Wildflower Report

Post date: 04/20/2017
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityWhat a difference a week can make at this time of the year! With the spring rains and warmer weather, the wildflowers are up in full force and heading for peak bloom around Boone now. All the usual suspects are making their appearance, including trilliums, bellworts, mayflowers, trout lilies and lots of others. The Fringed Phacelia along the Profile Trail was coming in strong last weekend and could quite possible be at peak bloom this weekend. The Large White Trilliums have started as well at the Daniel Boone...
Post date: 04/13/2017
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityThe number and variety of plants blooming in the woods keeps increasing with every day at this time of the year. However, we're still some time away from peak wildflower bloom in the Boone area. The colder days last weekend have caused a little bit of a delay, but with the warmer weather now and more spring rains coming up to water the plants, we should be seeing spring growth speeding up. The best areas to look for wildflowers are still the lower elevations at this point with not much blooming yet higher up in...
Post date: 04/06/2017
 The start of this year felt and looked like spring was arriving four weeks early in the High Country. Unfortunately, the ornamental cherries and magnolias on campus that started blooming at the end of February lost their flowers in the early March freeze we had. Fortunately though, the wildflowers were not affected by the unusually warm late winter temperatures followed by the deep freeze. They may still be a bit earlier than average this year but much closer to their normal schedule up here in the mountains. Easter weekend to early May should be a good time to plan some hikes to see...
Post date: 04/29/2016
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityIf 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. The phacelia is endemic to the Southern Appalachians and can form impressive carpets of flowers that look like snow on the forest floor, but it does not grow wild anywhere else in the world. Good places to see...
Post date: 04/22/2016
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityThis 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!Any of the State Parks in the area would be good places to visit for wildflowers,...
Post date: 04/15/2016
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityCome 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...
Post date: 04/16/2015
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityThe 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 at this time of year and spring wildflowers and new green are springing up everywhere. The forecast is calling for a break in the rain this weekend with the sun coming through and temperatures rising into the 70s on...
Post date: 06/18/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityWith 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 Appalachian Balds following the North Carolina – Tennessee border. If you go, be aware that the Rhododendron Festival is happening this weekend (June 21-22) at Roan Mountain State Park, so traffic up the mountain from...
Post date: 05/23/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityThe 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 higher elevations among the spruce and fir trees.The bright orange flowers of the Flame Azalea are now in full bloom along forest trails around Boone, and the pink-...
Post date: 05/16/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityCollege 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 late spring and early summer bloomers and flowering shrubs.Late spring flowers that have joined the party on the forest floor include the pink and red blossoms of Wild Geranium, Wild Columbine...
Post date: 05/09/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityWhat 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 areas they are starting to move past peak now and the upcoming rain may knock down some petals. The Mayapples have made their appearance just on time, and late spring flowers can be found in abundance now, along with the...
Post date: 05/02/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityThe 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 bloom.Some of the earliest bloomers such as Roundleaf Yellow Violet and Hepatica are fading now, but many others are just getting started. Wildflowers that have joined the party since last week include white and yellow violets, several of the...
Post date: 04/23/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityWildflower 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 hikers at lower elevations can expect to see an increasing array of wildflowers along the trails.The rich cove forests along the Profile Trail on Grandfather Mountain have come alive with the blooms of Hepatica, Roundleaf Yellow...
Post date: 04/17/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityAfter 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 and over the weekend suffered a set-back. While closed buds are well protected during a late frost, open flowers are much more sensitive and temperatures below 28-29 degrees...
Post date: 04/11/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityCold mornings in the High Country are still slowing down the start of spring wildflower season around Boone, but the first bloomers are out along the hiking trails. Round-leaved Yellow Violet (Viola rotundifolia) can be found in abundance, for example along the Cascades Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park offers Hepatica, Spring Beauties, Bloodroot, and Cutleaf Toothwort along with the first violets, and the first trout lilies have reportedly started flowering...
Post date: 04/04/2014
 By Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Department of Biology, Appalachian State UniversityThis week begins a series of wildflower bloom reports for Boone and the High Country. After a long winter, it is nice to see the first flowers out and about on walks in the area. Wildflower season has been slow to get started this year, but this week we've had much warmer temperatures and nature has responded eagerly. Blooms are further along already in the lower elevations and further south in Asheville and the Smoky Mountains, but we're finally also seeing the first bloomers out in the woods around Boone and...