Discovering May Florals: Native Beauties of Blowing Rock, NC

April showers bring May flowers, as they say, and nature lovers in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, are in for a treat. The trails that wind through this picturesque area are adorned with an array of native floral treasures, offering a delightful sensory experience for hikers. Let’s take a closer look at some of the May florals you might encounter while exploring the scenic trails around Blowing Rock, and of course in our backyard here at Blue Ridge Mountain Club.

“Spoonflower” AKA Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia):

One of the most iconic and beautiful blooms to grace the trails of Blowing Rock in May is the Mountain Laurel. With its delicate, star-shaped flowers in shades of pink and white, this evergreen shrub adds a touch of elegance to the mountain landscape. Keep an eye out for these blooms along woodland edges and rocky slopes, where they thrive in the dappled sunlight.

Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum):

The Flame Azalea is another showstopper of the May floral scene in Blowing Rock. Known for its vibrant hues ranging from fiery oranges to deep reds, these azaleas light up the forest with their spectacular blooms. As you hike through the trails, especially at higher elevations, you may encounter clusters of these colorful flowers brightening up the landscape.

Pinkshell Azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi):

Adding a softer touch to the springtime palette, the Pinkshell Azalea graces the trails around Blowing Rock with its delicate pink blossoms. Often found in moist, wooded areas alongside streams and creeks, these azaleas create a picturesque scene.

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum):

For a more subtle yet charming floral encounter, keep an eye out for the Wild Geranium. With its dainty pink to lavender flowers and deeply lobed leaves, this native perennial adds a touch of grace to the forest floor. Look for patches of these geraniums along shaded trails and woodland edges, where they thrive in the rich, moist soil.

Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum):

As you meander through the lush forests of Blowing Rock in May, you may come across the elegant blooms of Solomon’s Seal. This woodland wildflower features delicate, dangling white flowers on its arching stems. Keep an eye out for these beauties in shady, moist habitats, where they lend a beautiful touch to the natural surroundings.

Lace up your hiking boots, hit the trails, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of May florals in this enchanting mountain region. At Blue Ridge Mountain Club there is an adventure for every skill set, so grab a trail map and get ready to explore the 6,000+ acre playground.


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