Friday, August 16, 2013

Carolina Lily and Turk's Cap Lily Mid-Summer Wildflower Treats


Video: Carolina Lily and Turk's Cap Lily

Carolina Lily Wildflower Great Smoky Mountains

Isolated Carolina Lily on a single stem on a remote trail hillside in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Turk's Cap Lily Wildflower Great Smoky Mountains

Large Many-Blossom Turk's Cap Lily along the Blue Ridge Parkway (see below)

Large Many-Blossom Turk's Cap Lily along the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Carolina Lily and Turk's Cap Lily are both spectacular mid-summer wildflowers. The kind of flowers that catch your eye as your going down a mountain road and cause you to stop and turn around.  It's difficult to tell the blossoms apart, but the Turk's Cap has a green star formed where the petals come together and is generally a much larger plant with multiple blossoms in a moist area. If its along a roadside ditch or drainage its probably Turk's Cap. The singular Carolina Lily was found on a relatively dry steep forest hillside along a trail in a remote area. Regardless, they both make a big impression and are not that common in the mountains.

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