Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflowers and Bloom Schedule



The bloom peak occurs within the dates indicated. Bloom peaks along the Parkway in Virginia are usually earlier than in North Carolina due to lower elevation. The selected locations are referenced to Parkway milepost markers beginning with Milepost 0 at Rockfish Gap in Virginia and ending at Milepost 469 in North Carolina. The letters PA represent Picnic Areas.

Flowers Peak Bloom Milepost Location
Skunk Cabbage (Sympocarpus foetidus) Feb-Mar 176.1, 185.8, 217.0
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Feb-June Common along roadside.
Dwarf Iris (Iris Verna) Mar-Apr 260.5
Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) Mar-Apr Craggy PA
Spring Beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) Mar-Apr Craggy PA
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) Mar-Apr 76.2-76.4, 296-297, 315-317, 320.8, 339.5
Serviceberry-Sarvis (Amelanchier arborea) Mar-May 241-242, 294-297, 308.3, 347.6, 368-370
Silver-Bell Tree (Halesia carolina) Mar-May 344.1-355.3
Birdfoot Violet (Viola pedata) Mar-May 147.4, 202, 260.5, 379
Buttercups (Rannunculus hispidus) Mar-June Common along roadside
Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis) Apr-May Craggy PA, 458.2- Heintooga Spur Rd.
Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) Apr-May Common in low woods and coves.
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) Apr-May 369-371
Great Chickweed (Stellaria pubera) Apr-May Common in rich, moist woods.
Soloman’s Seal (Polyganatum biflorum) Apr-May Common on moist wooded slopes, coves.
Fringed Phacelia (Phacelia fimbriata) Apr-May 370-375
Bloodroot (Sanguinara canadensis) Apr-May 85.6, 191-193, 198.7, 294
Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) Apr-May 100-123, 381-382, 396, 400
Golden Groundsel (Senecio aureus) Apr-May 29.1, 85.8 PA, 330-340
Pinxter Flower (Rhododendron nudiflorum) Apr-May 4, 92-97, 138.6, 145.5, 154.5 PA, 162.9, 211.6, 217-222, 350-351, 412-423
Heal All (Prunella vulgaris) Apr-First Frost Common along roadside
Trillium (Trillium spp.) Apr-May 175, 200-216, 339-340, 364.6
Fetterbush (Leucothoc racemosa) Late Apr-May 241.1, 379
Redbud (Cercia canadensis) Late Apr-May 54-68
Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) Apr-June 367.6 PA, 458.2
Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia) Apr-June 296.9, 339.5, 367.7 PA
False Soloman’s Seal (Smilacina racemosa) Apr-June Common along roadside
Black Locust (Robinia pseudo-acacia) Apr-June 100-123, 367-368, 383
Witch Hobble-Hobblebush (Vibumum alnifolium) Apr-June 295.5, 362-367, higher elevations in rich, moist woods.
Carolina Rhododendron (Rhododendron minus) Late Apr-June 308-310, 404-411
Dogwood (Cornus florida) May 6, 85.8 PA, 154.5 PA, 230-232, 217-219, 378-282
Large Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) May 3-7, 64-85, 154.5 PA, 168-169, 175, 330-340, 370-375
Fraser Magnolia (Magnolia fraseri) May 173-174, 252-253
Bluets (Houstonia spp.) May-June 200.2, 355-368 PA
Field Hawkweed (Hieracium pratense) May-June 6, 78.4, 165.5, 229.5, 325-330
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) May-June 84-86, 170-172, 211.6, 375
Hawthorne (Crataegus spp.) May-June 155-176, 365.6, 368
Small’s Groundsel (Senecio smallii) May-June 29.1, 85.8 PA, 330-340
Bristly Locust (Robinia hispida) May-June 167-174, 308.3, 347.9
Pinkshell (Rhododendron vaseyi) May-June 305.2, 342-343, 349-351, 419-424
Red Berried Elder (Sambucus pubens) May-June 355-360, 369, 412-425, higher elevations in rich, moist woods.
Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum) May-June 138.6, 144-145, 149.5, 164-166, 217-221, 308-310, 368-380, 412-423
Fire Pink PA, (Silene virginica) May-June 1-2, 85.8 PA, 154.5 241 PA, 339.3 PA, 367-375, 404-408
Allegheny Blackberry (Rubus allegheniesis) May-June 6, 167.2, 239.9, 305-315, 339.5, 367.6
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) May-June Common along roadside in dry, rocky areas.
Bowman’s Root (Gillenia trifoliata) May-June 24-25, 149.5, 260, 332, 368-369
Bead Lily (Clintonia unbellulata) May-June Common in rich, moist deciduous woods.
New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) May-June 42-43, 91-100, 138.4, 197, 211, 241, 328.6
Dodder or Love Vine (Cuscuta rostrata) Aug-Sep Common along roadside
Spiraca (Spiraca japonica) June-July 368-378
Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) May-June Aug-Sep (berry) 242.4, 383, 394, 396
Galax (Galax aphylla) May-July Common in deciduous forests, open rocky areas.
Fly Poison (Amianthium muscaetoxicum) May-July 210-216, 406-408
Phlox (Phlox carolina) May-July 4, 79-82, 163-164, 200-202, 219-221, 339.3 PA, 370-380
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) May-July 74-75, 339.3 PA, 370-378
Bladder Campion (Silene cucubalus) May-Aug 376-381
Bladder Campion (Silene cucubalus) May-Aug 376-381
Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) May-Sep Common along open fields and roadside
Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia subaspera) Late May-July 85.8 Sharp Top Trail, 380-381
Buttercups (Rannunculus hispidus) Mar-June Common along roadside
Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) Late May-June 130.5, 162.9, 347.9, 380, 400
Catawba Rhododendron (Rhododendron catawbiesne) June 44.9, 77-83, 130.5, 138.6, 239, 247, 266.8, 348-350, 364.1
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare) June May-40
Sundrop (Oenothera fruticosa) June 8-10, 89-91, 229, 270.6, 351-352, 355-360, 370-375
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) June July-Oct (berry) 382, common along roadside in Virginia.
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) June July-Oct (berry) 382, common along roadside in Virginia.
Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus) June 10-11, 24, 240, 337.6, 370-375
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) June-Aug 63-65, 238-246
Beard-Tongue (Penstemon spp.) June-July 44.4, 89-91, 154.5 PA, 254.4, 339-340, 370-372
American Elder (Sambucus canadensis) June-July 29, 85.8 PA, 136-138, 272-275, 311.2
Fragrant Thimbleberry (Rubus odoratus) June-July 18, 74.7, 339.3 PA 369-372, 406-408
White Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) June-July 162.9, 169 PA, 232-233, 339.3 PA, 352-353, 455-456
Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) June-July 102-106, 231-232, 321-327, 375-380
Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana) June-July (bloom) Sep-Oct (berry) Higher elevation spruce-fir forests, Mt. Mitchell, Mt. Pisgah.
False Hellebore June-Aug 364.6, Craggy Gardens
Deptford Pink (Dianthus aemeria) June-Aug Common along grassy roadsides.
Coreopsis (Coreopsis pubescens) June-Aug 29.6, 77, 157, 190, 306
Butter and Eggs (Linaria vulgaris) June-Aug Common along roadsides and waste places.
Turkscap Lily (Lilium superbum) June-Aug 187.6, 364-368, 406-411
Mullein (Verbasxum thapsus) June-Sep Common along roadside on dry banks.
Bull Thistle (Carduus lanceolatus) Late June-frost Common alongroad sides and pastures at lower elevations.
Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) July 6, 85.8 PA, 169 PA, 374
Tall Meadow-Rue (Thalictrum polygamum) July 85.8 PA, 155.2, 248
Fleabane (Erigeron strigosus) July Common in fields and along roadside.
Ox-Eye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) July Common in fields and along roadside.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) July Common in fields and along roadside.
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) July Common in fields and along roadside.
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) July-Aug 85-86, 167-176
Bergamot Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa) July-Aug 38.8, 368-374
Tall Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) July-Aug 36, 161.2, 228.1, 314, 359-368
Oswego Tea (Monarda didyma) July-Aug Common in wet areas at higher elevations.
Starry Campion (Silene stellata) July-Sep 378-380
Bellflower (Campanula americana) July-Sep 370-375
White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) July-Oct Common along roadside.
Jewel Weed (Impatiens capensis) Aug Common along roadside in wet areas.
Boneset (Eupatorium rugosum) Aug 29.1, 85.8 PA, 151, 247, 314
Ironweed (Venonia noveboracensis) Aug 245, 248
Joe-Pye-Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) Aug 6, 85.8 PA, 146, 248, 339.3 PA, 357-359
Pokeberry (Phytolacca americana) Aug 6, 74.7, 151, 239.9, 323, 376.9
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) Aug Infrequently in wet places
Virgins Bower (Clematis virginiana) Aug 131.1, 85.8 PA, 176.1, 285-289, 313-370
Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) Aug-Sep 305.1, 369-370
Angelica (Angelica triquinata) Aug-Sep 294.7, 339.5, 355, Craggy Gardens, Nature Trails
Nodding Lady Tresses (Spiranthes cernua) Aug - First Frost 365-368
Gentian (Gentiana quinquefolia) Aug - First Frost 85.8, 363-368
Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) Sep Common in fields and along roadside.
Aster (Aster spp.) Sep Common in fields and along roadside.
Yellow Ironweed (Actinomeris alternifolia) Sep-Oct 6, 88, 154.5, 271.9, 330.8
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Late Sep-Oct 130.5, 293.3, 295.4, 305.1, 308.3, 339.5, 347.6, 367.7
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