Saturday, April 11, 2009

Purple Phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida)

I went to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Wednesday to capture some last snow photos. I think I waited one day too late. I did get some snow photos, but I was more excited about the wildflowers.
I stopped on the way home at the Chestnut Top Trail
and was able to photograph some wildflowers.

The Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers book says this about the Purple Phacelia..."Reaching a height of 12 to 24 inches, this is the tallest of the four phacelias in the Smokies. Purple phacelia blooms in April and May. It is found in some abundance at the start of the Chestnut Top Trail and along Park roads and trails from the valleys up to 2,000 feet elevation."

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11 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What a prety flower,so delicate looking.I'd say these are better than a lot of snow right now.
Blessings,Ruth

Denise said...

It is exciting to see the wildflowers. Sorry you were too late to get your snow photos but these are beautiful, love your photos.

Bird Girl said...

Boy..that purple just looks so nice against all the new greens! I really like these flowers - nice photos, Leedra!

Mildred said...

What a refreshing photo! The green with the purple is just so Spring-like. Beautiful.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How gorgeous, Leedra. Where is the Chestnut Top Trail????

To be honest, I've never paid much attention to the wild flowers in the Smokies. I need to start LOOKING.

That Phacelia is beautiful.. I especially like the 2nd one.

Have a wonderful Easter.
Hugs,
Betsy

T said...

Gorgeous!! I love spring (and the mountians just manage to make it even better).

T

Leedra said...

Betsy - At the Townsend parking lot (right beyond it you either turn right to Cades cover or left to Gatlinburg) there is a small trail going up the side of the mountain. That is it. I did not go up it a 1/4 of a mile because I was needing to get home to get ready for work.

lisaschaos said...

I see wildflowers as little presents/surprises when I'm out on the trails. Love them!

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful photographs of these lovely flowers. I do so love the mountain wildflowers and you captured them beautifully.

Shellmo said...

These purple flowers do pop against this greenery!

Pam said...

The wildflowers are beautiful. Love the photos.

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