All 35 Wildflower Species I Found on the Alabama Pinhoti Trail

Between March 9 and 21 I hiked the Alabama Pinhoti Trail from Flagg Mountain to the Georgia border. This is all the species of spring wildflowers I found on those 175 miles.

(Disclaimer: I’m an amateur at plant identification and some of these may be inaccurate. I welcome any corrections or increased level of detail in comments.)

March 9

1. Red Buckeye

Red buckeye

Leaves with 5 flowers with red clusters of racemose flowers. Can grow in any size from a bush to a small tree.

2. Quaker Ladies

Quaker Ladies

Small blue flowers with a yellow, depressed center. Typically grows in clusters. Leaves are club shaped and very low to the ground, often unnoticeable without moving leaves off of them.

3. Early Buttercup


Small yellow flowers.

4. Birdfoot Violet

Birdfoot Violet

Purple flowers with a small streak of white. As they reach the end of their lifespan, they start to lose all purple color. Can be identified by their leaves, which resemble footprints of small birds.

5. Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone

6. Wood Sorrel

Wood Sorrel

Purple to pink flowers forming a cup. Leaves grow in threes and are green with a red ring.

7. Redbud


Flowering shrub with pink to red blossoms.

8. Dogwood


Flowering shrub with numerous white blossoms on its branches. With sufficient space can grow to be as large as a tree.

9. Bog White Violet

Stemless white flower. Also known as lance-leaved violet.

10. Narcissus Daffodil

Narcissus Daffodil

Showy white to yellow flower with blade-like leaves.

March 10

11. Pennywort

Low, purplish-green plant with densely crowded dull white flowers.

12. Star Chickweed

Small white flowers with leaves growing in pairs opposite each other.

13. White Violet

Small and delicate white flowers.

14. Decumbent Trillium

3 mottled leaves with a burgundy flower. Lies almost directly on the ground with seemingly no stem.

15. Heart-leaf Foamflower

Raceme of small white flowers at the top of a 6 inch to 2 foot high stem.

March 11

16. Horrid Thistle

Purple flowers with white edging growing on a spiky plant.

17. Common Dandelion

Yellow flowers.

18. Wisteria

Vine with lilac-like purple flowers. Strong pleasant odor.

19. Plantainleaf Pussytoes

Bunches of small white flowers.

March 12

20. Yellow Stargrass

Yellow flower growing out of leaves resembling a clump of grass.

21. Spiderwort

Purple or rarely pink flowers with long, grass-like leaves. Leaves resemble a spider.

22. Short-leaved Spiderwort

Similar to spiderwort but with more numerous and shorter leaves.

March 13

23. Fire Pink

Bright red X-shaped flowers.

March 16

24. Virginia Dwarf Dandelion

Small yellow-orange flower.

25. Sweet Little Betsy

Burgundy flowers growing on 3 mottled leaves. A species of trillium.

26. Bashful Trillium

White or pink flowers facing downward, growing underneath 3 green leaves.

27. Spotted Geranium

Pink flower.

28. Halberd-leaf Violet

Small yellow flower growing out of large and thin leaves, resembling the blade of a halberd.

29. Robin’s Plantain

Pastel purple to white flowers with a yellow center. Flowers contain a large amount of sometimes overlapping petals.

March 17

30. Golden Ragwort

Clump of small yellow flowers on a plant growing 2 feet tall.

March 18

31. Woodland Phlox

Cluster of purple flowers.

32. Bloodroot

White flowers with a singular, large leaf. The name comes from a red juice that can be squeezed out of the roots that Native Americans would use to dye things red.

March 19

33. Mountain Spurge

Spiky white flowers. This one is very early in the season and not yet fully flowered.

March 20

 34. Perfoliate Bellwort

Yellow cup-shaped flowers facing downwards, with the stem appearing to pierce through them.

March 21

35. Common Blue Violet

Blue violet slightly faded to white around the edges.

And that’s all I noticed in Alabama! Join me back in a few weeks for the Georgia wildflower update. What were some of your favorites of these flowers?

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