At Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville, the mountain hollows are abundantly adorned with wildflowers. Among the myriad of blossoms to be viewed at this time are wild geranium, golden ragwort, dwarf larkspur, erect trillium, large-flowered trillium, yellow trillium, rue anemone, hairy buttercup, large-flowered bellwort, pennywort, violet wood-sorrel, Jacob’s ladder, purple phacelia, foamflower, stonecrop, wood vetch, wood-betony, Canada violet, arrow-leaved violet, birdfoot violet, downy wood violet, common blue violet, sweet white violet, long-spurred violet, wild ginger, little brown jug, wild ginger and star chickweed. Pink lady's slippers have been observed flowering in certain locales and the yellow buckeye is in bloom.
In secluded coves a deep green carpet speckled with the scarlet accents of partridgeberry is eye-catching on the forest floor beneath the hemlocks. The dogwoods are at full flower and the redbuds are leafing out as their color fades.
Now is the time for wildflower photographers to flock to the mountains to capture spring greenery and blossoms in their full glory. An abundance of water and seasonably mild temperatures with ample sunshine has goaded spring into producing some of the healthiest displays of native flora in recent years. The time is right. Come to the mountains and see it for yourself!