This has been the summer of non-stop plant identification, critter watching, and mushroom hunting. I wanted to compile a list of the beautiful and diverse species seen while climbing or hiking around our area. I’ve tried to include the scientific name as well as common name and uses if applicable.


These are wildflowers & other plants I’ve documented and seen in our area somewhat recently.

(Definitely still a work in progress!)


  • Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum): one of 12
    native azaleas (deciduous rhododendrons) in the mountains/
    piedmont region. They seemed to flower in late May/June, at
    least for our higher elevation. Seen everywhere at Grandmother
    Boulders, hiking, etc…

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): in the Sunflower family, the genus name
    honors the Greek hero Achilles, who was known to have saved many
    soldiers’ lives by applying this plant to their wounds. Was also used
    in the American Civil War to treat wounds/stop bleeding.

  • Galax (Galax urceolata): litters Grandmother! A low-growing evergreen
    perennial and the only species in the genus Galax. White-tailed deer will
    brose the leaves in the winter, especially if other food items are in short supply.
    There was concern about the leaves being exploited excessively for the floristry industry  and is restricted in some areas.

Following identified (with photo and cool facts coming soon):

  • Squawroot
  • Catawba rhododendron
  • appalachian dodder
  • jack in the pulpit (gma and lost cove)
  • black cohosh
  • white snakeroot(?)
  • yellow/orange jewelweed
  • cardinal flower (gorge)
  • yellow lady slipper
  • bloodroot (bald, gma)
  • mayapple
  • vasey’s trillium (gma)
  • joe pye weed
  • indian pipe
  • black eyed susan
  • mountain spiderwort
  • pokeweed
  • goldenrod

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