Blue Ridge Parkway Guide by Virtual Blue Ridge home  |  maps & books  |  blue ridge photos  |  parkway blog  |  advertise with us
Information | Maps | Parkway Tour | Lodging | Activities | Food | Photos | News & Events | Real Estate | Blog | Store
You Are Here: Home Page » Parkway Info » Parkway Nature » Wildflowers
 

Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway WildflowersThe Blue Ridge Parkway is a wildflower lover's paradise, offering a huge variety of native species during spring, summer and fall. Depending on your elevation and north/south orientation, some species can be found blooming over a considerably long period of time.

The following list is a highlight of some of the most popular wildflowers, their months in bloom and places along the Parkway where you can find them. Photograph them, sketch them or simply enjoy the view, but all of the park resources are protected - leave them for others to enjoy. As you will notice peak bloom in Virginia will usually be earlier than in North Carolina due to elevation.

Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Bloom Schedule

Flowers Peak Bloom Milepost Location
Skunk Cabbage
(Symplocarpus foetidus)
Feb-Mar 176.1, 185.8, 217.0
Dandelion
(Taraxacum officinale)
Feb-June Common along roadside.
Dwarf Iris
(Iris Verna)
Mar-Apr 260.5
Spring Beauty
(Claytonia caroliniana)
Mar-Apr Craggy Picnic Area
Mayapple
(Podophyllum peltatum)
Mar-Apr 76.2-76.4, 296-297, 315-317, 320.8, 339.5
Serviceberry / Sarvis
(Amelanchier arborea)
Mar-May 241-242, 294-297, 308.3, 347.6, 368-370
Silver-Bell Tree
(Halesia carolina)
Mar-May 344.1-355.3
Birdfoot Violet
(Viola pedata)
Mar-May 147.4, 202, 260.5, 379
Buttercups
(Ranunculus hispidus)
Mar-June Common along roadside
Wild Strawberry
(Fragaria virginiana)
Mar-June Common along roadside
Crested Dwarf Iris
(Iris cristata)
Apr-May 195, 198, 210, 217, 250.8, 273.4, 379
Squirrel Corn
(Dicentra canadensis)
Apr-May Craggy Picnic Area, 458.2- Heintooga Spur Rd.
Tulip Poplar
(Liriodendron tulipifera)
Apr-May Common in low woods and coves.
Indian Paintbrush
(Castilleja coccinea)
Apr-May 369-371
Great Chickweed
(Stellaria pubera)
Apr-May Common in rich, moist woods.
Soloman's Seal
(Polygonatum biflorum)
Apr-May Common on moist wooded slopes, coves.
Fringed Phacelia
(Phacelia fimbriata)
Apr-May 370-375
Bloodroot
(Sanguinaria canadensis)
Apr-May 85.6, 191-193, 198.7, 294
Princess Tree
(Paulownia tomentosa)
Apr-May 100-123, 381-382, 396, 400
Golden Groundsel
(Senecio aureus)
Apr-May 29.1, 85.8 Picnic Area, 330-340
Pinxter Flower
(Rhododendron nudiflorum)
Apr-May 4, 92-97, 138.6, 145.5, 154.5 PA, 162.9, 211.6, 217-222, 350-351, 412-423
Heal All
(Prunella vulgaris)
Apr-frost Common along roadside
Trillium
(Trillium spp.)
Apr-May 175, 200-216, 339-340, 364.6
Fetterbush
(Leucothoe racemosa)
Late Apr-May 241.1, 379
Eastern Redbud
(Cercis canadensis)
Late Apr-May 54-68
Dutchman's Breeches
(Dicentra cucullaria)
Apr-June 367.6 Picnic Area, 458.2-Heintooga Spur Rd.
Foam Flower
(Tiarella cordifolia)
Apr-June 296.9, 339.5, 367.7 Picnic Area
False Soloman's Seal
(Smilacina racemosa)
Apr-June Common along roadside
Black Locust
(Robinia pseudoacacia)
Apr-June 100-123, 367-368, 383
Jack-in-the-Pulpit
(Arisaema triphyllum)
Apr-June Common in woodland areas
Witch Hobble (Hobblebush)
(Viburnum alnifolium)
Apr-June
Aug (fruit)
295.5, 362-367, higher elevations in rich, moist woods.
Carolina Rhododendron
(Rhododendron minus)
Late Apr-June 308-310, 404-411
Dogwood
(Cornus florida)
May 6, 85.8 PA, 154.5 PA, 230-232, 217-219, 378-282
Large Flowered Trillium
(Trillium grandiflorum)
May 3-7, 64-85, 154.5 PA, 168-169, 175, 330-340, 370-375
Fraser Magnolia
(Magnolia fraseri)
May 173-174, 252-253
Bluets
(Houstonia spp.)
May-June 200.2, 355-368 Picnic Area
Field Hawkweed
(Hieracium pratense)
May-June 6, 78.4, 165.5, 229.5, 325-330
Wild Geranium
(Geranium maculatum)
May-June 84-86, 170-172, 211.6, 375
Hawthorne
(Crataegus spp.)
May-June 155-176, 365.6, 368
Small's Groundsel
(Senecio smallii)
May-June 29.1, 85.8 Picnic Area, 330-340
Bristly Locust
(Robinia hispida)
May-June 167-174, 308.3, 347.9
Pinkshell
(Rhododendron vaseyi)
May-June 305.2, 342-343, 349-351, 419-424
Red Berried Elder
(Sambucus pubens)
May-June 355-360, 369, 412-425, higher elevations in rich, moist woods.
Flame Azalea
(Rhododendron calendulaceum)
May-June 138.6, 144-145, 149.5, 164-166, 217-221, 308-310, 368-380, 412-423
Fire Pink
(Silene virginica)
May-June 1-2, 85.8 Picnic Area, 154.5 241 Picnic Area, 339.3 Picnic Area, 367-375, 404-408
Allegheny Blackberry
(Rubus allegheniensis)
May-June 6, 167.2, 239.9, 305-315, 339.5, 367.6
Staghorn Sumac
(Rhus typhina)
May-June Common along roadside in dry, rocky areas.
Bowman's Root
(Gillenia trifoliata)
May-June 24-25, 149.5, 260, 332, 368-369
Bead Lily
(Clintonia umbellulata)
May-June Common in rich, moist deciduous woods.
New Jersey Tea
(Ceanothus americanus)
May-June 42-43, 91-100, 138.4, 197, 211, 241, 328.6
Dodder or Love Vine
(Cuscuta rostrata)
Aug-Sep Common along roadside
Spiraca
(Spiraea japonica)
June-July 368-378
Oriental Bittersweet
(Celastrus orbiculatus)
May-June Aug-Sep (berry) 242.4, 383, 394, 396
Galax
(Galax urceolata)
May-July Common in deciduous forests, open rocky areas.
Fly Poison
(Amianthium muscaetoxicum)
May-July 210-216, 406-408
Phlox
(Phlox carolina)
May-July 4, 79-82, 163-164, 200-202, 219-221, 339.3 Picnic Area, 370-380
Columbine
(Aquilegia canadensis)
May-July 74-75, 339.3 Picnic Area, 370-378
Bladder Campion
(Silene vulgaris )
May-Aug 376-381
Queen Anne's Lace
(Daucus carota)
May-Sep Common along open fields and roadside.
Virginia Spiderwort
(Tradescantia subaspera)
Late May-July 85.8 Sharp Top Trail, 380-381
Mountain Laurel
(Kalmia latifolia)
Late May-June 130.5, 162.9, 347.9, 380, 400
Catawba Rhododendron
(Rhododendron catawbiense)
June 44.9, 77-83, 130.5, 138.6, 239, 247, 266.8, 348-350, 364.1
Viper's Bugloss
(Echium vulgare)
June 5-40
Sundrop
(Oenothera fruticosa)
June 8-10, 89-91, 229, 270.6, 351-352, 355-360, 370-375
Tree of Heaven
(Ailanthus altissima)
June
July-Oct (berry)
382, common along roadside in Virginia.
Goat's Beard
(Aruncus dioicus)
June 10-11, 24, 240, 337.6, 370-375
Butterfly Weed
(Asclepias tuberosa)
June-Aug 63-65, 238-246
Beard-Tongue
(Penstemon spp.)
June-July 44.4, 89-91, 154.5 Picnic Area, 254.4, 339-340, 370-372
American Elder
(Sambucus canadensis)
June-July 29, 85.8 Picnic Area, 136-138, 272-275, 311.2
Fragrant Thimbleberry
(Rubus odoratus)
June-July 18, 74.7, 339.3 Picnic Area 369-372, 406-408
White Rhododendron
(Rhododendron maximum)
June-July 162.9, 169 Picnic Area, 232-233, 339.3 PA, 352-353, 455-456
Sourwood
(Oxydendrum arboreum)
June-July 102-106, 231-232, 321-327, 375-380
Mountain Ash
(Sorbus americana)
June-July (bloom) Sep-Oct (berry) Higher elevation spruce-fir forests, Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Pisgah.
False Hellebore
(Adonis viride)
June-Aug 364.6, Craggy Gardens Nature Trails
Deptford Pink
(Dianthus armeria)
June-Aug Common along grassy roadsides.
Coreopsis
(Coreopsis pubescens)
June-Aug 29.6, 77, 157, 190, 306
Butter and Eggs
(Linaria vulgaris)
June-Aug Common along roadsides and waste places.
Turks-cap Lily
(Lilium superbum)
June-Aug 187.6, 364-368, 406-411
Mullein
(Verbascum thapsus)
June-Sep Common along roadside on dry banks.
Bull Thistle
(Cirsium vulgare)
Late June-frost Common alongroad sides & pastures at lower elevations.
Black Cohosh
(Cimicifuga racemosa)
July 6, 85.8 Picnic Area, 169 Picnic Area, 374
Tall Meadow-Rue
(Thalictrum polygamum)
July 85.8 PA, 155.2, 248
Fleabane
(Erigeron strigosus)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Ox-Eye Daisy
(Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Yarrow
(Achillea millefolium)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Black-Eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia hirta)
July Common in fields and along roadside.
Common Milkweed
(Asclepias syriaca)
July-Aug 85-86, 167-176
Bergamot Beebalm
(Monarda fistulosa)
July-Aug 38.8, 368-374
Tall Coneflower
(Rudbeckia laciniata)
July-Aug 36, 161.2, 228.1, 314, 359-368
Oswego Tea
(Monarda didyma)
July-Aug Common in wet areas at higher elevations.
Starry Campion
(Silene stellata)
July-Sep 378-380
Bellflower
(Campanula americana)
July-Sep 370-375
White Snakeroot
(Eupatorium rugosum)
July-Oct Common along roadside.
Jewel Weed
(Impatiens capensis)
Aug Common along roadside in wet areas.
Boneset
(Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Aug 29.1, 85.8 Picnic Area, 151, 247, 314
Ironweed
(Vernonia noveboracensis)
Aug 245, 248
Joe-Pye Weed
(Eupatorium purpureum)
Aug 6, 85.8 Picnic Area, 146, 248, 339.3 Picnic Area, 357-359
Pokeweed
(Phytolacca americana)
Aug 6, 74.7, 151, 239.9, 323, 376.9
Cardinal Flower
(Lobelia cardinalis)
Aug Frequently in wet places
Virgin's Bower
(Clematis virginiana)
Aug 13.1, 85.8 Picnic Area, 176.1, 285-289, 313-314
Blazing Star
(Liatris spicata)
Aug-Sep 305.1, 369-370
Sneezeweed
(Helenium autumnale)
Aug-Sep 29.1, 85.8 Picnic Area, 176.1, 229, 313-314
Angelica
(Angelica triquinata)
Aug-Sep 294.7, 339.5, 355, Craggy Gardens, Nature Trails
Nodding Lady Tresses
(Spiranthes cernua)
Aug-frost 365-368
Gentian
(Gentiana quinquefolia)
Late Aug-frost 85.8, 363-368
Goldenrod
(Solidago spp.)
Sep Common in fields and along roadside.
Aster
(Aster spp.)
Sep Common in fields and along roadside.
Yellow Ironweed
(Verbesina alternifolia)
Sep-Oct 6, 88, 154.5, 271.9, 330.8
Witch Hazel
(Hamamelis virginiana)
Late Sep-Oct 130.5, 293.3, 295.4, 305.1, 308.3, 339.5, 347.6, 367.7
 
 
home | contact us | blue ridge parkway store | other area resources                                           ©2000-2014 All Rights Reserved
Join Our Blue Ridge Parkway eNews List!
Enter Email:
  Featured Bookstore Product
Asheville Vacation Deals