All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Galax; Beetleweed</strong>
<em>Galax aphylla</em> / Diapensia Family
Height: 8" - 32"<br>
The leaves of Galax are thick, leathery, and evergreen. Mountain folk once gathered the leaves to make Christmas wreaths. A town in Virginia is named f...
Galax; Beetleweed
Galax aphylla / Diapensia Family
Height: 8" - 32"

The leaves of Galax are thick, leathery, and evergreen. Mountain folk once gathered the leaves to make Christmas wreaths. A town in Virginia is named for this plant. This is commonly found in the Smokies in May. I found this one on the Cumberland Trail (near Cove Lake State Park) on the way to The Devil's Racetrack.
Perennial
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Frozen Head SP, Cove Lake section of the Cumberland Trail, Stinging Fork Falls SNA, Warriors' Path SP
{Also known as: Galax urceolata}

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