Late Spring Mountain Wildflowers

With the recent rains and warmer humid weather both the Mountain Laurel and Flame Azalea are in robust bloom in the Smokies. They can be seen both in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and along back country roads through out the area.
The Mountain Laurel has either white or pink bell shape blossoms and is often found in rocky areas. The Flame Azalea, displaying bright orange flowers, happens to be one the very important parent plants to many of today’s hybrid varieties.

Mountain Laurel along Sevier County back road

Mountain Laurel along Sevier County back road

Pink Mountain Laurel along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Pink Mountain Laurel along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

White Mountain Laurel Blossoms

White Mountain Laurel Blossoms

Flame Azalea along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

Flame Azalea along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail