Native Plants and Wildflowers
We are blessed with a very rich flora that grows wild the Eastern United States, especially with our
native azaleas. With the discovery of two new native azalea species since 1995,
R. eastmanii and R. colemanii,
the count is now 17 species in North America, and still counting. There is only one species native to the
western coast of Oregon and California, but most of the others are found in the Southeastern U.S.
Some are very rare, and others are difficult to tell apart, but all of them are beautiful.
They are truly some of the most lovely and alluring of our native wilflowers,
and the regions where they grow are often breathtaking, too. Pictured below is the view of
the Flame Azaleas, R. calendulaceum, along the Appalactian Trail near Roan Mountain on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Some of these pages were developed in association with various talks he has given to garden clubs or plant societies. Some still reside on the server at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology where he taught for many years. Those are not easy to update, but newer versions may be be added and updated soon.
Native Azaleas and Plants in the WildFor nearly nearly 20 years, Don Hyatt has been researching the beautiful native azaleas
Gregory Bald in the Smokies
Roan Mountain and the Southern Appalachian Highlands