"The Maypop and the Ocoee River"
Common name: Purple Passion flower, Maypop, Wild Apricot
Because of my love for the area I started learning more and more about the history of the area. I was somewhat shocked to find out that the river's namesake, "Ocoee", was the good ole "maypop". The Cherokee in the area called Passiflora incarnata by the name "ocoee" and because of the prevalence of the plant in the area the whole area became know as Ocoee. The Purple Passion Flower is also the Tennessee state Wildflower.
This plant is commonly thought of as an agricultural weed, but is often grown in gardens and landscapes for its flower. It can be very aggressive in its growth and can be very invasive in the right conditions.