Mascot, Tennessee is located in Knox County, which is in the eastern part of Tennessee and is about 15 miles from Knoxville. Mascot is a mountain area close to House Mountain State Natural Area. Mascot's rich fertile soil is home to hundreds of wildflowers and different plants. The mountain region is filled with rich plant diversity and the sweet smell of flowers in the summertime.
This beautiful vine grows up the trunks of trees and along the ground. Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) loves any light condition and will even grow in shade. It can grow up to 20 to 50 feet and is one of the favorite munchies of birds and small animals. In the fall, it turns a beautiful crimson or orange color before losing all its leaves.
The American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is one of the native plants that lives in Mascot, Tennessee. It blooms in summer with a magenta berry-like fruit and lasts through winter. It likes full to partial sun and can grow anywhere from 3 to 8 feet tall.
Bergamot (Monarda Fistulosa) grows wild in Mascot, Tennessee and has clear lilac flowers that bloom through the summer. It can grow from 3 to 8 feet tall and likes full or partial sun. Bergamot has a fresh citrus fragrance and is used in perfumes and herbal oils. It has been shown to reduce inflammation in laboratory tests and is used in herbal teas. It also is used topically as an insecticide and in aromatherapy.
Blue Wild Indigo
Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis) grows wild and loves full or partial sun. Its dark purple flowers can grow up to 5 feet tall in the summer. Wild Indigo was used by the local Cherokee Indians to treat toothache and to make a blue dye, according to the USDA NRCS Kansas Plant Materials Center. Sometimes called false indigo, Blue Wild Indigo is not the original indigo (Indigofera tinctoria L.) from India that is cultivated for blue dye.
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) loves full sun and is considered a valuable natural grass for soil stabilization, according to the USDA. It is an aggressive grower in the summer that can grow up to 8 feet in height. Switchgrass is being considered as a new biofuel. "If it is used to produce energy, it will reduce the risk of global warming by replacing fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil)," according to David Bransby with Auburn University.