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Old Jul 9, 2014, 8:13 PM   #1
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Well, it's been a GREAT summer for green and blooming things here in the hills of Tennessee. Here are a few samples, from many recent trail miles...

Black-Eyed Susan, Moth Mullein and Common Mullein are some of the commonest summer meadow flowers here in East Tennessee. No challenge finding or photographing these!
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But Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis) is a rather scarce little flower, only found at a few high-elevation shady damp forests - like Unaka mountain.
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And here's an oddball member of the Milkweed family - a viny milkweed called Climbing Milkvine. This was a first-time record for our county...
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Another rare and odd plant is Eastern Turkeybeard. Only found at a few high-elevation, dry and sunny spots - like Firescald Knob.
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Flame Azaleas are one of our brightest summer flowers of the mountains. Roan Mountain and Gregory Bald are full of them, but it's always a nice surprise to find an individual blooming azalea deep in the woods on some other mountain - like Viking Mt.
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Here's a close relative of azalea. It's Catawba Rhododendron. At Roan Mt there are acres of blooming Catawbas. Here on Camp Creek, just a few individuals accent the green hills.
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On a recent hunt for a rare lady's slipper (which we did not find), we did find a new record for this species of Beard Tongue. Looks like a pretty appropriate name, doesn't it...
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And Bluets are everywhere in the high elevation summer meadows.
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But Carolina Roses thrive in the low elevation wet meadows.
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Let's end with a few non-flowering plants - some ferns from Limestone Cove and from Viking Mt.
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