Mountain Wildflowers

I will start with the four show-offs.

These are the ones everyone notices by road or stream.

My next post will be of the quiet little beauties that may be overlooked.

This stand of New York Ironweed/ Veronica novebaracensis is by a road I travel often.

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I look for it every summer and fall. It has gotten bigger over the years.

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It is over six feet tall.  When the sun hits it, it can stop traffic.

Joe Pye weed/ Eupartorium maculatum is another tall beauty.

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Legend has it that it is named for an Indian “Joe Pye” who used it to cure fevers.

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This stand is huge and also beside a familiar road.

I was lucky to find this Cardinal flower/Lobelia cardinalis. This one is named for being the color of Roman Catholic cardinal robes.

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It was tucked up under a bridge. This one has been over-picked and is harder to find.

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The last is probably the most familiar, Goldenrod/ Solidago.

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I was hesitant to pick a species name for this one without a closer look.

It is a supplier of mountain sunshine along roads and fences.

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So here are the “big four.”  Next will come the “hardly noticed” mountain wildflowers.

Flower in the Wild

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