Wildflower Report

Wildflower Report, April 29, 2016

If you were planning on going for a wildflower hike, this is the weekend to go! You can find many of the most iconic spring wildflowers in the High Country in bloom right now, including trilliums of various shapes and colors as well as bellworts, phlox, dogwood, jack-in-the-pulpit and white fringed phacelia. Read more.

Wildflower Report, April 22, 2016

This time of year is wildflower season in the High Country around Boone, but it has been a slow start this year especially on dryer mountain slopes. A heavy frost two weekends ago followed by a dry spell means many of the early bloomers have been held back and haven’t developed their full bloom potential yet. We are finally getting some much-needed rain today, so hopefully new spring blooms will be popping up everywhere this weekend! Read more

Wildflower Report, April 15, 2016

Come join a group of biology instructors for a spring wildflower walk and tour of the Appalachian State University Nature Preserve at 1 PM this Saturday, April 16, at Open House and learn what’s blooming! We’ll meet in front of the Geology Museum in the lobby of Rankin Science South.

The wildflowers had an early start this year with another mild March, but a late freeze last weekend slowed them down a bit so this is the perfect weekend to still see some of the early spring ephemerals in bloom. Here at the Nature Preserve, you can find violets in various colors, Star Chickweed, Bloodroot, Cutleaf Toothwort, Bluets and many more coming up. Spring Beauties, Creeping Phlox, Trout Lilies, Wake Robins, and Dutchman’s Breeches are currently in bloom along the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park, and the first White Trilliums are just opening up their large blooms at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens in town. Read more


Wildflower Report, April 16, 2015

The spring rains are back, and so are the flowers! After a cold February with subzero temperatures in Boone, we have had a mild March so far with lots of rain moving through this week. While this is not the most pleasant weather for a long hike, being watered well is exactly what the plants need... read more

Wildflower Report, June 18, 2014

With the official start of summer this weekend, the Catawba Rhododendron bloom for this year is drawing to a close with the grand finale up at the highest elevations. This week is the best time of the year to see them in peak bloom on Roan Mountain and along the Appalachian Trail across the Southern... read more

Wildflower Report, May 23, 2014

The trees have greened up nicely along the Blue Ridge Parkway and spring has reached the mountain tops. Most of the spring ephemerals at the lower elevations are gone by now with a few, like Star Chickweed, still stubbornly holding on despite being shaded by the trees. Nice displays of spring flowers such as Painted Trillium can still be found at the high...read more

Wildflower Report, May 16, 2014

College life has gotten quieter since final exam week ended with Commencement Ceremonies last weekend, but nature around town is showing no signs of slowing down. The flowering trees are putting up spectacular displays along the Blue Ridge Parkway, with the biggest flowers belonging to the Fraser Magnolia. They are joined by...read more

Wildflower Report, May 9, 2014

What a great week for spring wildflowers in the High Country! A lot of the ephemerals are in peak bloom this week, including Fringed Phacelia along the Profile Trail and Great White Trillium wherever it grows in the woods. There is still time to see these in full bloom this weekend, though in some...read more

Wildflower Report, May 2, 2014

The wildflowers are in full swing now in the High Country. If you haven’t had a chance yet to take a forest walk to see the flowers, this weekend all the way through next weekend should be a great time to see many of the Southern Appalachian’s famous spring ephemerals at peak...read more

Wildflower Report, April 23, 2014

Wildflower season finally seems to have reached the High Country around Boone. All around town and along the Parkway the Serviceberry trees and Flowering Dogwoods are in bloom now. The first Large White Trilliums and Virginia Bluebells can be found at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, and... read more

Wildflower Report, April 17, 2014

After last weekend treated us to a few warm and sunny spring days, winter returned this week for another visit to the High Country. Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday night dropped well below freezing into the low twenties and brought snow in the higher elevations. Many of the shrubs and trees that had just started flowering last week... read more

Featured Faculty

For the Fall 2016 installment of our Featured Faculty series, we sat down with Dr. Mary Kinkel, an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, who specializes in Developmental Biology. Her philosophy of teaching and a short description of her research make for fascinating read! 

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