Flame Azalea – Native Plant of the Day 05/29/2017
Photo from 05/30/2004. Location: Big Frog Mountain, Polk County, TN.
More info / photos at the Rhododendron calendulaceum detail page.
Flame Azalea – Rhododendron calendulaceum
Pink Azalea – Native Plant of the Day 04/14/2017
Photo from 04/26/2008. Location: Grundy County, TN.
More photos / info at the Rhododendron periclymenoides detail page.
Pink Azalea; Pinxter Flower – Rhododendron periclymenoides
Florida Pinxter – Native Plant of the Day 02/06/2017
Photo from April 26, 2008. Location: Grundy County, TN.
More photos/info at the Rhododendron canescens detail page.
Florida Pinxter, Mountain Azalea, Pink Azalea, Hoary Azalea – Rhododendron canescens
Rosebay Rhododendron – Native Plant of the Day 01/11/2017
Photo from May 30, 2009. Location: Union County, GA.
More photos / info at the Rhododendron maximum detail page.
Rosebay Rhododendron, Great Laurel – Rhododendron maximum
Catawba Rhododendron – Native Plant of the Day 01/12/2016
Photo from June 18, 2005. Location: GSMNP, TN. More photos / info at the
Rhododendron catawbiense detail page.
Catawba Rhododendron, Mountain Rosebay,Purple Rhododendron – Rhododendron catawbiense
My wife, two granddaughters, and I spent the week prior to July 4 in and around the western part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We spent four nights dry camping in our motorhome in the Park’s Cosby Campground – a beautiful place – and then moved for the final three nights to a nice RV park about halfway between Cosby Campground and Gatlinburg.
Sydney crosses Cosby Creek on our Low Gap Trail hike.
While it isn’t springtime in the Smokies, there were still a lot of wildflowers to be seen. I thought I’d share photos of a few of them,
four three of which are “lifers” for me (in my haste I originally identified the white Monarda as Monarda bradburiana; I now believe it to be Monarda clinopodia.)