Summer Flowers - Roadsides - Pink, Red, Maroon, Brown

These flowers bloom between June and August.
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1 <strong>Burdock</strong>
<em>Arctium minus*</em> /Aster Family
Height: 3'to 5'
August 5, 2005<br>
This plant could easily be confused with a thistle or Cocklebur. Cocklebur is monoecious, having staminate (male) flowers on one area of the plant and...

Burdock Arctium minus* /Aster Family Height: 3'to 5' August 5, 2005
This plant could easily be confused with a thistle or Cocklebur. Cocklebur is monoecious, having staminate (male) flowers on one area of the plant and...

Burdock Arctium minus* /Aster Family Height: 3'to 5' August 5, 2005
This plant could easily be confused with a thistle or Cocklebur. Cocklebur is monoecious, having staminate (male) flowers on one area of the plant and the pistillate (female) flowers on another area. Burdock and Cockleburs often grow along roadsides and near farm lots where the hooked seeds can cause problems for pets and livestock. I was surprised to find this plant growing on top of Frozen Head Mountain. It may have hitched a ride on a dog's coat. Where seen: Frozen Head SP, Max Patch area of NC, widespread Where seen:
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2 <strong>Spotted Knapweed</strong>
<em>Centaurea maculosa*</em> /Aster Family<br>
This is a common weedy roadside plant. I found these flowers blooming in Oak Ridge in mid-June.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ridge, widespread

Spotted Knapweed Centaurea maculosa* /Aster Family
This is a common weedy roadside plant. I found these flowers blooming in Oak Ridge in mid-June. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, widespread

Spotted Knapweed Centaurea maculosa* /Aster Family
This is a common weedy roadside plant. I found these flowers blooming in Oak Ridge in mid-June. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, widespread
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3 <strong>Canada Thistle</strong>
<em>Cirsium arvense*</em> /Aster Family
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 2</span><br>
Honeybees and bumblebees get a lot of bang for their buck on thistles. Being a composite flower, there are hundreds of tiny flo...

Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense* /Aster Family (INN) Rank 2
Honeybees and bumblebees get a lot of bang for their buck on thistles. Being a composite flower, there are hundreds of tiny flo...

Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense* /Aster Family (INN) Rank 2
Honeybees and bumblebees get a lot of bang for their buck on thistles. Being a composite flower, there are hundreds of tiny florets per plant, each one containing a nectar reward. According to my Wildflowers of Tennessee book, Canada Thistles are rare in Tennessee and only found in Knox and Johnson counties in east TN and Davidson county in middle TN. Now Anderson county can be added to the list! I found these blooming in Oak Ridge on South Illinois Ave. in early June. It was with this flower that I met my numerical goal for this website, it was plant #500! Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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4 <strong>Field Thistle</strong>
<em>Cirsium discolor</em> /Aster Family<br> 
This is a common thistle that blooms in the fields along the roadsides. The butterfly is a Red-spotted Purple. Butterflies like the composite flowers, they can get a lot of n...

Field Thistle Cirsium discolor /Aster Family
This is a common thistle that blooms in the fields along the roadsides. The butterfly is a Red-spotted Purple. Butterflies like the composite flowers, they can get a lot of n...

Field Thistle Cirsium discolor /Aster Family
This is a common thistle that blooms in the fields along the roadsides. The butterfly is a Red-spotted Purple. Butterflies like the composite flowers, they can get a lot of nectar in a small area! Biennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread
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5 <strong>Tall Thistle</strong>
<em>Cirsium altissimum</em> /Aster Family<br> 
The leaves of this plant are not as thick, stiff, and wicked as they are on some of the other thistles. This flower (or flowers, since it is a Composite) is "softer" than ma...

Tall Thistle Cirsium altissimum /Aster Family
The leaves of this plant are not as thick, stiff, and wicked as they are on some of the other thistles. This flower (or flowers, since it is a Composite) is "softer" than ma...

Tall Thistle Cirsium altissimum /Aster Family
The leaves of this plant are not as thick, stiff, and wicked as they are on some of the other thistles. This flower (or flowers, since it is a Composite) is "softer" than many of its' other relatives. I found this one blooming in late August. A close-up follows. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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6 <strong>Tall Thistle</strong>close-up
<em>Cirsium altissimum</em> /Aster Family<br>
I liked the close-up view of this plant! Note the pollen on some of these flowers. A small black beetle can be seen on the upper flowers. Beetles are "intellectually ...

Tall Thistleclose-up Cirsium altissimum /Aster Family
I liked the close-up view of this plant! Note the pollen on some of these flowers. A small black beetle can be seen on the upper flowers. Beetles are "intellectually ...

Tall Thistleclose-up Cirsium altissimum /Aster Family
I liked the close-up view of this plant! Note the pollen on some of these flowers. A small black beetle can be seen on the upper flowers. Beetles are "intellectually challenged", so they are attracted to easy-to-eat-at flowers!
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7 <strong>Bull Thistle</strong> with an ambush bug
<em>Cirsium vulgare*</em> /Aster Family<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 2</span><br>
These flowers are pretty, but enjoy them from a distance! It is not hard to see why Scotland has this flower as ...

Bull Thistle with an ambush bug Cirsium vulgare* /Aster Family(INN) Rank 2
These flowers are pretty, but enjoy them from a distance! It is not hard to see why Scotland has this flower as ...

Bull Thistle with an ambush bug Cirsium vulgare* /Aster Family(INN) Rank 2
These flowers are pretty, but enjoy them from a distance! It is not hard to see why Scotland has this flower as its National Flower. Legend has it that invaders who tried to sneak up barefooted on a group of sleeping soldiers gave themselves away when one of them stepped on a thistle! I found this one blooming in Oak Ridge in early August. Note the little green Ambush Bug on the spiny part of the flower waiting for a tasty meal! Biennial Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread
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8 <strong>Jefferson Middle School Cedar barren in Oak Ridge</strong> /Aster  Family<br> 
This area was protected from development by concerned teachers and students. The area has many unusual plants. There are two different types of Blazing Stars, one b...

Jefferson Middle School Cedar barren in Oak Ridge /Aster Family
This area was protected from development by concerned teachers and students. The area has many unusual plants. There are two different types of Blazing Stars, one b...

Jefferson Middle School Cedar barren in Oak Ridge /Aster Family
This area was protected from development by concerned teachers and students. The area has many unusual plants. There are two different types of Blazing Stars, one blooms in July, the other in August.
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9 <strong>Scaly Blazing Star</strong>
<em>Liatris squarrosa</em> /Aster Family<br>
Blazing Stars are fascinating Composites. These plants are "upside-down bloomers," they bloom from the top of the stalk down, rather than vice versa. Butterflies and som...

Scaly Blazing Star Liatris squarrosa /Aster Family
Blazing Stars are fascinating Composites. These plants are "upside-down bloomers," they bloom from the top of the stalk down, rather than vice versa. Butterflies and som...

Scaly Blazing Star Liatris squarrosa /Aster Family
Blazing Stars are fascinating Composites. These plants are "upside-down bloomers," they bloom from the top of the stalk down, rather than vice versa. Butterflies and some day-flying moths really like these flowers. I found these flowers blooming in a cedar barrens in Oak Ridge in mid-July. Perennial Where seen: Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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10 <strong>Rough Blazing Star</strong>
<em>Liatris aspera</em> /Aster Family<br>
The Scaly Blazing Star flowers are nearly gone by the time the Rough Blazing Star starts blooming. Don't be fooled by the buds; the rounded bracts look much like unusual fl...

Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera /Aster Family
The Scaly Blazing Star flowers are nearly gone by the time the Rough Blazing Star starts blooming. Don't be fooled by the buds; the rounded bracts look much like unusual fl...

Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera /Aster Family
The Scaly Blazing Star flowers are nearly gone by the time the Rough Blazing Star starts blooming. Don't be fooled by the buds; the rounded bracts look much like unusual flowers before the pink flowers bloom. I watched these plants for many weeks before they finally bloomed in early August! The Cedar Barrens in Oak Ridge is full of these beautiful flowers. Note the pollen on the long anthers of the flowers on the lower right. Remember, these flowers bloom from the top of the plant down. Perennial Where seen: Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens
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11 <strong>Cylindric Blazing Star</strong>
<em>Liatris cylindracea</em> /Aster Family
<span style="color:purple;">Rare - Threatened in TN</span><br>
This plant was photographed at Metcalf Bottoms in the Smokies in September 2003. This is one of my firs...

Cylindric Blazing Star Liatris cylindracea /Aster Family Rare - Threatened in TN
This plant was photographed at Metcalf Bottoms in the Smokies in September 2003. This is one of my firs...

Cylindric Blazing Star Liatris cylindracea /Aster Family Rare - Threatened in TN
This plant was photographed at Metcalf Bottoms in the Smokies in September 2003. This is one of my first pictures with my Sony camera! If I run across this kind of flower again, I'll get a better picture! Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP
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12 <strong>Dense Blazing Star</strong>
<em>Liatris spicata</em> /Aster Family<br>
This plant was photographed at the University Of Tennessee Trial Gardens on the grounds of the College of Agriculture.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>: University of Tenness...

Dense Blazing Star Liatris spicata /Aster Family
This plant was photographed at the University Of Tennessee Trial Gardens on the grounds of the College of Agriculture. Perennial Where seen: University of Tenness...

Dense Blazing Star Liatris spicata /Aster Family
This plant was photographed at the University Of Tennessee Trial Gardens on the grounds of the College of Agriculture. Perennial Where seen: University of Tennessee Trial Gardens, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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13 <strong>Small-headed Blazing Star</strong>
<em>Liatris microcephala</em> /Aster Family<br>
There are many species of Blazing Stars in East Tennessee. They are members of the Aster (Daisy) family. These flowers were blooming in August at Big South For...

Small-headed Blazing Star Liatris microcephala /Aster Family
There are many species of Blazing Stars in East Tennessee. They are members of the Aster (Daisy) family. These flowers were blooming in August at Big South For...

Small-headed Blazing Star Liatris microcephala /Aster Family
There are many species of Blazing Stars in East Tennessee. They are members of the Aster (Daisy) family. These flowers were blooming in August at Big South Fork NRRA. Perennial Where seen: Big South Fork
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14 <strong>Marsh Fleabane</strong>
<em>Pluchea camphorata</em> /Aster Family<br>
I found this plant growing in Oak Ridge in a low damp area on the Haw Ridge Trail. It is in the Aster Family. The leaves have a strong odor, thus the species name "camphora...

Marsh Fleabane Pluchea camphorata /Aster Family
I found this plant growing in Oak Ridge in a low damp area on the Haw Ridge Trail. It is in the Aster Family. The leaves have a strong odor, thus the species name "camphora...

Marsh Fleabane Pluchea camphorata /Aster Family
I found this plant growing in Oak Ridge in a low damp area on the Haw Ridge Trail. It is in the Aster Family. The leaves have a strong odor, thus the species name "camphorata." Annual Where seen: Haw Ridge Greenways, Big Ridge SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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15 <strong>Marsh fleabane</strong> close-up

Marsh fleabane close-up

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16 <strong>Spotted Joe Pye Weed</strong> close-up
<em>Eupatorium maculatum</em> /Aster Family<br>
This is a very tall plant, it can grow up to 7 feet! It is very stately looking in fields and along roadsides. The flowers are composite. This plant was bl...

Spotted Joe Pye Weed close-up Eupatorium maculatum /Aster Family
This is a very tall plant, it can grow up to 7 feet! It is very stately looking in fields and along roadsides. The flowers are composite. This plant was bl...

Spotted Joe Pye Weed close-up Eupatorium maculatum /Aster Family
This is a very tall plant, it can grow up to 7 feet! It is very stately looking in fields and along roadsides. The flowers are composite. This plant was blooming in mid-August in Oak Ridge. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Frozen Head SP, Norris Dam SP, widespread
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17 <strong>Red Clover</strong>
<em>Trifolium pratense*</em> /Pea Family<br>
Note the individual flowers of this plant. Each small floret contains nectar, which makes the clover a favorite of bees. This picture was taken in Oak Ridge in early June. Clove...

Red Clover Trifolium pratense* /Pea Family
Note the individual flowers of this plant. Each small floret contains nectar, which makes the clover a favorite of bees. This picture was taken in Oak Ridge in early June. Clove...

Red Clover Trifolium pratense* /Pea Family
Note the individual flowers of this plant. Each small floret contains nectar, which makes the clover a favorite of bees. This picture was taken in Oak Ridge in early June. Clover is in the Pea Family. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread
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18 <strong>Slender Bush Clover</strong>
<em>Lespedeza virginica</em> /Pea Family<br>
This plant is a favorite food of deer, it is often planted in wildlife areas.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ridge, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smo...

Slender Bush Clover Lespedeza virginica /Pea Family
This plant is a favorite food of deer, it is often planted in wildlife areas. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smo...

Slender Bush Clover Lespedeza virginica /Pea Family
This plant is a favorite food of deer, it is often planted in wildlife areas. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread
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19 <strong>Makino Korean Clover</strong> 
<em>Kummerowia stipulacea*</em> /Pea Family
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 3</span><br>
This is a pink pea-type flower that is very common in yards. The flower has a very long keel that is dark pink at th...

Makino Korean Clover Kummerowia stipulacea* /Pea Family (INN) Rank 3
This is a pink pea-type flower that is very common in yards. The flower has a very long keel that is dark pink at th...

Makino Korean Clover Kummerowia stipulacea* /Pea Family (INN) Rank 3
This is a pink pea-type flower that is very common in yards. The flower has a very long keel that is dark pink at the end. The plant is small and grows close to the ground (I guess because it gets mowed off). The stems are brown and thin. Note the small hairs on the edges of the leaves. Thanks to Sonnia in Texas for her help in identifying this plant! {formerly known as Lespedeza stipulacea} Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread
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20 <strong>Smooth Creeping Bush Clover</strong>
<em>Lespedeza repens</em>/ Pea Family<br>
This small plant grows on the ground. The flowers bloom on a long stem that grows from the leaf axils. I found this plant blooming at Clark Center Park in Oak Ridg...

Smooth Creeping Bush Clover Lespedeza repens/ Pea Family
This small plant grows on the ground. The flowers bloom on a long stem that grows from the leaf axils. I found this plant blooming at Clark Center Park in Oak Ridg...

Smooth Creeping Bush Clover Lespedeza repens/ Pea Family
This small plant grows on the ground. The flowers bloom on a long stem that grows from the leaf axils. I found this plant blooming at Clark Center Park in Oak Ridge in late July. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Big Ridge State Park, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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21 <strong>Trailing Bush Clover</strong> 
<em>Lespedeza procumbens</em> / Pea Family<br>
The stems of this bush clover are softly hairy.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Trailing Bush Clover Lespedeza procumbens / Pea Family
The stems of this bush clover are softly hairy. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP

Trailing Bush Clover Lespedeza procumbens / Pea Family
The stems of this bush clover are softly hairy. Perennial Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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22 <strong>Bicolor Lespedeza</strong>
<em>Lespedeza bicolor</em> / Pea Family<br>
This bush clover is truly a "bush," it has a woody stem. The plant grows to over six feet tall.
Perennial - Shrub
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge Greenways, Jeff...

Bicolor Lespedeza Lespedeza bicolor / Pea Family
This bush clover is truly a "bush," it has a woody stem. The plant grows to over six feet tall. Perennial - Shrub Where seen: Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge Greenways, Jeff...

Bicolor Lespedeza Lespedeza bicolor / Pea Family
This bush clover is truly a "bush," it has a woody stem. The plant grows to over six feet tall. Perennial - Shrub Where seen: Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge Greenways, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Cherokee National Forest
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23 <strong>Prostrate Tick Trefoil</strong>
<em>Desmodium rotundifolium</em> / Pea Family<br>
This Tick Trefoil grows on the ground as the common name implies. "Trefoil" means three-leaved. 
Perennial - Shrub
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge Gre...

Prostrate Tick Trefoil Desmodium rotundifolium / Pea Family
This Tick Trefoil grows on the ground as the common name implies. "Trefoil" means three-leaved. Perennial - Shrub Where seen: Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge Gre...

Prostrate Tick Trefoil Desmodium rotundifolium / Pea Family
This Tick Trefoil grows on the ground as the common name implies. "Trefoil" means three-leaved. Perennial - Shrub Where seen: Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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24 <strong>Pink Wild Bean</strong>
<em>Strophostyles umbellata</em> / Pea Family<br>
I found this flower blooming in Oak Ridge in early August. Note the two developing "beans" on the plant. The dead petals are still attached to the bean on the left. The...

Pink Wild Bean Strophostyles umbellata / Pea Family
I found this flower blooming in Oak Ridge in early August. Note the two developing "beans" on the plant. The dead petals are still attached to the bean on the left. The...

Pink Wild Bean Strophostyles umbellata / Pea Family
I found this flower blooming in Oak Ridge in early August. Note the two developing "beans" on the plant. The dead petals are still attached to the bean on the left. The old flower on the right has turned yellow. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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25 <strong>Sweet Pea; Everlasting Pea</strong>
<em>Lathyrus latifolius*</em> / Pea Family<br>
This pretty non-native pea is found in much of east Tennessee. It is often found on old homesites. It has green pea-like fruits in the fall. This is one of the...

Sweet Pea; Everlasting Pea Lathyrus latifolius* / Pea Family
This pretty non-native pea is found in much of east Tennessee. It is often found on old homesites. It has green pea-like fruits in the fall. This is one of the...

Sweet Pea; Everlasting Pea Lathyrus latifolius* / Pea Family
This pretty non-native pea is found in much of east Tennessee. It is often found on old homesites. It has green pea-like fruits in the fall. This is one of the plants we had growing on our fence when I was a child. I remember being tempted to eat the seeds, but it's a good thing I didn't --- they are poisonous! The seeds contain glycoside, amine, DABA, ODAP, and phenol and are harmful to not only humans, but sheep, turkeys, rodents, and horses. Vine Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, widespread
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26 <strong>Groundnut</strong>
<em>Apios americana</em> / Pea Family<br>
I photographed this in Oak Ridge. Note the ants on the flowers, like other members in the Pea Family, it has extra-floral nectaries that attract ants. 
Perennial 
<u>Where seen</u...

Groundnut Apios americana / Pea Family
I photographed this in Oak Ridge. Note the ants on the flowers, like other members in the Pea Family, it has extra-floral nectaries that attract ants. Perennial Where seen

Groundnut Apios americana / Pea Family
I photographed this in Oak Ridge. Note the ants on the flowers, like other members in the Pea Family, it has extra-floral nectaries that attract ants. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Big Ridge SP,Great Smoky Mountains NP
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27 <strong>Mimosa; Silk Tree</strong>
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 1</span>
<em>Albizia julibrissin*</em> / Pea Family<br>
Mimosa flowers do not look like other flowers in the Pea Family! The trees have fragrant, unusual flowers that tickle you...

Mimosa; Silk Tree (INN) Rank 1 Albizia julibrissin* / Pea Family
Mimosa flowers do not look like other flowers in the Pea Family! The trees have fragrant, unusual flowers that tickle you...

Mimosa; Silk Tree (INN) Rank 1 Albizia julibrissin* / Pea Family
Mimosa flowers do not look like other flowers in the Pea Family! The trees have fragrant, unusual flowers that tickle your nose when you smell them up close! Mimosas are a weedy tree in many areas. I found this one growing in Oak Ridge in mid-June. It will have 6-inch long brown pea-like seed pods in the fall. Mimosa trees are weedy and can cause problems crowding out native plants. Perennial - tree Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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28 Mimosa Tree

Mimosa Tree

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29 <strong>Sensitive Brier</strong>
<em>Schrankia microphylla</em> / Pea Family<br>
This flower has fuzzy pink flowers. The leaves are very sensitive to touch and will quickly close if disturbed. I found this plant growing in a powerline cut in Rhea Cou...

Sensitive Brier Schrankia microphylla / Pea Family
This flower has fuzzy pink flowers. The leaves are very sensitive to touch and will quickly close if disturbed. I found this plant growing in a powerline cut in Rhea Cou...

Sensitive Brier Schrankia microphylla / Pea Family
This flower has fuzzy pink flowers. The leaves are very sensitive to touch and will quickly close if disturbed. I found this plant growing in a powerline cut in Rhea County. Perennial Where seen: Piney River State Natural Area
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30 <strong>Wild Onion; Field Garlic</strong>
<em>Allium vineale*</em> /Lily Family
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 3</span>
This common roadside and yard weed spreads by tiny bulblets. The plant's underground bulbs also reproduce from the main bul...

Wild Onion; Field Garlic Allium vineale* /Lily Family (INN) Rank 3 This common roadside and yard weed spreads by tiny bulblets. The plant's underground bulbs also reproduce from the main bul...

Wild Onion; Field Garlic Allium vineale* /Lily Family (INN) Rank 3 This common roadside and yard weed spreads by tiny bulblets. The plant's underground bulbs also reproduce from the main bulb, which spreads the plant even more. This plant can be a problem in fields where milk cows eat; the leaves can give the milk an onion flavor! Onions contain a chemical called N-propyl disulfide which destroys red blood cells in sheep, horses and cattle. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP widesprea 1912
31 <strong>Wild Onion; Field Garlic</strong> close-up
This one is a combination of both flowers and bulblets. The bulblets drop to the ground and will grow new plants. The sprouted bulbs below ground will also produce new bulbs; that is why it is so hard...

Wild Onion; Field Garlic close-up This one is a combination of both flowers and bulblets. The bulblets drop to the ground and will grow new plants. The sprouted bulbs below ground will also produce new bulbs; that is why it is so hard...

Wild Onion; Field Garlic close-up This one is a combination of both flowers and bulblets. The bulblets drop to the ground and will grow new plants. The sprouted bulbs below ground will also produce new bulbs; that is why it is so hard to get rid of wild onions in a yard. 1123
32 <strong>Clingman's Hedge Nettle</strong>
<em>Stachys clingmanii</em> /Mint Family
<span style="color:purple;">Rare - Threatened in TN</span><br>
This was an exciting flower to find, it lives <strong>only</strong> on Clingman's Dome in the Smokies! I...

Clingman's Hedge Nettle Stachys clingmanii /Mint Family Rare - Threatened in TN
This was an exciting flower to find, it lives only on Clingman's Dome in the Smokies! I...

Clingman's Hedge Nettle Stachys clingmanii /Mint Family Rare - Threatened in TN
This was an exciting flower to find, it lives only on Clingman's Dome in the Smokies! I photographed this one in early July. It is not a true "nettle," this plant is in the Mint Family. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP
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33 <strong>American Germander; Wood Sage</strong>
<em>Teucrium canadense</em> /Mint Family<br>
The next photo shows a close-up of the flowers.

American Germander; Wood Sage Teucrium canadense /Mint Family
The next photo shows a close-up of the flowers.

American Germander; Wood Sage Teucrium canadense /Mint Family
The next photo shows a close-up of the flowers.
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34 <strong>American Germander; Wood Sage</strong>
<em>Teucrium canadense</em> /Mint Family<br>
This plant is a member of the Mint Family but it has no smell. Look for the overarching stamens on the flowers and how they hit the heads of bees as they are ...

American Germander; Wood Sage Teucrium canadense /Mint Family
This plant is a member of the Mint Family but it has no smell. Look for the overarching stamens on the flowers and how they hit the heads of bees as they are ...

American Germander; Wood Sage Teucrium canadense /Mint Family
This plant is a member of the Mint Family but it has no smell. Look for the overarching stamens on the flowers and how they hit the heads of bees as they are pollinated. I found these blooming in July 2006 in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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35 <strong>Crimson Bee Balm; Oswego Tea</strong>
<em>Monarda didyma</em> /Mint Family<br>
The taste and aroma of Earl Grey tea comes from Bergamot leaves. This picture was taken at Newfound Gap in the Smokies in mid-July.
Perennial 
<u>Where seen</u>:...

Crimson Bee Balm; Oswego Tea Monarda didyma /Mint Family
The taste and aroma of Earl Grey tea comes from Bergamot leaves. This picture was taken at Newfound Gap in the Smokies in mid-July. Perennial Where seen:...

Crimson Bee Balm; Oswego Tea Monarda didyma /Mint Family
The taste and aroma of Earl Grey tea comes from Bergamot leaves. This picture was taken at Newfound Gap in the Smokies in mid-July. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Cherokee National Forest
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36 <strong>Purple Bergamot</strong>
<span style="color: purple;">Rare!</span>
<em>Monarda media</em> /Mint Family<br>
This rare species of Monarda is found in Monroe and Polk counties in Tennessee. I found this one blooming in the high elevations in la...

Purple Bergamot Rare! Monarda media /Mint Family
This rare species of Monarda is found in Monroe and Polk counties in Tennessee. I found this one blooming in the high elevations in la...

Purple Bergamot Rare! Monarda media /Mint Family
This rare species of Monarda is found in Monroe and Polk counties in Tennessee. I found this one blooming in the high elevations in late July in the Cherokee National Forest. Perennial Where seen: Cherokee National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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37 <strong>Downy Wood Mint</strong>
<em>Blephilia ciliata</em> /Mint Family<br>
This is one of those mints that does not have an odor; I crushed a leaf to check for an aroma. I found this one blooming on the Haw Ridge Greenway in Oak Ridge in mid-August...

Downy Wood Mint Blephilia ciliata /Mint Family
This is one of those mints that does not have an odor; I crushed a leaf to check for an aroma. I found this one blooming on the Haw Ridge Greenway in Oak Ridge in mid-August...

Downy Wood Mint Blephilia ciliata /Mint Family
This is one of those mints that does not have an odor; I crushed a leaf to check for an aroma. I found this one blooming on the Haw Ridge Greenway in Oak Ridge in mid-August. Perennial Where seen: Cherokee National Forest, Haw Ridge Greenway
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38 <strong>Prairie Rose</strong>
<em>Rosa setigera</em> /Rose Family<br>
This is a very lovely roadside flower. It is popular with bees and beetles. I photographed these at Haw Ridge Greenway in early June. This was one of the first pictures I took with...

Prairie Rose Rosa setigera /Rose Family
This is a very lovely roadside flower. It is popular with bees and beetles. I photographed these at Haw Ridge Greenway in early June. This was one of the first pictures I took with...

Prairie Rose Rosa setigera /Rose Family
This is a very lovely roadside flower. It is popular with bees and beetles. I photographed these at Haw Ridge Greenway in early June. This was one of the first pictures I took with my new camera. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Haw Ridge Greenway, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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39 <strong>Swamp Rose</strong>
<em>Rosa palustris</em> / Rose Family
Kingsport - Bays Mountain Park
June 23, 2007
This photo was taken with a telephoto lens from across the lake, so it didn't turn out too great. But at least you can tell it is a rose! :)

Swamp Rose Rosa palustris / Rose Family Kingsport - Bays Mountain Park June 23, 2007 This photo was taken with a telephoto lens from across the lake, so it didn't turn out too great. But at least you can tell it is a rose! :)

Swamp Rose Rosa palustris / Rose Family Kingsport - Bays Mountain Park June 23, 2007 This photo was taken with a telephoto lens from across the lake, so it didn't turn out too great. But at least you can tell it is a rose! :) 1527
40 <strong>Flowering Raspberry</strong>
<em>Rubus odoratus</em> /Mint Family<br>
Flowering Raspberry is a beautiful flower that blooms along roadsides in the mountains. The petals look like they are made of crepe paper! The fruits are not edible. These ...

Flowering Raspberry Rubus odoratus /Mint Family
Flowering Raspberry is a beautiful flower that blooms along roadsides in the mountains. The petals look like they are made of crepe paper! The fruits are not edible. These ...

Flowering Raspberry Rubus odoratus /Mint Family
Flowering Raspberry is a beautiful flower that blooms along roadsides in the mountains. The petals look like they are made of crepe paper! The fruits are not edible. These were blooming along Tremont Road in early July. Perennial - Shrub Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP
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41 <strong>Japanese Spirea</strong>
<em>Spirea japonica*</em> /Rose Family<br>
Height: to 5'
August 12, 2005 <br>
I found this plant blooming along the road near Max Patch in the Pisgah National Forest on the Tennessee / North Carolina border. It has ...

Japanese Spirea Spirea japonica* /Rose Family
Height: to 5' August 12, 2005
I found this plant blooming along the road near Max Patch in the Pisgah National Forest on the Tennessee / North Carolina border. It has ...

Japanese Spirea Spirea japonica* /Rose Family
Height: to 5' August 12, 2005
I found this plant blooming along the road near Max Patch in the Pisgah National Forest on the Tennessee / North Carolina border. It has numerous pink flowers which are enjoyed by bees, flies, and other pollinators. This plant is a garden escape that has become established in the wild, it is a native of Japan. Perennial - Shrub Where seen: Max Patch area of NC
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42 <strong>Common Milkweed</strong>
<em>Asclepias syriaca</em> /Milkweed Family<br>
This milkweed is a favorite of many interesting insects. Monarch butterflies, Milkweed bugs, Milkweed beetles, Milkweed moths, and aphids live on, eat, and lay their egg...

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca /Milkweed Family
This milkweed is a favorite of many interesting insects. Monarch butterflies, Milkweed bugs, Milkweed beetles, Milkweed moths, and aphids live on, eat, and lay their egg...

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca /Milkweed Family
This milkweed is a favorite of many interesting insects. Monarch butterflies, Milkweed bugs, Milkweed beetles, Milkweed moths, and aphids live on, eat, and lay their eggs on this plant. The sticky white juice of milkweeds contain a poison which these insects incorporate into their bodies making them poisonous when they eat the leaves. Most milkweed-eating insects are brightly colored (red and black or orange and black) as a warning to potential predators. The sap also contains latex which gums up the mouths of certain insects like soldier beetles, it is common to see them hanging dead stuck to a leaf vein! Milkweeds are poisonous to cattle, goats, and sheep. The poisons contained in the stems, leaves, and seedpods are desglucosyrioside and syrioside. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP, Oak Ridge Greenways, widespread
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43 <strong>Common Milkweed with Milkweed bugs - close-up</strong>
<em>Asclepias syriaca</em><br>

Common Milkweed with Milkweed bugs - close-up Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed with Milkweed bugs - close-up Asclepias syriaca
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44 <strong>Common Milkweed - close-up</strong>
<em>Asclepias syriaca</em> /Milkweed Family<br>
These flowers have small slits which guide insects' legs to catch the V-shaped pollen-containg bodies called <em>pollenia.</em><br> If the pollenia are insert...

Common Milkweed - close-up Asclepias syriaca /Milkweed Family
These flowers have small slits which guide insects' legs to catch the V-shaped pollen-containg bodies called pollenia.
If the pollenia are insert...

Common Milkweed - close-up Asclepias syriaca /Milkweed Family
These flowers have small slits which guide insects' legs to catch the V-shaped pollen-containg bodies called pollenia.
If the pollenia are inserted into another flower, pollination may occur. The small number of pods per plant compared to the large number of flowers is an indication that pollination of these flowers is difficult.
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45 <strong>Swamp Milkweed</strong>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span> 
<em>Asclepias incarnata</em> /Milkweed Family<br>
This is one of the prettiest milkweeds, it likes to grow near water.
Perennial 
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ridge, Warrior's Pa...

Swamp Milkweed Aquatic Asclepias incarnata /Milkweed Family
This is one of the prettiest milkweeds, it likes to grow near water. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Warrior's Pa...

Swamp Milkweed Aquatic Asclepias incarnata /Milkweed Family
This is one of the prettiest milkweeds, it likes to grow near water. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Warrior's Path SP
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46 <strong>Bouncing Bet; Soapwort</strong>
<em>Saponaria officinalis*</em> /Pink Family<br>
The flowers of this plant are a pale pink. When the crushed leaves and roots are mixed with water the juices produce a lather that can be used as soap. This one ...

Bouncing Bet; Soapwort Saponaria officinalis* /Pink Family
The flowers of this plant are a pale pink. When the crushed leaves and roots are mixed with water the juices produce a lather that can be used as soap. This one ...

Bouncing Bet; Soapwort Saponaria officinalis* /Pink Family
The flowers of this plant are a pale pink. When the crushed leaves and roots are mixed with water the juices produce a lather that can be used as soap. This one was blooming along Cades Cove Road in the Smokies. Bouncing Bet is poisonous to humans and animals, ingesting it can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea. Perennial Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Knoxville, Warriors' Path SP
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47 <strong>Deptford Pink</strong>
<em>Dianthus armeria*</em> /Pink Family<br>
These plants grow to around one foot high. They bloom in mid-June. I photographed these in Oak Ridge.
Perennial 
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warr...

Deptford Pink Dianthus armeria* /Pink Family
These plants grow to around one foot high. They bloom in mid-June. I photographed these in Oak Ridge. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warr...

Deptford Pink Dianthus armeria* /Pink Family
These plants grow to around one foot high. They bloom in mid-June. I photographed these in Oak Ridge. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP
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48 <strong>Virginia Meadow Beauty</strong>
<em>Rhexia virginica</em> /Meadow Beauty Family<br>
The petals of Virginia Meadow Beauty are darker pink than the closely related pale pink Maryland Meadow Beauty. I found this one blooming in August.
Perennia...

Virginia Meadow Beauty Rhexia virginica /Meadow Beauty Family
The petals of Virginia Meadow Beauty are darker pink than the closely related pale pink Maryland Meadow Beauty. I found this one blooming in August. Perennia...

Virginia Meadow Beauty Rhexia virginica /Meadow Beauty Family
The petals of Virginia Meadow Beauty are darker pink than the closely related pale pink Maryland Meadow Beauty. I found this one blooming in August. Perennial Where seen: Frozen Head State Park, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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49 <strong>Garden Phlox</strong>
<em>Phlox paniculata</em> /Phlox Family<br>
These pretty pink tube-shaped flowers are visited by butterflies. 
Perennial 
<u>Where seen</u>: Frozen Head State Park, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Piney Falls SNA, W...

Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata /Phlox Family
These pretty pink tube-shaped flowers are visited by butterflies. Perennial Where seen: Frozen Head State Park, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Piney Falls SNA, W...

Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata /Phlox Family
These pretty pink tube-shaped flowers are visited by butterflies. Perennial Where seen: Frozen Head State Park, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Piney Falls SNA, Warrior's Path SP
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50 <strong>Rose Pink</strong>
<em>Sabatia angularis</em> /Gentian Family<br>
This is one of my favorite summer wildflowers! I was surprised to see one flower on this plant with seven petals, they normally have five.
Biennial 
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ri...

Rose Pink Sabatia angularis /Gentian Family
This is one of my favorite summer wildflowers! I was surprised to see one flower on this plant with seven petals, they normally have five. Biennial Where seen: Oak Ri...

Rose Pink Sabatia angularis /Gentian Family
This is one of my favorite summer wildflowers! I was surprised to see one flower on this plant with seven petals, they normally have five. Biennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Warrior's Path SP
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51 <strong>Spiderflower</strong>
<em>Cleome spinosa*</em> /Caper Family<br>
This unusual flower is a garden escape. The leaves and stems are very sticky and have an unpleasant smell. We had this plant in my yard when I was a child. 
Annual
<u>Where se...

Spiderflower Cleome spinosa* /Caper Family
This unusual flower is a garden escape. The leaves and stems are very sticky and have an unpleasant smell. We had this plant in my yard when I was a child. Annual Where se...

Spiderflower Cleome spinosa* /Caper Family
This unusual flower is a garden escape. The leaves and stems are very sticky and have an unpleasant smell. We had this plant in my yard when I was a child. Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways
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52 <strong>Lady's Thumb</strong>
<em>Polygonum persicaria*</em> /Smartweed Family<br>
There are lots of different types of Smartweeds in this area. Lady's Thumb can be distinguished from the others by the slightly darker blotch on the leaves. Smartweeds...

Lady's Thumb Polygonum persicaria* /Smartweed Family
There are lots of different types of Smartweeds in this area. Lady's Thumb can be distinguished from the others by the slightly darker blotch on the leaves. Smartweeds...

Lady's Thumb Polygonum persicaria* /Smartweed Family
There are lots of different types of Smartweeds in this area. Lady's Thumb can be distinguished from the others by the slightly darker blotch on the leaves. Smartweeds provide an important source of food for many species of birds in the form of tiny, shiny, triangular, black seeds. Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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53 <strong>Pale Smartweed; Knotweed</strong>
<em>Polygonum lapathifolium</em> /Smartweed Family
<span style="color: red;">(INN) Rank 3</span><br>
There are no fringes on the leaf sheaths of this plant, one of the identifying factors of Smartweeds. It i...

Pale Smartweed; Knotweed Polygonum lapathifolium /Smartweed Family (INN) Rank 3
There are no fringes on the leaf sheaths of this plant, one of the identifying factors of Smartweeds. It i...

Pale Smartweed; Knotweed Polygonum lapathifolium /Smartweed Family (INN) Rank 3
There are no fringes on the leaf sheaths of this plant, one of the identifying factors of Smartweeds. It is a common yard weed. I found this one growing on the edge of my yard in Oak Ridge in August. Close-up of flowers follows. Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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54 <strong>Pale Smartweed</strong> close-up
<em>Polygonum lapathifolium</em><br>

Pale Smartweed close-up Polygonum lapathifolium

Pale Smartweed close-up Polygonum lapathifolium
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55 <strong>Swamp Smartweed</strong>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span> 
<em>Polygonum amphibium v. stipulaceum</em> /Smartweed Family<br>
These flowers were blooming at Cove Lake State Park.
Annual?
<u>Where seen</u>: Cove Lake State Park, Gre...

Swamp Smartweed Aquatic Polygonum amphibium v. stipulaceum /Smartweed Family
These flowers were blooming at Cove Lake State Park. Annual? Where seen: Cove Lake State Park, Gre...

Swamp Smartweed Aquatic Polygonum amphibium v. stipulaceum /Smartweed Family
These flowers were blooming at Cove Lake State Park. Annual? Where seen: Cove Lake State Park, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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56 <strong>Arrow-leaved Tearthumb</strong>
<em>Polygonum sagittatum</em> /Smartweed Family
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span> <br>
I didn't find this plant, <u>it found me</u>! While I was photographing another plant I felt something cutting int...

Arrow-leaved Tearthumb Polygonum sagittatum /Smartweed Family Aquatic
I didn't find this plant, it found me! While I was photographing another plant I felt something cutting int...

Arrow-leaved Tearthumb Polygonum sagittatum /Smartweed Family Aquatic
I didn't find this plant, it found me! While I was photographing another plant I felt something cutting into my leg, when I looked at this "innocent-looking" plant I noticed some sharp, curved prickles under the leaves. Not only could this plant "tear a thumb", but its' leaves could tear any part of your body that got caught on them! Click on the picture and it will enlarge so you can see them better. I found this one blooming in late August near the pond at Frozen Head SP. Annual Where seen: Frozen Head State Park
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57 <strong>Swamp Rose Mallow</strong> (pink)
<em>Hibiscus moscheutos</em> /Mallow Family
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span><br>
These beautiful flowers can be seen from a long distance. Note the bumble bee in the flower. I found this plant at Co...

Swamp Rose Mallow (pink) Hibiscus moscheutos /Mallow Family Aquatic
These beautiful flowers can be seen from a long distance. Note the bumble bee in the flower. I found this plant at Co...

Swamp Rose Mallow (pink) Hibiscus moscheutos /Mallow Family Aquatic
These beautiful flowers can be seen from a long distance. Note the bumble bee in the flower. I found this plant at Cove Lake State Park. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Cove Lake State Park, Big Ridge State Park Formerly known as: Hibiscus palustris
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58 <strong>Swamp Rose Mallow - grouping</strong>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span> 
<em>Hibiscus palustris</em><br>

Swamp Rose Mallow - grouping Aquatic Hibiscus palustris

Swamp Rose Mallow - grouping Aquatic Hibiscus palustris
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59 <strong>Carolina Mallow; Bristly Mallow</strong>
<em>Modiola caroliniana*</em> /Mallow Family<br>
This pretty little flower can only be enjoyed when the sun is out. It is in the same family as okra, hollyhocks, and cotton. Unlike many other members o...

Carolina Mallow; Bristly Mallow Modiola caroliniana* /Mallow Family
This pretty little flower can only be enjoyed when the sun is out. It is in the same family as okra, hollyhocks, and cotton. Unlike many other members o...

Carolina Mallow; Bristly Mallow Modiola caroliniana* /Mallow Family
This pretty little flower can only be enjoyed when the sun is out. It is in the same family as okra, hollyhocks, and cotton. Unlike many other members of the Mallow Family, these flowers are small, less than half-inch. I found this one blooming in early June in my yard near my big magnolia tree. Note the bright red nectar guides on the petals. Annual or Biennial Where seen: Oak Ridge
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60 <strong>Red Turtlehead</strong>
<em>Chelone lyonii</em><br> /Snapdragon Family
I found these interesting flowers blooming at the Univeristy of Tennessee Arboretum in late August. There is a white version of this flower too.
Perennial
<u>Where seen<...

Red Turtlehead Chelone lyonii
/Snapdragon Family I found these interesting flowers blooming at the Univeristy of Tennessee Arboretum in late August. There is a white version of this flower too. Perennial Where seen<...

Red Turtlehead Chelone lyonii
/Snapdragon Family I found these interesting flowers blooming at the Univeristy of Tennessee Arboretum in late August. There is a white version of this flower too. Perennial Where seen: University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP
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61 <strong>Turtlehead front</strong> Front view, macro close-up 
<em>Chelone lyonii</em><br>
It is interesting to look at the long protruding pistil. The curved anthers look a bit like a wishbone.

Turtlehead front Front view, macro close-up Chelone lyonii
It is interesting to look at the long protruding pistil. The curved anthers look a bit like a wishbone.

Turtlehead front Front view, macro close-up Chelone lyonii
It is interesting to look at the long protruding pistil. The curved anthers look a bit like a wishbone.
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62 <strong>Rough Buttonweed</strong>
<em>Diodia teres</em> /Madder Family<br>
This is a common roadside or trailside plant. I found it growing in Oak Ridge along the Haw Ridge Greenways trail in mid-August. It is a relative of coffee, it is in the Madde...

Rough Buttonweed Diodia teres /Madder Family
This is a common roadside or trailside plant. I found it growing in Oak Ridge along the Haw Ridge Greenways trail in mid-August. It is a relative of coffee, it is in the Madde...

Rough Buttonweed Diodia teres /Madder Family
This is a common roadside or trailside plant. I found it growing in Oak Ridge along the Haw Ridge Greenways trail in mid-August. It is a relative of coffee, it is in the Madder Family. Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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63 <strong>Cardinal Flower</strong>
<em>Lobelia cardinalis</em> /Bluebell Family<br>
This is a brilliant red flower that grows near water. It is a favorite of hummingbirds. Many <em>Lobelia</em> species are poisonous to humans and goats if eaten. They c...

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis /Bluebell Family
This is a brilliant red flower that grows near water. It is a favorite of hummingbirds. Many Lobelia species are poisonous to humans and goats if eaten. They c...

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis /Bluebell Family
This is a brilliant red flower that grows near water. It is a favorite of hummingbirds. Many Lobelia species are poisonous to humans and goats if eaten. They contain the toxins lobelamine and lobeline. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Frozen Head SP, Cove Lake SP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP
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64 <strong>Cardinal Flower</strong> close-up

Cardinal Flower close-up

Cardinal Flower close-up 1265
65 <strong>Scarlet Pimpernel</strong>
<em>Anagalis arvensis*</em> /Primrose Family<br>
This plant was only about 4 inches tall, I almost missed it blooming along the Haw Ridge Greenway trail. It was blooming in mid-August. This plant is in the Primrose ...

Scarlet Pimpernel Anagalis arvensis* /Primrose Family
This plant was only about 4 inches tall, I almost missed it blooming along the Haw Ridge Greenway trail. It was blooming in mid-August. This plant is in the Primrose ...

Scarlet Pimpernel Anagalis arvensis* /Primrose Family
This plant was only about 4 inches tall, I almost missed it blooming along the Haw Ridge Greenway trail. It was blooming in mid-August. This plant is in the Primrose Family. The flowers start to close when the relative humidity reaches 80%, it was once used as a "poor man's hygrometer" in Europe. Some flowers close to protect their pollen from being washed away by rain. Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Haw Ridge Greenway, Warrior's Path SP
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66 <strong>Small Red Morning Glory</strong>
<em>Ipomoea coccinea*</em> /Morning Glory Family<br>
The species name "Coccinea" means red. I found this plant blooming in the garden at my school in Oak Ridge. It is a pretty little morning glory that has to ...

Small Red Morning Glory Ipomoea coccinea* /Morning Glory Family
The species name "Coccinea" means red. I found this plant blooming in the garden at my school in Oak Ridge. It is a pretty little morning glory that has to ...

Small Red Morning Glory Ipomoea coccinea* /Morning Glory Family
The species name "Coccinea" means red. I found this plant blooming in the garden at my school in Oak Ridge. It is a pretty little morning glory that has to be found early in the day. Annual Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warrior's Path SP
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67 <strong>Scarlet Cypress Vine</strong>
<em>Ipomoea quamoclit*</em>
Chattanooga, TN
July 30, 2006<br>
I remember having this plant growing in my mother's garden when I was a child. I was always fascinated by the brilliant red, star-shaped flowers. Th...

Scarlet Cypress Vine Ipomoea quamoclit* Chattanooga, TN July 30, 2006
I remember having this plant growing in my mother's garden when I was a child. I was always fascinated by the brilliant red, star-shaped flowers. Th...

Scarlet Cypress Vine Ipomoea quamoclit* Chattanooga, TN July 30, 2006
I remember having this plant growing in my mother's garden when I was a child. I was always fascinated by the brilliant red, star-shaped flowers. This non-native plant is a garden escape that is sometimes found growing in the wild.
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68 <strong>Orange Poppy</strong> close-up
<em>Papaver dubium*</em> /Poppy Family
May 26, 2006<br>
These pretty flowers decorate the medians and exit ramps along the interstates thanks to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. These were photograph...

Orange Poppy close-up Papaver dubium* /Poppy Family May 26, 2006
These pretty flowers decorate the medians and exit ramps along the interstates thanks to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. These were photograph...

Orange Poppy close-up Papaver dubium* /Poppy Family May 26, 2006
These pretty flowers decorate the medians and exit ramps along the interstates thanks to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. These were photographed at the Crab Orchard exit on Interstate 40. I once had a man call me to ask where he could find large masses of these flowers. When I explaned that they don't grow wild and are only planted along the interstates he was disappointed, he wanted them as a backdrop for a music video! The purple flowers are larkspurs that were in the wildflower seed mix. The flowers that the TDOT plants are not native, they are just for "eye appeal". Papaver species contain codine, morphine, and protopine, they are poisonous to cattle.
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69 Close-up of Poppy

Close-up of Poppy

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70 <strong>Carpenter's Square </strong> close-up
<em>Scrophularia marilandica</em> /Snapdragon Family
Height: 2' to 10'
August 12, 2005<br>
I was excited to see this plant blooming along the trail to the top of Max Patch, a beautiful bald near the TN ...

Carpenter's Square close-up Scrophularia marilandica /Snapdragon Family Height: 2' to 10' August 12, 2005
I was excited to see this plant blooming along the trail to the top of Max Patch, a beautiful bald near the TN ...

Carpenter's Square close-up Scrophularia marilandica /Snapdragon Family Height: 2' to 10' August 12, 2005
I was excited to see this plant blooming along the trail to the top of Max Patch, a beautiful bald near the TN / NC border. The flowers are maroon and ecru colored, they are small and not easy to spot. I don't know how it got the unusual common name. Perennial Where seen: Max Patch, NC
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71 <strong>Narrow-leaf Cattail</strong>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span>
<em>Typha angustifolia</em> /Cattail Family<br>
The brown parts of the flower are the seeds which developed from the female flowers. Plants with the pollen bearing male (...

Narrow-leaf Cattail Aquatic Typha angustifolia /Cattail Family
The brown parts of the flower are the seeds which developed from the female flowers. Plants with the pollen bearing male (...

Narrow-leaf Cattail Aquatic Typha angustifolia /Cattail Family
The brown parts of the flower are the seeds which developed from the female flowers. Plants with the pollen bearing male (staminate) flowers and female (pistilate) flowers on different areas of the flower are called "monoecious." Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Cove Lake SP, University of Tennessee Arboretum
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72 <strong>Rushes</strong>
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span> 
<em>Lathyrus latifolius</em> /Rushes<br>
Rushes are indicator plants of wetlands. They grow in soil that stays damp most of the year.
Perennial
<u>Where seen</u>: Oak Ridge Greenwa...

Rushes Aquatic Lathyrus latifolius /Rushes
Rushes are indicator plants of wetlands. They grow in soil that stays damp most of the year. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenwa...

Rushes Aquatic Lathyrus latifolius /Rushes
Rushes are indicator plants of wetlands. They grow in soil that stays damp most of the year. Perennial Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, widespread
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73 <strong>Ailanthus; Tree-of-Heaven</strong>
<span style="color: red;">INN</span> 
<em>Ailanthus altissima</em> /Quassia Family
June 23, 2005<br>
I put this tree in the gallery because it is, unfortunately, such a common roadside tree. It is easy to ...

Ailanthus; Tree-of-Heaven INN Ailanthus altissima /Quassia Family June 23, 2005
I put this tree in the gallery because it is, unfortunately, such a common roadside tree. It is easy to ...

Ailanthus; Tree-of-Heaven INN Ailanthus altissima /Quassia Family June 23, 2005
I put this tree in the gallery because it is, unfortunately, such a common roadside tree. It is easy to spot by its' brown fruits that become visible in June. This tree is a native of Asia, it has become widely established in the U.S. and is invasive. Perennial - Tree Where seen: widespread
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74 <strong>Drumheads</strong> 
<em>Polygala cruciata</em> / Milkwort Family
July 10, 2006<br>
I had spotted a patch of American Germander in a field at the far end of Cades Cove. After photographing those flowers, I saw these as I was walking back to t...

Drumheads Polygala cruciata / Milkwort Family July 10, 2006
I had spotted a patch of American Germander in a field at the far end of Cades Cove. After photographing those flowers, I saw these as I was walking back to t...

Drumheads Polygala cruciata / Milkwort Family July 10, 2006
I had spotted a patch of American Germander in a field at the far end of Cades Cove. After photographing those flowers, I saw these as I was walking back to the car. I'd seen these flowers in Florida. The following photo shows the tiny idividual flowers from the top. Annual Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP
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75 <strong>Catawba Rhododendron</strong> 
<em>Rhododendron catawbiense</em> 
Roan Mountain
June 22, 2007
These shrubs grow at elevations of above 5,000 feet, so it takes a good hike or a drive high into the mountains to find them. Roan Mountain on the...

Catawba Rhododendron Rhododendron catawbiense Roan Mountain June 22, 2007 These shrubs grow at elevations of above 5,000 feet, so it takes a good hike or a drive high into the mountains to find them. Roan Mountain on the...

Catawba Rhododendron Rhododendron catawbiense Roan Mountain June 22, 2007 These shrubs grow at elevations of above 5,000 feet, so it takes a good hike or a drive high into the mountains to find them. Roan Mountain on the TN/NC border is famous for the Rhododendron gardens, an annual festival is held to celebrate them in mid-June each year. map... 1579
76 <strong>Drumheads</strong>  - close-up
See previous entry for a description.

Drumheads - close-up See previous entry for a description.

Drumheads - close-up See previous entry for a description. 863
77 <strong>Dwarf Rhododendron; Small-leaved Rhododendron </strong>
<em>Rhododendron minus</em> / Heath Family
July 11, 2006<br>
I led a hike for the Tremont Summer Naturalist Week to Charlie's Bunion. I was excited to find these small Rhododendrons wit...

Dwarf Rhododendron; Small-leaved Rhododendron Rhododendron minus / Heath Family July 11, 2006
I led a hike for the Tremont Summer Naturalist Week to Charlie's Bunion. I was excited to find these small Rhododendrons wit...

Dwarf Rhododendron; Small-leaved Rhododendron Rhododendron minus / Heath Family July 11, 2006
I led a hike for the Tremont Summer Naturalist Week to Charlie's Bunion. I was excited to find these small Rhododendrons with pink flowers blooming on the slate rock outcropping (see next photo). I was a bit confused, because the plants were much smaller than the Catawba Rhododendrons found in other areas of the park. My first thought was it might be a Mountain Azalea, but my wildflower ID book ruled that out. The plants were very prevalent on the mountainside, they must have been spectacular a couple of weeks earlier when they would have been at their peak. My trusty old (and I mean REALLY OLD, first ID book from 1985), Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers had it listed in the description with R. catawbiense. The plants grow only 3 - 4 feet tall compared to 8 - 12 feet. The flower clusters more sparse, not like the large "pompom" clusters of its' larger relatives. Dwarf Rhododendron has short leaves, the other 2 species have long leaves. Rosebay RhododendronR. maximum has white flowers and long leaves. All parts of rhodendrons are deadly poisonous to people and many animals. Shrub Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP May also be classified as: R. carolinianum map...
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78 <strong>Dwarf Rhododendron</strong> 
See previous photo for description.

Dwarf Rhododendron See previous photo for description.

Dwarf Rhododendron See previous photo for description. 1822
79 This Soldier beetle has the yellow, V-shaped <em>pollinia</em> of milkweed attached to its feet. If it inserts them correctly into a flower on another plant, fertilization will occur and a pod will grow.

This Soldier beetle has the yellow, V-shaped pollinia of milkweed attached to its feet. If it inserts them correctly into a flower on another plant, fertilization will occur and a pod will grow.

This Soldier beetle has the yellow, V-shaped pollinia of milkweed attached to its feet. If it inserts them correctly into a flower on another plant, fertilization will occur and a pod will grow. 700
80 <strong>Leather Vasevine</strong>
<em>Clematis viorna</em> 
June 16, 2007
Maryville, TN
I really appreciate it when people I don't even know are interested enough to share locations of new wildflowers with me! Janice, from Maryville, TN, e-mailed m...

Leather Vasevine Clematis viorna June 16, 2007 Maryville, TN I really appreciate it when people I don't even know are interested enough to share locations of new wildflowers with me! Janice, from Maryville, TN, e-mailed m...

Leather Vasevine Clematis viorna June 16, 2007 Maryville, TN I really appreciate it when people I don't even know are interested enough to share locations of new wildflowers with me! Janice, from Maryville, TN, e-mailed me about this wildflower when she saw I didn't have it on my site! Her directions to the location were perfect! This plant is related to Virgin's Bower and the "garden variety" Clematis that people grow around their mailbox or on a trellis. 1283
81 Close-up of Leather Vasevine

Close-up of Leather Vasevine

Close-up of Leather Vasevine 808
82 <strong>Water Shield</strong>
<em>Brasenia schreberi</em> / Water Shield Family
<span style="color: purple;">Rare</span> 
<span style="color: blue;">Aquatic</span> 
Bays Mountain Park 
June 23, 2007
I never expected to see this plant growing in e...

Water Shield Brasenia schreberi / Water Shield Family Rare Aquatic Bays Mountain Park June 23, 2007 I never expected to see this plant growing in e...

Water Shield Brasenia schreberi / Water Shield Family Rare Aquatic Bays Mountain Park June 23, 2007 I never expected to see this plant growing in east Tennessee, especially up on top of a mountain! It grew quite thick along the edges of Bays Mountain Lake. The stems and leaves are quite slimy, I remember hating having to swim through this plant at Girl Scout Camp in middle Tennessee in the late 1960's. It would rap around our legs and it felt creepy! :( 1259
83 <strong>Water Shield</strong>

Water Shield

Water Shield 760
84 <strong>Virginia Marsh St. Johnswort</strong>
<em>Triadenum virginicum</em>

Virginia Marsh St. Johnswort Triadenum virginicum

Virginia Marsh St. Johnswort Triadenum virginicum 1568

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