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Blooms of the NC High Country

A Guide to the Region’s Wildflowers

By Julie Matthews

When the temperatures warm and the snow melts, the High Country’s natural beauty really blossoms with bright hues from greenery and wildflowers covering its mountainside. During the spring and summer, flowers are in full bloom—including the region’s native flower, the rhododendron, and its different varieties—and what a sight to see! These colorful wildflowers appear all over the area, particularly along the Blue Ridge Parkway and on Grandfather Mountain, with bloom time depending on elevations.

Below is a list of some of the High Country’s wildflowers, which can be spotted at overlooks, nature trails, waterfalls, roadsides and many other places.

Spring

Trillium (April-May) – White flowers

Pinxter Flower (April-May) – Light to dark pink flowers

Fire Pink (April-June) – Bright red flowers

Flame Azalea (May-June) – Yellow to red flowers

Bluets (May-August) – Light to dark blue flowers with a yellow center

Summer

Catawba Rhododendron (June) – Pink to purple flowers

Rosebay Rhododendron (June-July) – White to pink flowers

Mountain Laurel (June-July) – Light pink to white flowers

Bee Balm (July-August) – Bright red flowers

Turks Cap Lily (July-August) – Yellow to orange flowers

Hit the trails and enjoy the beautiful wildflowers in the High Country!

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