Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park May 31 2017

Shenandoah National Park

Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is a wildflower haven nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains in the State of Virginia. Every year, brilliant and determined wildflowers emerge through the forest floor to begin the spring season. There are so many different wildflowers found here, by land area, Virginia is said to have more wildflower species than any other state.

Flowers can be seen most of the year, with a majority of the spectacle happening in Spring, Summer, and even into the Fall. Common flowers that can be seen early in the season include hepatica and bloodroot, soon followed by wild geraniums. The photo below is the white bloodroot flower, with its bright yellow center. This flower is native to the Eastern United States and is even said to have some medicinal qualities.

Late spring and summer in Shenandoah National Park is characterized by a variety of different wildflowers, but Quaker ladies, pink azaleas, and milkweed are a few of the most common. The photo below is one of the milkweed varieties that can be found here.

 

In this park, wildflowers can be seen late into the fall season as the goldenrods and wild sunflowers spring to life. The goldenrods are in the aster family and, although not a vibrant, they can even be seen into the winter months as seen in the second photo below.

 

Hiking in the park is a must, and there are a variety of trails that let you see the wildflowers at your own pace. Trails such as the Lands Run Falls Trail are great hikes for children, and make a great family trip to the park. You can spend the day identifying wildflowers, spotting local wildlife, and enjoying quality family time together while slowing down and getting back in touch with nature.

Other trails offer more of a strenuous hike, like the very difficult Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail. This popular trail requires incredible endurance and strength due to the various rock scrambling sections on the trail. Regardless of your activity level, hiking in Shenandoah National Park offers incredible views of wildflowers and making spectacular memories.

As within any national park, wildflowers are protected. It is recommended to please respect nature by not picking wildflowers and refrain from trampling delicate flora by keeping to trails. This way we can ensure the survival of the ecosystem for years to come.

 

Seedles are a great way to easily grow wildflowers at your home. We have a wildflower blend specifically picked for your area so you can enjoy flowers that will grow the best in your backyard. Seedles are rainbow colored seed balls that can be thrown on the ground, and will sprout into beautiful wildflowers. Or they can be carefully planted to bring joy and happiness to your own space. Learn more about Seedles.