blue flowers. 
Height: 4-8"
Perennial
<u>Where seen:</u> ...

Common Speedwell Veronica officinalis* /Snapdragon Family May 11, 2006
I found this little plant growing along a trail at Haw Ridge. It has pretty little pale blue flowers. Height: 4-8" Perennial Where seen: ...

Common Speedwell Veronica officinalis* /Snapdragon Family May 11, 2006
I found this little plant growing along a trail at Haw Ridge. It has pretty little pale blue flowers. Height: 4-8" Perennial Where seen: Haw Ridge greenway
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23 <strong>Corn Speedwell</strong>
<em>Veronica arvensis*</em> /Snapdragon Family
April 6, 2005<br>
These flowers are pinhead sized, so they are not easy to find. The plants are quite weedy once they become established in a yard.

Corn Speedwell Veronica arvensis* /Snapdragon Family April 6, 2005
These flowers are pinhead sized, so they are not easy to find. The plants are quite weedy once they become established in a yard.

Corn Speedwell Veronica arvensis* /Snapdragon Family April 6, 2005
These flowers are pinhead sized, so they are not easy to find. The plants are quite weedy once they become established in a yard.
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24 <strong>Venus' Looking Glass</strong>
<em>Triodanis perfoliata</em> /Bluebell Family
May 18, 2005<br>
The name of this plant alludes to the shiny black seeds. They are not very big, so Venus must have had to look very closely to see her reflection i...

Venus' Looking Glass Triodanis perfoliata /Bluebell Family May 18, 2005
The name of this plant alludes to the shiny black seeds. They are not very big, so Venus must have had to look very closely to see her reflection i...

Venus' Looking Glass Triodanis perfoliata /Bluebell Family May 18, 2005
The name of this plant alludes to the shiny black seeds. They are not very big, so Venus must have had to look very closely to see her reflection in them! The leaves clasp the stem from which the species name arises. These bloom in May. I found them in Oak Ridge. Winter Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, Haw Ridge greenway, widespread {Formerly known as Specularia perfoliata}
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25 <strong>Narrow-leaf Vervain</strong>
<em>Verbena simplex</em> /Vervain Family
May 18, 2005<br>
These plants often line the sides of the interstates and other highways; they bloom from late spring throughout most of the summer. I photographed these b...

Narrow-leaf Vervain Verbena simplex /Vervain Family May 18, 2005
These plants often line the sides of the interstates and other highways; they bloom from late spring throughout most of the summer. I photographed these b...

Narrow-leaf Vervain Verbena simplex /Vervain Family May 18, 2005
These plants often line the sides of the interstates and other highways; they bloom from late spring throughout most of the summer. I photographed these blooming along Edgemoor Road in Oak Ridge. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread
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26 <strong>Vinca; Periwinkle</strong>
<em>Vinca minor*</em> /Dogbane Family
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 2</span>
March 13, 2005<br>
This plant is a common landscape "escapee"! It can bloom as early as February during a mild winter. I didn't h...

Vinca; Periwinkle Vinca minor* /Dogbane Family (INN) Rank 2 March 13, 2005
This plant is a common landscape "escapee"! It can bloom as early as February during a mild winter. I didn't h...

Vinca; Periwinkle Vinca minor* /Dogbane Family (INN) Rank 2 March 13, 2005
This plant is a common landscape "escapee"! It can bloom as early as February during a mild winter. I didn't have to go far to find these, they grow in my yard. When I planted them over 23 years ago, I didn't realize how much they spread! I have to pull them often to keep them under control. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP, Ijams Nature Center
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27 <strong>Small Bluets</strong>
<em>Hedyotis crassifolia</em> / Madder Family
March 13, 2005<br>
You'll have to look closely to find these tiny flowers, they are only about 1" tall! I found these growing in my schoolyard. 
Annual

Small Bluets Hedyotis crassifolia / Madder Family March 13, 2005
You'll have to look closely to find these tiny flowers, they are only about 1" tall! I found these growing in my schoolyard. Annual

Small Bluets Hedyotis crassifolia / Madder Family March 13, 2005
You'll have to look closely to find these tiny flowers, they are only about 1" tall! I found these growing in my schoolyard. Annual
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28 <strong>Blue Field Madder</strong>
<em>Sherardia arvensis*</em> /Madder Family<br>
The flowers are pinhead-sized and pale lavender in color. The plant is common in yards. I remember being fascinated by finding these tiny flowers in my yard as a child...

Blue Field Madder Sherardia arvensis* /Madder Family
The flowers are pinhead-sized and pale lavender in color. The plant is common in yards. I remember being fascinated by finding these tiny flowers in my yard as a child...

Blue Field Madder Sherardia arvensis* /Madder Family
The flowers are pinhead-sized and pale lavender in color. The plant is common in yards. I remember being fascinated by finding these tiny flowers in my yard as a child growing up in Nashville. I found these blooming at the Marina in Oak Ridge in early April. Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread
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29 <strong>European Corn Salad (blue variety)</strong>locusta*</em> /Valerian Family
April 20, 2005<br>
These tiny flowers can be a pale blue or white. Note how the flowers bloom in a rectangle pattern. The dichotomous branching pattern of these plants ...

European Corn Salad (blue variety)locusta* /Valerian Family April 20, 2005
These tiny flowers can be a pale blue or white. Note how the flowers bloom in a rectangle pattern. The dichotomous branching pattern of these plants ...

European Corn Salad (blue variety)locusta* /Valerian Family April 20, 2005
These tiny flowers can be a pale blue or white. Note how the flowers bloom in a rectangle pattern. The dichotomous branching pattern of these plants is interesting. I found these blooming in Oak Ridge in April. Annual Where seen:Oak Ridge Formerly known as: Valerianella olitoria
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30 <strong>Mazus</strong>
<em>Mazus japonicus*</em> /Snapdragon Family
April 15, 2005<br>
This little flower blooms in the Smokies during April in the yard at the Sugarlands Visitors Center in the Smokies. It is a member of the Snapdragon Family. "Japo...

Mazus Mazus japonicus* /Snapdragon Family April 15, 2005
This little flower blooms in the Smokies during April in the yard at the Sugarlands Visitors Center in the Smokies. It is a member of the Snapdragon Family. "Japo...

Mazus Mazus japonicus* /Snapdragon Family April 15, 2005
This little flower blooms in the Smokies during April in the yard at the Sugarlands Visitors Center in the Smokies. It is a member of the Snapdragon Family. "Japonicus" denotes the plants' origin - Japan. Annual Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP
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31 <strong>Mazus pumillus*</strong> /Snapdragon Family<br>
This rare plant has no common name. Like the previous plant, it too is a Japanese introduction. The flowers are much smaller than those of the previous plant. I found this growing behind the pavi...

Mazus pumillus* /Snapdragon Family
This rare plant has no common name. Like the previous plant, it too is a Japanese introduction. The flowers are much smaller than those of the previous plant. I found this growing behind the pavi...

Mazus pumillus* /Snapdragon Family
This rare plant has no common name. Like the previous plant, it too is a Japanese introduction. The flowers are much smaller than those of the previous plant. I found this growing behind the pavillion at Tremont in the Smokies in mid-May. Annual Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP
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32 <strong>Pale Blue-eyed Grass</strong>
<em>Sisyrinchium albidum</em> /Iris Family
April 16, 2005<br>
Pale Blue-eyed Grass is a lighter blue than its later blooming relative, the Eastern Blue-eyed Grass. I've seen a pure white version of this flower i...

Pale Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium albidum /Iris Family April 16, 2005
Pale Blue-eyed Grass is a lighter blue than its later blooming relative, the Eastern Blue-eyed Grass. I've seen a pure white version of this flower i...

Pale Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium albidum /Iris Family April 16, 2005
Pale Blue-eyed Grass is a lighter blue than its later blooming relative, the Eastern Blue-eyed Grass. I've seen a pure white version of this flower in Florida. I found these blooming in the Cedar Barrens at Jefferson Middle School in late April. Perennial Where seen:Haw Ridge Greenway, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens
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33 Blue-eyed Grass Pale close-up

Blue-eyed Grass Pale close-up

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34 <strong>Glade Wild Petunia</strong> 
<em>Ruellia humilis</em> / Acanthus Family
Height: 8" to 24"
May 18, 2005<br>
I found this pretty blue flower blooming in a powerline cut at Haw Ridge. The stem is hairy. Note the nectar guides on the side of th...

Glade Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis / Acanthus Family Height: 8" to 24" May 18, 2005
I found this pretty blue flower blooming in a powerline cut at Haw Ridge. The stem is hairy. Note the nectar guides on the side of th...

Glade Wild Petunia Ruellia humilis / Acanthus Family Height: 8" to 24" May 18, 2005
I found this pretty blue flower blooming in a powerline cut at Haw Ridge. The stem is hairy. Note the nectar guides on the side of the flower. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge
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35 <strong>Curly Dock; Curled Dock</strong>
<em>Rumex crispus*</em> /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family<br>
This is a very common roadside "weed." It is not an especially beautiful flower, but the seeds are important wildlife food. A small black beetle lays i...

Curly Dock; Curled Dock Rumex crispus* /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family
This is a very common roadside "weed." It is not an especially beautiful flower, but the seeds are important wildlife food. A small black beetle lays i...

Curly Dock; Curled Dock Rumex crispus* /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family
This is a very common roadside "weed." It is not an especially beautiful flower, but the seeds are important wildlife food. A small black beetle lays its eggs on the leaves, it is not uncommon to see the larvae eating aphids. I photographed this one during a run at the recycle center in Oak Ridge in late April. I take my camera everywhere, I never know where a flower I don't have will pop up! Dock leaves are poisonous to sheep and cattle due to the soluble oxilates. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread
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36 <strong>Curly Dock; close-up of flowers</strong>
<em>Rumex crispus*</em><br>

Curly Dock; close-up of flowers Rumex crispus*

Curly Dock; close-up of flowers Rumex crispus*
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37 <strong>Poison Ivy</strong>
<span style="color: red;">Danger!</span>
<em>Toxicodendron radicans</em> /Cashew Family<br>
Learn how to identify this plant, it grows everywhere! All parts of the plant contain the rash-inducing oil, so it should be avoi...

Poison Ivy Danger! Toxicodendron radicans /Cashew Family
Learn how to identify this plant, it grows everywhere! All parts of the plant contain the rash-inducing oil, so it should be avoi...

Poison Ivy Danger! Toxicodendron radicans /Cashew Family
Learn how to identify this plant, it grows everywhere! All parts of the plant contain the rash-inducing oil, so it should be avoided. Remember the saying: "Leaves of 3, leave it be!" Many other plants have 3 leaflets too, so it is important to know the characteristics of Poison Ivy. The middle leaflet is on a long petiole (leaf stem), the 2 lower leaflets have very short petioles. The petioles of the lower leaflets are often a reddish color. The older vines are grayish-brown and hairy. Younger vines have smooth, light brown stems. In the fall the berries are white. I have added this plant in both woodland and roadside catagories because it grows wherever birds drop the seeds! I found this plant blooming in Oak Ridge. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, widespread
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38 <strong>Poison Ivy vine</strong><br>
Get to know what Poison Ivy looks like in the fall and winter when it doesn't have leaves because the stem also contains the itch-inducing oil. This vine was growing on a rock. The grayish-brown vine has hairy hold...

Poison Ivy vine
Get to know what Poison Ivy looks like in the fall and winter when it doesn't have leaves because the stem also contains the itch-inducing oil. This vine was growing on a rock. The grayish-brown vine has hairy hold...

Poison Ivy vine
Get to know what Poison Ivy looks like in the fall and winter when it doesn't have leaves because the stem also contains the itch-inducing oil. This vine was growing on a rock. The grayish-brown vine has hairy holding roots. The stems have obvious leaf scars.
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