Mount Leconte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 1, 2006
At first glance a hiker might dismiss this as just another plain old Dandelion. I wouldn't have known what it was if I hadn't read about it in the Leconte Lodge. It grows in only the high elevations, so it takes some work to see this flower. My husband and I hiked a little over 11 miles on this trip. It was worth the aching knees to get 5 new flowers for this website and 1 new one for my lifelist! I also found this flower blooming on Roan Mountain on 10-9-06.