Spring Wildflowers - Woodland - Yellow and Orange

These flowers bloom between February and late May.
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1 <strong>Rattlesnake Weed</strong>
<em>Hieracium venosum</em> /Aster Family<br>
This is another one of those "DYCs" <em>--- a darned yellow composite!</em> Two easy identifying characteristics are the sparce, stiff hairs and the dark purple veins on t...

Rattlesnake Weed Hieracium venosum /Aster Family
This is another one of those "DYCs" --- a darned yellow composite! Two easy identifying characteristics are the sparce, stiff hairs and the dark purple veins on t...

Rattlesnake Weed Hieracium venosum /Aster Family
This is another one of those "DYCs" --- a darned yellow composite! Two easy identifying characteristics are the sparce, stiff hairs and the dark purple veins on the large basal leaves. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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2 <strong>Rattlesnake weed</strong> close-up

Rattlesnake weed close-up

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3 <strong>Golden Ragwort</strong>
<em>Senecio aureus</em> /Aster Family
May 7, 2005<br>
Golden Ragwort blooms in the woods in April and May. I photographed this plant in the Smokies along the Little River Trail. Note the two different types of leaves....

Golden Ragwort Senecio aureus /Aster Family May 7, 2005
Golden Ragwort blooms in the woods in April and May. I photographed this plant in the Smokies along the Little River Trail. Note the two different types of leaves....

Golden Ragwort Senecio aureus /Aster Family May 7, 2005
Golden Ragwort blooms in the woods in April and May. I photographed this plant in the Smokies along the Little River Trail. Note the two different types of leaves. Senecio spp. are poisonous to humans, goats, horses, sheep, and cattle. The poisons found in the leaves are jacobine and seneciphylline. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains, Warrior's Path SP, Haw Ridge
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4 <strong>Golden Ragwort</strong>

Golden Ragwort

Golden Ragwort 1931
5 <strong>Green-and-Gold</strong>
<em>Chrysogonum virginianum</em> /Aster Family<br>
I found this flower blooming at the UT Arboretum. Notice the small disk flowers which seem to be "flowers within a flower"! Each small flower is a single flower and ca...

Green-and-Gold Chrysogonum virginianum /Aster Family
I found this flower blooming at the UT Arboretum. Notice the small disk flowers which seem to be "flowers within a flower"! Each small flower is a single flower and ca...

Green-and-Gold Chrysogonum virginianum /Aster Family
I found this flower blooming at the UT Arboretum. Notice the small disk flowers which seem to be "flowers within a flower"! Each small flower is a single flower and can make a single seed. The male and female parts of the flowers mature at different times in order to keep from pollinating themselves. Perennial Where seen:University of Tennessee Arboretum
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6 <strong>Large-flower Bellwort</strong>
<em>Uvularia grandiflora</em> /Lily Family<br>
These flowers are a darker yellow than those of the closely related Perfoliate Bellwort. These are found along the Panther Branch Trail in Frozen Head State Park in...

Large-flower Bellwort Uvularia grandiflora /Lily Family
These flowers are a darker yellow than those of the closely related Perfoliate Bellwort. These are found along the Panther Branch Trail in Frozen Head State Park in...

Large-flower Bellwort Uvularia grandiflora /Lily Family
These flowers are a darker yellow than those of the closely related Perfoliate Bellwort. These are found along the Panther Branch Trail in Frozen Head State Park in mid-April. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, Haw Ridge, Ijams Nature Center
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7 <strong>Perfoliate Bellwort</strong>
<em>Uvularia perfoliata</em> /Lily Family
April 3, 2005<br>
The stem appears to perforate the leaf of this April-blooming wildflower. There are many of these plants at Frozen Head State Park and Haw Ridge Greenwa...

Perfoliate Bellwort Uvularia perfoliata /Lily Family April 3, 2005
The stem appears to perforate the leaf of this April-blooming wildflower. There are many of these plants at Frozen Head State Park and Haw Ridge Greenwa...

Perfoliate Bellwort Uvularia perfoliata /Lily Family April 3, 2005
The stem appears to perforate the leaf of this April-blooming wildflower. There are many of these plants at Frozen Head State Park and Haw Ridge Greenway. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, Haw Ridge, Ijams Nature Center
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8 <strong>Wild Oats; Sessile-leaf Bellwort</strong>
<em>Uvularia sessilifolia</em>
Obed Wild and Scenic River
April 14, 2007
I was happy to finally get a photo of Wild Oats, now I have all 3 of the <em>Uvularias</em>! The flowers are very similar, bu...

Wild Oats; Sessile-leaf Bellwort Uvularia sessilifolia Obed Wild and Scenic River April 14, 2007 I was happy to finally get a photo of Wild Oats, now I have all 3 of the Uvularias! The flowers are very similar, bu...

Wild Oats; Sessile-leaf Bellwort Uvularia sessilifolia Obed Wild and Scenic River April 14, 2007 I was happy to finally get a photo of Wild Oats, now I have all 3 of the Uvularias! The flowers are very similar, but the leaves of this plant are different, they are sessile instead of perfoliate. 1671
9 <strong>Yellow Mandarin</strong>
<em>Disporum lanuginosum</em> /Lily Family<br>
The flowers of the Yellow Mandarin hang down beneath the leaves, so they are easy to overlook. Look for these at Frozen Head in mid-April. 
Perennial 
<u>Where seen:</u...

Yellow Mandarin Disporum lanuginosum /Lily Family
The flowers of the Yellow Mandarin hang down beneath the leaves, so they are easy to overlook. Look for these at Frozen Head in mid-April. Perennial Where seen:

Yellow Mandarin Disporum lanuginosum /Lily Family
The flowers of the Yellow Mandarin hang down beneath the leaves, so they are easy to overlook. Look for these at Frozen Head in mid-April. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Piney River Trail, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Haw Ridge
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10 <strong>Beaked Trout Lily</strong>
<em>Erythronium rostratum</em> /Lily Family<br>
These lovely lilies have a nice aroma. The Bluff Trail below Norris Dam at Norris Dam State Park in Norris has a fantastic display of Trout Lily flowers in late March ...

Beaked Trout Lily Erythronium rostratum /Lily Family
These lovely lilies have a nice aroma. The Bluff Trail below Norris Dam at Norris Dam State Park in Norris has a fantastic display of Trout Lily flowers in late March ...

Beaked Trout Lily Erythronium rostratum /Lily Family
These lovely lilies have a nice aroma. The Bluff Trail below Norris Dam at Norris Dam State Park in Norris has a fantastic display of Trout Lily flowers in late March or early April. Beaked Trout Lily flowers have yellow anthers, as opposed to the maroon anthers of the Yellow Trout Lily. These plants are usually found in large masses. Perennial Where seen:Norris Dam SP
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11 <strong>Yellow Trout Lily</strong>
<em>Erythronium americanum</em> /Lily Family
March 28, 2005<br>
The anthers of the Yellow Trout Lily are maroon. Sometimes whole hillsides are covered with these beautiful flowers.
Perennial
<u>Where seen:</u>Fro...

Yellow Trout Lily Erythronium americanum /Lily Family March 28, 2005
The anthers of the Yellow Trout Lily are maroon. Sometimes whole hillsides are covered with these beautiful flowers. Perennial Where seen:Fro...

Yellow Trout Lily Erythronium americanum /Lily Family March 28, 2005
The anthers of the Yellow Trout Lily are maroon. Sometimes whole hillsides are covered with these beautiful flowers. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, Ijams Nature Center
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12 <strong>Indian Cucumber Root</strong>
<em>Medeola virginiana</em> /Lily Family
April 24, 2005<br>
This is one of the most unusual plants in the woods. The leaves are positioned in 2 whorls, a larger, lower one has 6 leaves and a smaller one at the t...

Indian Cucumber Root Medeola virginiana /Lily Family April 24, 2005
This is one of the most unusual plants in the woods. The leaves are positioned in 2 whorls, a larger, lower one has 6 leaves and a smaller one at the t...

Indian Cucumber Root Medeola virginiana /Lily Family April 24, 2005
This is one of the most unusual plants in the woods. The leaves are positioned in 2 whorls, a larger, lower one has 6 leaves and a smaller one at the top has 3 leaves. The flowers often hang below the top whorl. The flower has 3 very long reddish-brown pistils and 6 stamens. The plant gets its name from the edible, cucumber-flavored root that was eaten by Native Americans. In the fall the plant will have dark blue berries and the top whorl of leaves turns a brilliant red. I found these blooming at Piney River State Natural Area in Rhea County. Perennial Where seen:Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River Trail, Frozen Head SP, Ijams Nature Center
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13 Indian Cucumber Root close-up

Indian Cucumber Root close-up

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14 <strong>Bluebead Lily; Yellow Clintonia</strong>
<em>Clintonia borealis</em> / Lily Family
Height: 6" - 15"
May 29, 2006<br>
This plant had eluded me for years, it took an 8-mile hike to Charlie's Bunion on the Appalchian Trail in the Smokies for m...

Bluebead Lily; Yellow Clintonia Clintonia borealis / Lily Family Height: 6" - 15" May 29, 2006
This plant had eluded me for years, it took an 8-mile hike to Charlie's Bunion on the Appalchian Trail in the Smokies for m...

Bluebead Lily; Yellow Clintonia Clintonia borealis / Lily Family Height: 6" - 15" May 29, 2006
This plant had eluded me for years, it took an 8-mile hike to Charlie's Bunion on the Appalchian Trail in the Smokies for me to finally see it in bloom. But see it I did! There were huge patches of it along the trail. Later in the year there will be blue berries where the flowers are, thus the common name "Bluebead Lily." Perennial Where found: Great Smoky Mountains NP
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15 This large group of Yellow Bead Lily plants was blooming along the Appalachian Trail near Charlie's Bunion.

This large group of Yellow Bead Lily plants was blooming along the Appalachian Trail near Charlie's Bunion.

This large group of Yellow Bead Lily plants was blooming along the Appalachian Trail near Charlie's Bunion. 1314
16 <strong>Lemon Trillium; Yellow Trillium</strong>
<em>Trillium luteum</em> /Lily Family
April 3, 2005<br>
Unlike its foul-smelling, maroon-colored relatives, this lovely yellow trillium smells like lemon. The flowers are non-stemmed, or "sessile." Th...

Lemon Trillium; Yellow Trillium Trillium luteum /Lily Family April 3, 2005
Unlike its foul-smelling, maroon-colored relatives, this lovely yellow trillium smells like lemon. The flowers are non-stemmed, or "sessile." Th...

Lemon Trillium; Yellow Trillium Trillium luteum /Lily Family April 3, 2005
Unlike its foul-smelling, maroon-colored relatives, this lovely yellow trillium smells like lemon. The flowers are non-stemmed, or "sessile." These are very numerous at Norris Dam State Park along the Bluff Trail in April. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Frozen Head SP, Norris Dam SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Haw Ridge, Ijams Nature Center
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17 <strong>A "Quadrillium?!"</strong><br>
This picture was taken at Frozen Head State Park the first week of April 2003, notice the snow and the 4-leaved trillium! Should it be called a "Quadrillium?" The flower has the normal 3 parts.

A "Quadrillium?!"
This picture was taken at Frozen Head State Park the first week of April 2003, notice the snow and the 4-leaved trillium! Should it be called a "Quadrillium?" The flower has the normal 3 parts.

A "Quadrillium?!"
This picture was taken at Frozen Head State Park the first week of April 2003, notice the snow and the 4-leaved trillium! Should it be called a "Quadrillium?" The flower has the normal 3 parts.
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18 <strong>Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid</strong> 
<em>Cypripedium pubescens</em> /Orchid
May 7, 2005<br>
This is a very beautiful woodland orchid. There are two other yellow Lady's Slipper Orchids in Tennessee, the Small Yellow and the Southern v...

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid Cypripedium pubescens /Orchid May 7, 2005
This is a very beautiful woodland orchid. There are two other yellow Lady's Slipper Orchids in Tennessee, the Small Yellow and the Southern v...

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid Cypripedium pubescens /Orchid May 7, 2005
This is a very beautiful woodland orchid. There are two other yellow Lady's Slipper Orchids in Tennessee, the Small Yellow and the Southern varieties. The twisted sepals on this flower help distinguish it from the others. These plants were about 18" tall. I found them in the Smokies. I was so excited when I saw them, I squealed with delight. I startled a poor unsuspecting photographer who was focusing on these flowers behind a large boulder! ***Update*** While attending a photography workshop in April 2006, I was stunned to learn that some moron had dug up these beautiful plants! It made me sick to learn I'd never be able to enjoy those spectacular flowers again. Some people can be so dumb and selfish! Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum (story)
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19 <strong>Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid; close-up</strong> 
<em>Cypripedium pubescens</em><br>
I found this beauty in the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid; close-up Cypripedium pubescens
I found this beauty in the Smoky Mountains National Park.

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid; close-up Cypripedium pubescens
I found this beauty in the Smoky Mountains National Park.
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20 <strong>Puttyroot leaf</strong>
<em>Aplectrum hyemale</em> /Orchid Family<br>
The leaf of this plant is very strongly veined. Like its relative, the Cranefly Orchid, the leaf appears in the spring, it dies back to be followed by the flowers later. It...

Puttyroot leaf Aplectrum hyemale /Orchid Family
The leaf of this plant is very strongly veined. Like its relative, the Cranefly Orchid, the leaf appears in the spring, it dies back to be followed by the flowers later. It...

Puttyroot leaf Aplectrum hyemale /Orchid Family
The leaf of this plant is very strongly veined. Like its relative, the Cranefly Orchid, the leaf appears in the spring, it dies back to be followed by the flowers later. It blooms in May. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways
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21 <strong>Puttyroot</strong> flowers
<em>Aplectrum hyemale</em> / Orchid Family
May 13, 2007

I was hoping to get an orchid for Mother's Day and I finally found this one! Unfortunately, the 2 plants that I had driven 75 miles to photograph (that had ...

Puttyroot flowers Aplectrum hyemale / Orchid Family May 13, 2007 I was hoping to get an orchid for Mother's Day and I finally found this one! Unfortunately, the 2 plants that I had driven 75 miles to photograph (that had ...

Puttyroot flowers Aplectrum hyemale / Orchid Family May 13, 2007 I was hoping to get an orchid for Mother's Day and I finally found this one! Unfortunately, the 2 plants that I had driven 75 miles to photograph (that had been in bud 2 weeks earlier) had been dug by plant poachers! I was furious! It is a shame that some people are so selfish. Removing plants from the Smokies is also against the law. Fortunately, I found this one growing in another location (in the middle of a bed of poison ivy!). This is a pretty poor representation of the flowers, but it was all I could find! I hope the plant is able to make seeds and start some new orchids. Unfortunately, it takes up to 7 years for an orchid to grow big enough to bloom, so I may have to wait for a while! :( Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains N P 1753
22 <strong>Squawroot</strong>
<em>Conopholis americana</em> /Broomrape Family
April 3, 2005<br>
This leafless plant is a parasite on the roots of trees, often on oaks. I call it "Bears' Ex-Lax" because it is eaten by bears in the spring as a type of "l...

Squawroot Conopholis americana /Broomrape Family April 3, 2005
This leafless plant is a parasite on the roots of trees, often on oaks. I call it "Bears' Ex-Lax" because it is eaten by bears in the spring as a type of "l...

Squawroot Conopholis americana /Broomrape Family April 3, 2005
This leafless plant is a parasite on the roots of trees, often on oaks. I call it "Bears' Ex-Lax" because it is eaten by bears in the spring as a type of "laxative" to clean them out after spending the winter sleeping. There is a huge area of these strange flowers at Norris Dam State Park, however, there are no bears there to eat them! Perennial Where seen:University of Tennessee Arboretum, Haw Ridge Greenway, Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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23 <strong>Squawroot</strong> Close-up
Note the stamens protruding from the flowers.

Squawroot Close-up Note the stamens protruding from the flowers.

Squawroot Close-up Note the stamens protruding from the flowers. 1229
24 <strong>Dutchman's Pipe</strong>
<em>Aristolochia macrophylla</em> /Birthwort Family<br>
These flowers are difficult to find and photograph because they usually bloom high in the trees, they are under large leaves, and they are a greenish-yellow colo...

Dutchman's Pipe Aristolochia macrophylla /Birthwort Family
These flowers are difficult to find and photograph because they usually bloom high in the trees, they are under large leaves, and they are a greenish-yellow colo...

Dutchman's Pipe Aristolochia macrophylla /Birthwort Family
These flowers are difficult to find and photograph because they usually bloom high in the trees, they are under large leaves, and they are a greenish-yellow color. I got lucky to find this one growing on a rock along the Piney River Trail. Note the ant on the flower. These flowers give off an odor that attracts little flies which are temporarily trapped inside the flower. After pollen is released on the insects the flower opens again and the flies go on to another flower to pollinate it. Watch for the spiky black and red Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars on the leaves, their food source. The family name Birthwort alludes to the fact that the flower looks like a fetus (if you really use your imagination!). People once believed that plants that look like a body part could be used to treat diseases or problems with that body part, this practice was called the "Doctorine of Signatures". This plant was used to aid in childbirth (don't try this at home!). Perennial - Vine Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Norris Dam SP, Frozen Head SP, Piney River Trail, Warriors' Path SP
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25 <strong>Yellow Stargrass</strong>
<em>Hypoxis hirsuta</em> /Amaryllis Family<br>
This plant is a member of the Amaryllis family, it is not a "grass." These were blooming at the Haw Ridge Greenway in Oak Ridge in early May. I always enjoy finding thes...

Yellow Stargrass Hypoxis hirsuta /Amaryllis Family
This plant is a member of the Amaryllis family, it is not a "grass." These were blooming at the Haw Ridge Greenway in Oak Ridge in early May. I always enjoy finding thes...

Yellow Stargrass Hypoxis hirsuta /Amaryllis Family
This plant is a member of the Amaryllis family, it is not a "grass." These were blooming at the Haw Ridge Greenway in Oak Ridge in early May. I always enjoy finding these pretty little yellow flowers along the trails. Perennial Where seen:Haw Ridge Greenway Trail, Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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26 <strong>Barren Strawberry</strong>
<em>Waldsteinia fragarioides</em> /Rose Family
April 10, 2005<br>
Unlike Indian Strawberry, these flowers bloom in the woods. I found these at Piney River State Natural Area in April. 
Perennial
<u>Where seen:</u...

Barren Strawberry Waldsteinia fragarioides /Rose Family April 10, 2005
Unlike Indian Strawberry, these flowers bloom in the woods. I found these at Piney River State Natural Area in April. Perennial Where seen:

Barren Strawberry Waldsteinia fragarioides /Rose Family April 10, 2005
Unlike Indian Strawberry, these flowers bloom in the woods. I found these at Piney River State Natural Area in April. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Piney River Trail, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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27 <strong>Spring Avens</strong>
<em>Geum vernum</em> /Rose Family<br>
Most of the Avens have much larger flowers than this one. These flowers are about 1/3 inch and have tiny petals. I found this one on the Wildflower Greenway trail in late April.
Per...

Spring Avens Geum vernum /Rose Family
Most of the Avens have much larger flowers than this one. These flowers are about 1/3 inch and have tiny petals. I found this one on the Wildflower Greenway trail in late April. Per...

Spring Avens Geum vernum /Rose Family
Most of the Avens have much larger flowers than this one. These flowers are about 1/3 inch and have tiny petals. I found this one on the Wildflower Greenway trail in late April. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge Wildflower Greenway, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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28 <strong>Dwarf Cinquefoil</strong>
<em>Potentilla canadensis</em> /Rose Family<br>
At first glance, this plant looks a bit like a strawberry plant, however, it has 5 leaflets instead of 3. These can be found in the Smokies in May.
Perennial
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Dwarf Cinquefoil Potentilla canadensis /Rose Family
At first glance, this plant looks a bit like a strawberry plant, however, it has 5 leaflets instead of 3. These can be found in the Smokies in May. Perennial Where...

Dwarf Cinquefoil Potentilla canadensis /Rose Family
At first glance, this plant looks a bit like a strawberry plant, however, it has 5 leaflets instead of 3. These can be found in the Smokies in May. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Warriors' Path SP, Haw Ridge
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29 <strong>Halberd-leaf Violet</strong>
<em>Viola hastata</em> /Violet Family<br>
Halberd-leaf Violet has silvery patches on the leaves. It is easy to identify even without the pretty yellow flowers. This is a "stemmed" violet, the flower stem arises fr...

Halberd-leaf Violet Viola hastata /Violet Family
Halberd-leaf Violet has silvery patches on the leaves. It is easy to identify even without the pretty yellow flowers. This is a "stemmed" violet, the flower stem arises fr...

Halberd-leaf Violet Viola hastata /Violet Family
Halberd-leaf Violet has silvery patches on the leaves. It is easy to identify even without the pretty yellow flowers. This is a "stemmed" violet, the flower stem arises from the plant stem instead of the from the roots like the "stemless" violets. The nectar guides are easy to see on this flower. Frozen Head State Park has large numbers of these flowers. Perennial Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Big South Fork NRRA, Frozen Head SP, Piney River Trail, Ijams Nature Center
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30 <strong>Downy Yellow Violet; Yellow Woodland Violet</strong>
<em>Viola pubescens</em> /Violet Family
April 14, 2005<br>
Another "stemmed" yellow violet. It has small white hairs on the stems, thus the species name "pubescens." These can also be foun...

Downy Yellow Violet; Yellow Woodland Violet Viola pubescens /Violet Family April 14, 2005
Another "stemmed" yellow violet. It has small white hairs on the stems, thus the species name "pubescens." These can also be foun...

Downy Yellow Violet; Yellow Woodland Violet Viola pubescens /Violet Family April 14, 2005
Another "stemmed" yellow violet. It has small white hairs on the stems, thus the species name "pubescens." These can also be found at Frozen Head State Park. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Frozen Head SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Ijams Nature Center {Formerly known as: Viola pensylvanica, Viola eriocarpa}
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31 <strong>Smooth Yellow Violet </strong>
<em>Viola pubescens</em> /Violet Family
April 6, 2005<br>
This pretty yellow stemmed violet is smooth, rather than hairy like the previous flower. I found these violets blooming along the Wildflower Trail and t...

Smooth Yellow Violet Viola pubescens /Violet Family April 6, 2005
This pretty yellow stemmed violet is smooth, rather than hairy like the previous flower. I found these violets blooming along the Wildflower Trail and t...

Smooth Yellow Violet Viola pubescens /Violet Family April 6, 2005
This pretty yellow stemmed violet is smooth, rather than hairy like the previous flower. I found these violets blooming along the Wildflower Trail and the Northridge Greenway trail in April. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways Formerly known as: Viola pensylvanica; V. eriocarpa
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32 <strong>Round-Leaf Yellow; Early Yellow  Violet</strong>
<em>Viola rotundifolia</em> /Violet Family
April 15, 2005<br>
This is a very early blooming (March) stemless yellow violet I found growing at Frozen Head State Park. This park has 11 species o...

Round-Leaf Yellow; Early Yellow Violet Viola rotundifolia /Violet Family April 15, 2005
This is a very early blooming (March) stemless yellow violet I found growing at Frozen Head State Park. This park has 11 species o...

Round-Leaf Yellow; Early Yellow Violet Viola rotundifolia /Violet Family April 15, 2005
This is a very early blooming (March) stemless yellow violet I found growing at Frozen Head State Park. This park has 11 species of violets. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Haw Ridge Greenway, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors'Path SP
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33 <strong>Yellow Buckeye</strong>
<em>Aesculus octandra</em>
April 10, 2005<br>
Buckeyes are one of the few trees that have palmately compound leaves. These were growing on a Greenway trail in Oak Ridge.
Perennial - Tree
<u>Where seen:</u>Oak Ridge ...

Yellow Buckeye Aesculus octandra April 10, 2005
Buckeyes are one of the few trees that have palmately compound leaves. These were growing on a Greenway trail in Oak Ridge. Perennial - Tree Where seen:Oak Ridge ...

Yellow Buckeye Aesculus octandra April 10, 2005
Buckeyes are one of the few trees that have palmately compound leaves. These were growing on a Greenway trail in Oak Ridge. Perennial - Tree Where seen:Oak Ridge Greenways, Piney River SNA, Warriors' Path SP
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34 <strong>Early Meadow Rue - Female Flowers</strong>
<em>Thalictrum dioicum</em> /Buttercup Family
April 3, 2005<br>
Meadow Rue is a "dioecious" (single sex) plant, the female plant has pistillate  flowers; its male counterpart has only staminate flow...

Early Meadow Rue - Female Flowers Thalictrum dioicum /Buttercup Family April 3, 2005
Meadow Rue is a "dioecious" (single sex) plant, the female plant has pistillate flowers; its male counterpart has only staminate flow...

Early Meadow Rue - Female Flowers Thalictrum dioicum /Buttercup Family April 3, 2005
Meadow Rue is a "dioecious" (single sex) plant, the female plant has pistillate flowers; its male counterpart has only staminate flowers. Pollen is spread by the wind. The male flower is more showy with its long yellow stamens. I found this one growing on the Haw Ridge Greenway trail in Oak Ridge in April. Perennial Where seen:Haw Ridge Greenway, Frozen Head SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP
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35 <strong>Early Meadow Rue -male flowers</strong>
April 8, 2005<br>
The staminate flowers are "pollen-makers." Early Meadow Rue is a dioecious plant, meaning it has separate male plants and female plants. This was also found growing at the Haw Ridge Gr...

Early Meadow Rue -male flowers April 8, 2005
The staminate flowers are "pollen-makers." Early Meadow Rue is a dioecious plant, meaning it has separate male plants and female plants. This was also found growing at the Haw Ridge Gr...

Early Meadow Rue -male flowers April 8, 2005
The staminate flowers are "pollen-makers." Early Meadow Rue is a dioecious plant, meaning it has separate male plants and female plants. This was also found growing at the Haw Ridge Greenway in Oak Ridge.
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36 <strong>Blue Cohosh</strong>
<em>Caulophyllum thalictroides</em> /Buttercup Family<br>
The unusual blue fruits of this wildflower look like small blue lightbulbs in the fall. It is in the Buttercup family. It is very common on the Panther Branch trai...

Blue Cohosh Caulophyllum thalictroides /Buttercup Family
The unusual blue fruits of this wildflower look like small blue lightbulbs in the fall. It is in the Buttercup family. It is very common on the Panther Branch trai...

Blue Cohosh Caulophyllum thalictroides /Buttercup Family
The unusual blue fruits of this wildflower look like small blue lightbulbs in the fall. It is in the Buttercup family. It is very common on the Panther Branch trail in Frozen Head State Park. It blooms in April. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Haw Ridge Greenway, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, Ijams Nature Center, Piney River SNA
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37 <strong>Early Yellow Buttercup 
</strong>
<em>Ranunculus fascicularis</em> /Buttercup Family
May 1, 2005<br>
This woodland Buttercup has 3-parted basal leaves and thin leaves on the stem. 
Perennial
<u>Where seen:</u> Cumberland Mountain State Park

Early Yellow Buttercup Ranunculus fascicularis /Buttercup Family May 1, 2005
This woodland Buttercup has 3-parted basal leaves and thin leaves on the stem. Perennial Where seen: Cumberland Mountain State Park

Early Yellow Buttercup Ranunculus fascicularis /Buttercup Family May 1, 2005
This woodland Buttercup has 3-parted basal leaves and thin leaves on the stem. Perennial Where seen: Cumberland Mountain State Park
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38 <strong>Fig Buttercup; Lesser Celandine</strong>
<em>Ficaria verna</em> /Buttercup Family
<span style="color: red;">INN</span>

These pretty flowers can grow in the woods in damp areas or along the roadsides in marshes. These were growing in Founta...

Fig Buttercup; Lesser Celandine Ficaria verna /Buttercup Family INN These pretty flowers can grow in the woods in damp areas or along the roadsides in marshes. These were growing in Founta...

Fig Buttercup; Lesser Celandine Ficaria verna /Buttercup Family INN These pretty flowers can grow in the woods in damp areas or along the roadsides in marshes. These were growing in Fountain City, TN in early April. Perennial Where seen:Knoxville, Ijams Nature Center 3168
39 <strong>Fig Buttercup; Lesser Celandine</strong>
<em>Ficaria verna</em> /Buttercup Family
This was one of those, "Oh my gosh, I've got to stop the car and get a picture!" moments when I spied these beautiful yellow flowers growing in Fountain City (p...

Fig Buttercup; Lesser Celandine Ficaria verna /Buttercup Family This was one of those, "Oh my gosh, I've got to stop the car and get a picture!" moments when I spied these beautiful yellow flowers growing in Fountain City (p...

Fig Buttercup; Lesser Celandine Ficaria verna /Buttercup Family This was one of those, "Oh my gosh, I've got to stop the car and get a picture!" moments when I spied these beautiful yellow flowers growing in Fountain City (part of Knoxville). This particular neighborhood was covered in these pretty yellow flowers. I need a bumper sticker that says, "Caution - I Brake For Wildflowers!" to warn those behind me! :) 1743
40 <strong>Hairy Meadow Parsnip</strong>
<em>Thaspium barbinode</em> / Parsley Family
April 24, 2005<br>
Look for this plant on the Cumberland Plateau. It looks much like the Smooth Meadow Parsnip (next picture), however the leaves are softer and more ...

Hairy Meadow Parsnip Thaspium barbinode / Parsley Family April 24, 2005
Look for this plant on the Cumberland Plateau. It looks much like the Smooth Meadow Parsnip (next picture), however the leaves are softer and more ...

Hairy Meadow Parsnip Thaspium barbinode / Parsley Family April 24, 2005
Look for this plant on the Cumberland Plateau. It looks much like the Smooth Meadow Parsnip (next picture), however the leaves are softer and more deeply notched. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Piney River Trail, Haw Ridge Greenway, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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41 <strong>Smooth Meadow Parsnip</strong>
<em>Thaspium trifoliatum</em> /Parsley Family<br>
The flowers of this plant is are much like the Hairy Meadow Parsnip, but the leaves are different. The leaves are smooth, shiny, and not as toothed. As the speci...

Smooth Meadow Parsnip Thaspium trifoliatum /Parsley Family
The flowers of this plant is are much like the Hairy Meadow Parsnip, but the leaves are different. The leaves are smooth, shiny, and not as toothed. As the speci...

Smooth Meadow Parsnip Thaspium trifoliatum /Parsley Family
The flowers of this plant is are much like the Hairy Meadow Parsnip, but the leaves are different. The leaves are smooth, shiny, and not as toothed. As the species name "trifoliatum" indicates, the upperleaves are composed of three leaflets. The Meadow Parsnips are in the Parsley or Carrot Family. I found these blooming at Frozen Head in early May. Perennial Where seen:Frozen Head SP, Ijams Nature Center
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42 <strong>Common Spicebush</strong>
<em>Lindera benzoin</em><br>
This shrub blooms very early in the season. I took this picture in late March at Norris Dam State Park. It is the food plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar.
Perennia...

Common Spicebush Lindera benzoin
This shrub blooms very early in the season. I took this picture in late March at Norris Dam State Park. It is the food plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar. Perennia...

Common Spicebush Lindera benzoin
This shrub blooms very early in the season. I took this picture in late March at Norris Dam State Park. It is the food plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar. Perennial - Shrub Where seen:University of Tennessee Arboretum, Norris Dam SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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43 Spicebush close-up

Spicebush close-up

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44 <strong>Celandine Poppy</strong>
<em>Stylophorum diphyllum</em> /Poppy Family
April 7, 2005<br>
This is a very pretty woodland wildflower. These can be found on the Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park in mid-April.
Perennial
<u>Where seen:</u>Nor...

Celandine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum /Poppy Family April 7, 2005
This is a very pretty woodland wildflower. These can be found on the Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park in mid-April. Perennial Where seen:Nor...

Celandine Poppy Stylophorum diphyllum /Poppy Family April 7, 2005
This is a very pretty woodland wildflower. These can be found on the Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park in mid-April. Perennial Where seen:Norris Dam SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Oak Ridge Greenways
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45 <strong>Yellow Corydalis</strong>
<em>Corydalis flavula</em> /Poppy Family<br>
I have found it blooming at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport. This one was in a wildflower garden in Knoxville. The genus name is pronounced "cor-ID-alis."
Annual
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Yellow Corydalis Corydalis flavula /Poppy Family
I have found it blooming at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport. This one was in a wildflower garden in Knoxville. The genus name is pronounced "cor-ID-alis." Annual <...

Yellow Corydalis Corydalis flavula /Poppy Family
I have found it blooming at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport. This one was in a wildflower garden in Knoxville. The genus name is pronounced "cor-ID-alis." Annual Where seen:Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors Path SP, Ijams Nature Center
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46 <strong>Flame Azalea</strong>
<em>Rhododendron calendulaceum</em> /Heath Family<br>
Gregory's Bald, in the Smokies, is "aflame" (pun intended!) with these beautiful flowers in June. It is worth the 11-mile round-trip hike to see them! Flame azaleas c...

Flame Azalea Rhododendron calendulaceum /Heath Family
Gregory's Bald, in the Smokies, is "aflame" (pun intended!) with these beautiful flowers in June. It is worth the 11-mile round-trip hike to see them! Flame azaleas c...

Flame Azalea Rhododendron calendulaceum /Heath Family
Gregory's Bald, in the Smokies, is "aflame" (pun intended!) with these beautiful flowers in June. It is worth the 11-mile round-trip hike to see them! Flame azaleas can also be pink, white, red, and even mixed colors; some are quite fragrant. All plants in the Rhododendron species are poisonous, the toxin found in them is andromedotoxin, it is poisonous to all domesticated animals. All parts of azaleas are deadly poisonous to people. Perennial - Shrub Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Lone Mountain State Forest, Frozen Head SP, Cumberland Trail
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47 <strong>Cross Vine</strong>
<em>Bignonia capreolata</em> /Trumpet Creeper Family
April 24, 2005<br>
These pretty yellow and red tube-shaped flowers are related to the orange Trumpet Creeper vine. Red and orange tube-shaped flowers are often pollinat...

Cross Vine Bignonia capreolata /Trumpet Creeper Family April 24, 2005
These pretty yellow and red tube-shaped flowers are related to the orange Trumpet Creeper vine. Red and orange tube-shaped flowers are often pollinat...

Cross Vine Bignonia capreolata /Trumpet Creeper Family April 24, 2005
These pretty yellow and red tube-shaped flowers are related to the orange Trumpet Creeper vine. Red and orange tube-shaped flowers are often pollinated by hummingbirds. This picture was taken at the Townsend entrance of the Smoky Mountains. Perennial - Vine Where seen:Haw Ridge Greenway, Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Cumberland Trail
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48 <strong>Oregon Grape</strong>
<em>Mahonia aquilifolium* </em> /Barberry Family<br>
This is not a common wildflower, it is usually found as a garden escape. Mine came from a friend's yard 24 years ago. The "grape" in the name comes from the small juic...

Oregon Grape Mahonia aquilifolium* /Barberry Family
This is not a common wildflower, it is usually found as a garden escape. Mine came from a friend's yard 24 years ago. The "grape" in the name comes from the small juic...

Oregon Grape Mahonia aquilifolium* /Barberry Family
This is not a common wildflower, it is usually found as a garden escape. Mine came from a friend's yard 24 years ago. The "grape" in the name comes from the small juicy fruits that appear in the fall. The pretty yellow clusters of flowers can bloom as early as mid-January. On a warm winter day honeybees may be seen foraging for nectar. The stiff leaflets are sharp and spiky like holly. I have been jabbed more than once when cleaning up dead leaves below the plant! Ouch! Perennial - Shrub Where seen: Oak Ridge, Knoxville
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49 <strong>Alder flowers</strong>
<em>Alnus serrulata</em>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span><br>
Alder shrubs are common along stream sides and lake banks. These are among the earliest blooming flowers that you may encounter in the spring. I fo...

Alder flowers Alnus serrulata Aquatic
Alder shrubs are common along stream sides and lake banks. These are among the earliest blooming flowers that you may encounter in the spring. I fo...

Alder flowers Alnus serrulata Aquatic
Alder shrubs are common along stream sides and lake banks. These are among the earliest blooming flowers that you may encounter in the spring. I found these blooming in mid-February! The flowers are monoecious. Note the reddish pistillate (female) flowers on the tips of the twigs. The long staminate (male) flowers are loaded with pollen. When I held the branch to take the photo, the flowers nearly exploded with pollen! In the floral world males are expendable, these flowers will fall off in a couple of weeks. I took this picture at Ijams Nature Center in south Knoxville. Where seen: Ijams Nature Center, Oak Ridge Greenways
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50 <strong>Yellow Horse Gentian</strong> plant
<em>Triosteum angustifolium</em> / Honeysuckle
Oak Ridge, TN Haw Ridge
April 22, 2009

I was excited to find this new plant(to me) along the trail at Haw Ridge on Earth Day. As I was laying on the ground...

Yellow Horse Gentian plant Triosteum angustifolium / Honeysuckle Oak Ridge, TN Haw Ridge April 22, 2009 I was excited to find this new plant(to me) along the trail at Haw Ridge on Earth Day. As I was laying on the ground...

Yellow Horse Gentian plant Triosteum angustifolium / Honeysuckle Oak Ridge, TN Haw Ridge April 22, 2009 I was excited to find this new plant(to me) along the trail at Haw Ridge on Earth Day. As I was laying on the ground focusing on the flowers, oblivious to everything around me, a woman and her huge dog came up the trail. When the dog saw me, he barked and I just about jumped out of my skin! The following photo shows a close-up of the flower. 1758
51 <strong>Yellow Horse Gentian</strong>

Yellow Horse Gentian

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