This is the Blue Ridge Parkway wildflower report for early September, 2008. In Virginia, the Rocky Knob area south of Roanoke, reports that Goldenrod is the latest bloom to show up in early fall, along with bright red Cardinal Flowers in bloom with some along the edges of the pond behind Mabry Mill.
If you’re visiting Mabry Mill, notice the variety of colors beside the blacksmith shop, with Touch-Me-Not, Goldenrod, and Sneezeweed, all blooming there between the flumes. From previous weeks, include Lance-Leaf Coreopsis, Queen Anne’s Lace, Black-eyed Susan, Ox-eye Daisy, and Daisy Fleabane all as things that you might look for as you drive along the high plateau of the Parkway.
Doughton Park has Sunflower, Joe-pye Weed, Ironweed, and a variety of Goldenrod species in North Carolina. Look for some remaining Blazing Star and Coreopsis as well. Queen Anne’s Lace, Jewel Weed or Touch-Me-Not is very nice and showy. From Mt. Mitchell to Grandfather Mountain, look for Goldenrod, Cardinal Flower, Jewel Weed, Bouncing Bet, Asters, and Ragweed.
Blueberries are ripening in the high elevations south of Asheville. There will be showings of Mountain Ash in the Pisgah campground before long, as well as scattered examples along the road all the way to Cherokee.
Don’t be in too big of a hurry to squeeze in one last trip for summer. The parkway is meant to be a slow, relaxing drive. Watch out for the built in distractions such as bicyclists, wildlife, and fantastic views. Have a safe visit to America’s favorite drive.
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.