Spring

Wildflower Schedule

The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, seasonal favorites like daffodils, tulips and violets herald the arrival of spring with their showy blooms, and as the season progresses, budding wildflowers climb in elevation to the tops of the highest peaks. It is this progression that provides Asheville with one of the longest wildflower seasons in the country, extending from March all the way through October.

Where the Wild Things Are

April through June offers the best opportunity to see the most blooms appearing at one time. During these months, the forests are covered with flowering trillium, lady slippers, japonicas, jack-in-the-pulpits, wild ginger, evening primrose, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and hundreds of other species. Popular places for wildflower hunting include Craggy Gardens and Graveyard Fields, or choose from our recommended places to hike near Asheville. Our spring flower bloom schedule will give you an idea of what to look for during your visit.

Amazing Gardens You’re Sure to Dig

The fertile grounds of the Asheville valley are a gardener’s paradise, and you’ll find our area floral displays are so well crafted, they’re practically works of art. Western North Carolina’s largest showcase of flowers is the annual Biltmore Blooms. This masterpiece of gardening runs from March through May and features over 130,000 flowers. Other beautiful gardens include the North Carolina Arboretum, the Botanical Gardens of Asheville and a number of secret gardens you can tour by appointment only.

Schedule

March is the start of the spring flower bloom season, and there are several varieties and species of flowers to see in the Western North Carolina mountains. Here are the flowers that typically bloom in March in the Asheville area, as well as suggested spots to view the spring flowers. Discover these wild blooms by hiking the best trails near Asheville.

  • Daffodil

  • Dutchman's Breeches

  • Iris

  • Ruby Giant

  • Spring Beauty

  • Yellow Violet


When April arrives, the spring flower bloom season gains momentum. Discover beautiful and colorful varieties and species of flowers to see in the Western North Carolina mountains. Here are pictures of the flowers that typically bloom in April in the Asheville area. Discover these wild blooms by hiking the best trails near Asheville.

  • Daffodil

  • Dogwood

  • Painted Trillium

  • Phacelia

  • Pink Lady Slipper

  • Yellow Lady Slipper

  • Pinkshell Azalea

  • Redbud

  • Tulip


May in the North Carolina mountains explodes in a symphony of colorful spring flower blossoms, revealing numerous shades of red, purple, pink, orange, blue and white. Here are the flowers that typically bloom in May in the Asheville area. Discover these wild blooms by hiking the best trails near Asheville.

  • Crab Apple

  • Dogwood

  • Flame Azalea

  • Japonica

  • Mountain Laurel

  • Mountain Magnolia

  • Pinkshell Azalea

  • Trailing Arbutus

  • Painted Trillium

  • Violet

  • Wild Cherry


June in the North Carolina mountains features some unique and stunning flower blooms as spring transitions into summer. Here are the flowers that typically bloom in June in the Asheville area. Discover these wild blooms by hiking the best trails near Asheville.

  • Fire Pinks

  • Flame Azalea

  • Gray's Lily

  • Ox-Eyed Daisy

  • Purple Rhododendron

  • White Rhododendron

  • Turkeybeard