This is the Blue Ridge Parkway wildflower report for the last week of June 2007. On this weekend prior to Independence Day finds many summer blooms on display for those heading to the High Country to perhaps escape the heat. In Virginia, in the high plateaus, south of Roanoke is in full display as the agricultural scene comes alive with Queen Anne’s lace and Yarrow, Ox-Eye Daisy and some remaining Black-Eyed Susan. Milkweed is beginning to bloom nicely in many areas as well. The bright orange Butterfly Weed is blooming nicely as well. Below the Saddle Overlook at milepost 168 in Rocky Knob, there is a great patch of Spiderwort on the slope below the trail. In Daughton Park in North Carolina, a wide variety of blooms is being reported. These include Day Lilies, Butterfly Weed, Sundrop, Spiderwort, and Phlox. Some remaining Fire Pink can be seen along with a few displays of Mountain Laurel still around. Between Crabtree Meadow and Mt. Mitchell, roadsides are full of displays of Fire Pink and Ox-Eye Daisy and Sundrop, along with some Yarrow and Beardtounge. The high elevations south of Asheville are reporting Mountain Laurel, Rosebay Rhododendron, and a few Flame Azalea still holding their blooms. Turkscap Lily, Fire Pink, Phlox, Spiderwort; all of these are typical summer blooms here in the mountains and they are on display south of Asheville. Visitors walking the Waterrock Knob Trail will find purple fringed Orchids along the way. Weekly updates at 828-298-0398 will keep you informed of what’s being reported throughout the Parkway. Have a safe parkway visit! Enjoy the view, but watch the road.
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