This is the Blue Ridge Parkway wildflower report for July 27th. Late July is a grand time to come to the Parkway for the wonderful variety of summer blooms and to escape the heat of the lowlands. The high plateau that begins south of Roanoke, Virginia and continue into North Carolina around Doughton Park is in full display as the agricultural scenes come alive. Although past their peak bloom, the Queen Anne’s Lace and Yarrow, Ox-Eye Daisy, Black-Eye Susan and Milkweed are still worth the drive. Coreopsis, Deptford Pink, and Sunflowers are also in nice view. The tall Turkscap Lily brightens up many areas as well. In North Carolina, near Chestoa View, south of Linville Falls look for Basil Balm, tall Sunflower, and Turkscap Lily along the roadsides. Summer flowers are in abundance in the high elevations south of Asheville. With showy blooms including a few Rosebay Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel near Waterrock Knob along with many other species listed above, such as Bee Balm, Tall Bellflower, Coreopsis, Coneflower, Yarrow, Jewelweed and Phlox. Have a safe parkway visit this weekend! Enjoy the view, but watch the road. Weekly updates at 828-298-0398 will keep you informed of what’s being reported throughout the Parkway.
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