Showy Blooms of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is home to many unique species of flowers and shrubs that can not be found in many other locations around the world! From Catawba Rhododendron to Fire Pink flowers, there are many natural beauties to see in this region.  Here are some of the most popular Spring and Summer blooms that you may see in the area! 

SHRUBS

Catawba Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiense)

catawba rhododredron

A medium shrub with pink to purple flowers growing above 3000 feet on exposed ridges. June-Early July

 

Rosebay Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)

Rosebay Rhododendron

Also called White Rhododendron, this is a large shrub with white to pink flowers, over a wide range of elevations. June-July

 

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum)

Flame Azalea

A medium shrub with bright organce to red flowers. Azaleas are in the rhododendron family. June-July

 

Wild Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)

Wild Hydrangea

A medium shrub with large clusters of white flowers. May-August

 

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

Mountain Laurel

A medium shrub with pink flowers. June-July

 

Pinxter Flower (Rhododendron nudiflorum)

Pinxter Flower

A medium shrub with pink honeysuckle-like flowers, common at lower elevations. April-May

 

FLOWERS 

Fire Pink (Silene virginica)

Fire Pink Flower

This 6-20 inch plant has bright red flowers up to 1-1/2 inches wide. April-June

 

 

Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus)

Goat's Beard

3-5 feet tall with flower plumes 3-5 inches wide and 6-10 inches long. May-June

 

 

Bluets (Houstonia species)

Bluets

3-6 inches tall with many small 4-petal flowers, light to dark blue. Bluets sometimes grow in large beds. May-August

 

 

Turks-Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

Turks Cap Lily

 

6 to 10 feet tall with flowers 2-4 inches wide with a green star at center. The Carolina Lily (L. michauxii) is similar but lacks the green star and bears fewer flowers. July-August

 

 

Large-Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Large Flowered Trillium

The largest of several trilliums found along the parkway, grows to about 15 inches. Trilliums have 3 leaves and a single 3-petal flower. April-May

 

 

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma also called Oswego Tea)

Bee Balm

2-5 feet tall with bright red 2-inch flowers. Wild Bergamot is similar but pink. July-August

 

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