Claytonia virginica ( Spring Beauty )

These can be seen in profusion along Chimney Tops trail, Appalachian trail between Indian Gap and Newfound Gap, Clingmans dome road and many other places.
These are a favorite food of the ferral pigs. There are areas fenced off to protect the spring beauties.

Great Smoky Mt Nat. Pk. - 4/18/2011 - Appalachian trail between Indian Gap and Newfound Gap
photos by H & M Ling

Spring Beauty
Spring Beauty