To see the best color, Tennessee’s wildflowers at their most vivid, take a hike, a wildflower walk or pilgrimage or a drive. Learn our rare plants, how to identify wildflowers and our spring ephemerals.
Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, often referred to as “Wildflower National Park,” a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity. More than 1,660 types of flowering plants are found in the park, more than any other North American national park. From early hepaticas to late-blooming asters, flowers decorate the park year-round.
Other notable Tennessee wildflower gazing opportunities are: Standing Stone State Park, Cades Cove, Abrams Falls, the Chimneys picnic area, Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail, Taylor Hollow Preserve, Percy Warner Park, Beaman Park, Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail, Edwin Warner Park, Roan Mountain Highlands, Shakerag Hollow on the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee, Noah “Bud” Ogle Nature Trail, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Land Between the Lakes, Long Hunter State Park, Edgar Evins State Park, Frozen Head State Park, Reelfoot Lake State Park,South Cumberland Recreation Area and Cherokee National Forest.
Across the state, among our head-turning floral display, you will find: Gray’s Lily, Three-leaved Cinquefoil, Dwarf Crested Iris, Purple and Fringed Phacelia, Shooting Star, Fire Pink, Celadine Poppy, Showy Orchis, Speckled Wood Lily, Pink and Yellow Lady Slipper, Painted Trillium, Creeping Phlox, Rose Verbena, Nashville Breadroot, Tennessee Milk-Vetch, White Blue-Eyed Grass, Missouri Evening Primrose, Yellow Trout Lilies, Purple Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Bloodroot, Bird Foot Violet, Foam Flower, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Sweet William, Wild Iris, Lily of the Valley, Mayapple, Purple Catawba, Bluebells, Joe-Pye Weed, Indian Pipe, Dutchman Breeches, Fairy Candle, Rattlesnake Orchid, White and Yellow Solomon Seal, Star of Bethlehem, Wild Ginger and many, many more breathtaking flowers.