Welcome to Virginia Wildflowers!

Virginia Wildflowers is a natural history photo gallery and casual field guide to wildflowers and mushrooms. I live in Southwest Virginia, so most of my photos were taken in this part of the state.

I’ve been taking photos of local wildflowers for five years now. I try to capture close-ups of leaves, stems and flowers with my digital camera, and then I post the photos along with basic natural history information. I recently reordered the species by season (at least roughly), so hopefully they will be easier to search now. If you look at the page called “All Wildflowers”, spring flowers are roughly at the top of the list, followed by summer flowers in the middle of the list, and fall flowers and mushrooms are near the bottom.

My goal in making this site was to teach myself about native wildflowers in my home area.  An added benefit would be to help someone else (–maybe you?) learn the same. Drop me a note if you have a comment or question, and please feel free to correct my I.D. work if you think I’ve got something misidentified. This is a hobby for me and I’m always learning.

If you arrived here because you are looking for information about a specific plant, try using the SEARCH widget at the top of the page. Common names and latin names can be entered there. If you would just like to browse what is on the website, try scanning the “All Flowers” page.

Most of my posts contain photo gallery/slideshows, so please be sure to click on the gallery to open a larger viewer.

Welcome to Virginia Wildflowers! I hope you enjoy your visit!

26 thoughts on “Welcome to Virginia Wildflowers!

  1. Love your posts! Great source of local wildflowers. I am in Chilhowie, Virginia, and just beginning to learn about all the wonderful wildflowers in the area.

  2. I like the site but can’t find the flower I saw last week in the Jefferson National forest. Can I send you a picture?

  3. Appreciate your site. We hiked to The Cascades yesterday (5/2/14) and saw a riot of Trillium-whites, pinks, and an almost-open red/maroon. Jack was unfolding, not quite open and yellow Large Flower Bellwort which almost escaped attention, hanging beneath its leaves. Tiny garter snake wiggled across the trail. Thanks for help in identifying and will read/ENJOY further your excellent offerings!
    Pat in Roanoke

    1. I’ve got to get up there! The Cascades Trail is a wonderful place to see Appalachian Mountain wildflowers in springtime…thanks for the reminder!

      Thanks for your comments!

      1. Hi Pat,

        Thanks for the offer. I think I’d like that. I’m a slow walker, especially with my camera in tow, but I do try to get out often in the spring and summer. I’ll keep your number. If you are heading out somewhere, let me know and I’ll try to join you too.

  4. I was just visiting in Charlottesville and took some photos of wild flowers I was unfamiliar with. If I emailed or texted them to you, would you be willing to take a look and hazard a guess? Thanks.

  5. LOVE YOUR SITE!!! I was walking in Scotts Run Nature Preserve today and found this tall architectural plant with leaves that sort of remind me of Blue Cohash but was wondering if I sent you some pics would you be able to ID it?

  6. Hi Gloria!
    I just wanted to say I enjoyed meeting you yesterday at the Cellar-and didn’t realize until after I left that this is your blog (Carl informed me). I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now and find myself traveling to the same locations as you to see the wildflowers you’ve identified. Your blog has been immensely helpful and inspiring, so thanks for sharing!

  7. We just returned.from a trip to Eagle Rock, VA and a hike.to Roaring Run park. We saw wintergreen, rhodies, ferns, hemlock saplings, and several seemingly orchid-like flowering plants just opening. The leaves ran from solid green to silver/grey with purple spots and one plant with purple stripes. The flowers were white, bright yellow, and purple respectively.

    I took pictures and would love to send them to you to see of you could id them.

    Thank you for your work on this site, what a great idea!!!

  8. Hi! I am driving myself nuts trying to identify something I spotted off the Creeper Trail in Taylor’s Valley. It was close to the creek and in a shady part of the forest. Let me try to describe it and maybe you can solve this mystery for me!

    It did not look like a plant or a fungus but something in between. It was growing in a circular patch almost like a ring. Each ‘plant’ was reddish-orange to reddish-brown in color and looked almost like a little red Christmas tree. The height of the individual ‘stalks’ was approx 4″ tall and each one had little brown nodules on it. It looked exotic and scary at the same time!! At the top of each was a star-like flat crown and the first thought I had was to wish I had my camera.

    I’m sure it must have been something common to the area but I had never seen anything like it. I looked up references to fairy, gypsy, and even baby rhubarb with no success. If you can get an idea from my poor description, it would greatly please me.

    Thank you!

  9. I just discovered your website. What a treasure! I am attempting to turn my unruly backyard into a native Virginia woodland retreat. You’ve given me loads of inspiration and information. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Carolyn! I have about 7 acres, mostly woods, and I’m interested in woodland gardening too. I’ve been spreading wildflower seeds for a few years now, and it is coming along. It is nice to be able to find native flowers in your own backyard. Hope the website will be a resource for you!

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