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My observations and fascinations go way beyond wildflowers. I'm doing my best to expand this site, but it definitely needs a rebuild to accomodate everything I've got (including better pictures) make the navigation easy, and make space for comments and contributors! Meanwhile, in addition to the wildflower guide that forms the bulk of this site, you can check out the following too:

17-Year Cicadas 2008




Magicicada septendecim Luna Moth Pseudacris crucifer Spring Peeper Ladybug


Cinnamon colored Raccoon      


My New Passion: Eco-Friendly Clothes

What am I wearing? Eco-friendly socks, of course! Until I received some of these socks as a gift, I was totally unfamiliar with how clothing can be made from recycled yarns - yarn created from the scraps left over from clothing manufacturing - which normally goes to waste. I highly recommend these official Sierra Club socks. They're comfortable, durable, affordable, and perfect for walking or hiking. They're made by Parker Legwear in Old Fort NC, and you can buy them online at www.parkerlegwear.com. Here's a video explaining how their eco-friendly socks are made:

Growing Native Wildflowers

Finally, after ten years of planting and watching my garden grow, I can safely write about my own experiences with native Southern Appalachian mountain woodland plants. Please scroll down for the list, pictures, and links to information pages.

The BEST source of information for you and your own garden is a nursery or expert in your own area, because it's all about location, location, location - but here are the plants that are doing consistently well in my own small garden. Most can be obtained from reputable nurseries - please see my Plant Sources Page. Please choose your sources carefully!

I also recommend the books by Peter Loewer, an award-winning and internationally-recognized author and illustrator of over 30 published books on plants, gardening, and successfully growing just about anything, anywhere. Visit his site at www.TheWildGardener.com!

In My Garden

Visit the Guide pages for many more native NC wildlfowers.


Ramps - spreading well on their own, with no attention


Hepatica - a healthy clump

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone - doing fine but not spreading


Cut-Leaved Toothwort - doing well and spreading

Trout Lily

Trout Lily - I didn't plant them, I have a huge colony near the house

Claytonia virginica

Narrow-Leaved Spring Beauty - gradually seeding and spreading

Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium - doing well and spreading


Larkspur - only one, but it's doing fine

Nodding Trillium

"Nodding" Trillium - it shouldn't be doing well here, but it is.Hasn't multiplied yet though.

Catesby's Trillium

Catesby's Trillium - doing fine, and plants are strengthening. I might have a new seedling this year.

Large-Flowered Trillium

Large-Flowered Trillium - doing well, and plants strengthening.

Erect Trillium

Erect Trilliums - doing well, and spreading on their own

Large-Flowered Bellwort

Large-Flowered Bellwort a healthy cluster - not sure if they are expanding from root or from seed.

Crested iris

Crested Iris - easy! very versatile and spreads quickly on its own

Columbine - readily seeds.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan - doing fine in a dry spot



Fire Pink - grows wild, likes poor dry soil

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart - doing very well in shady spot, spreading on its own



My garden is located at 2400 feet elevation, under a beech/oak/maple hardwood canopy, mostly facing east. On one side of the house I planted mostly spring wildflowers, because it's shadiest. On the other side I planted summer sunlovers. A few plants are truly wild, they just happen to like my unkempt yard. I do need to water in dry times. The soil is typical loam and leaf mould on top of slightly acidic clay. Sometimes I remove excess dry leaves (when they pile up really thick) and I do apply light mulch (like Nature's Helper) for the more delicate spring plants, and a heavier mulch for the summer asters. I do not fertilize or use any chemicals at all.


Asheville Natural is a guide to the native wildflowers of the southern Appalachians, with additional information for plant sources, hiking trails in the Asheville North Carolina area, and a few well-chosen links to other sites with Asheville information, wildflower sources, hiking,trail and outfitter information, and botanical resources. This is a non-profit site, created and maintained with love. All information contained on this site is based upon personal observation, and all photos are our own, except a few which are appropriately attributed and used by permission.
A note on the nomenclature (naming conventions) on this site: Scientific names and classifications are constantly being argued and changed, and it drives me nuts. Although I use many different sources for knowledge, for naming consistency  I  use the  "Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas" by Radford, Ahles and Bell, 1968 edition. This book is a well-established authority for the plants of our region and I've been using it for years. If for some reason I must use a different source for a particular plant, I will make note of it within the descriptive text. Don't like it? Tough!

Fiona Dudley
113 Pristine Lane
Weaverville NC 28787


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