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Outdoors Spring blossoms bring color to WNC

Plants expected to produce unusually vibrant colors, due to the mild winter and rainy weather

Springtime in Western North Carolina displays a beautiful illustration of color that lasts throughout the Summer.

The plants and trees are beginning to produce flowers which display vibrant colors such as pink, yellow, red, purple, blue, gold, and orange, which will exhibit more color than usual, due to weather conditions.

Fall in WNC is famous for its gorgeous display of multicolored foliage, but Spring delivers different types of colors from the wildflowers and blossoming plants, which are just as breathtaking as the fall foliage.

“Many travelers come to Haywood County to see the flowers throughout the year,” explains Lynn Collins, Director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. “The colors during the spring are truly breathtaking, much like the fall foliage.”

If you are planning to make a trip to Western North Carolina this year, below you will find a list of bloom times for various plants in the area, with many of them budding in the spring and blossoming throughout the summer:

March & April

Over sixty different flowers and plants grow during the springtime. Here’s a few you can expect to see:

• Trout Lilly, Bloodroot , Jack In The Pulpit, Oconee Bells, Dwarf Iris, Lark Spur, Wild Strawberry, Showy Orchid, Dogwood, and Red Bud.

May & June

The summer also brings many types of flowering plants and trees, here are a few:

• Catawba Rhododendron, Wild Hydrangea, Sundrops, Galax, Houstonia, Flowering Raspberry, Bull Thistle and Coreopsis.

July - September

Late summer displays even more blossoming plants and flowers:

• Black Eyed Susan, Milk Weed, Bee Palm, Bell Flower, Turtle Head, Cardinal Flower, and Goldenrod.

"Tourists want to know in advance what is blooming in order to plan their trip,” said Collins. “Since blooming depends a lot on weather and elevation, there is no exact schedule. However, with all the variety that we now have in flowers and trees, you can always see some vibrant colors from Spring to Fall, no matter when you come.”


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