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Allegheny Blackberry
Allegheny Blackberry
Blooms: May-June

Rubus allegheniesis

Can be found commonly in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 6, 167.2, 239.9, 305-315, 339.5, 367.6

American Elder
Blooms: June-July

Sambucus canadensis

Can be found commonly in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 29, 85.8, 136-138, 272-275, 311.2

Angelica, Mountain Angelica, Filmy Angelica
Angelica
Blooms: August-September

Angelica triquinata

Commonly found in North Carolina

Mileposts 294.7, 339.5, 355

Also at Craggy Gardens and Nature Trails

Monarchs feed on native plants.
Aster
Blooms: September

Aster spp.

Common in fields and along roadside.

Bead Lily
Blooms: May-June

Clintonia unbellulata

Common in rich, moist deciduous woods.

Beard Tongue
Beard-Tongue
Blooms: June-July

Penstemon spp.

Grows commonly in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 44.4, 89-91, 154.5 PA, 254.4, 339-340, 370-372

Bellflower
Bellflower
Blooms: July-September

Campanula americana

Found commonly in North Carolina

Mileposts 370-375

Red Bee Balm
Bergamot Beebalm
Blooms: July-August

Monarda fistulosa

Found in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 38.8, 368-374

Birdfoot Violet
Birdfoot Violet
Blooms: March-May

Viola pedata

Grows in both Virginia and North Carolina.

Mileposts 147.4, 202, 260.5, 379

Bittersweet
Blooms: May-June; August-September (berry)

Celastrus orbiculatus

Commonly found in North Carolina

Mileposts 242.4, 383, 394, 396

Black Cohosh
Blooms: July

Cimicifuga racemosa

Found in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 6, 85.8, 169, 374

Black Locust
Blooms: April-June

Robinia pseudo-acacia

Common in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 100-123, 367-368, 383

Black-Eyed Susan
Blooms: July

Rudbeckia hirta

Common in fields and along the roadside.

Bladder Campion
Blooms: May-Aug

Silene cucubalus

Found in North Carolina

Mileposts 376-381

Blazing Star
Blooms: August-September

Liatris spicata

Found in North Carolina

Mileposts 305.1, 369-370

Bloodroot
Blooms: April-May

Sanguinara canadensis

Found in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 85.6, 191-193, 198.7, 294

Bluets
Bluets
Blooms: May-June

Houstonia spp.

Found in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 200.2, 355-368

 

Boneset
Blooms: August

Eupatorium rugosum

Found in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 29.1, 85.8 PA, 151, 247, 314

Bowman’s Root
Blooms: May-June

Gillenia trifoliata

Found in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 24-25, 149.5, 260, 332, 368-369

 

Bristly Locust
Blooms: May-June

Robinia hispida

Found in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 167-174, 308.3, 347.9

Bull Thistle
Blooms: Late June-Frost

Carduus lanceolatus

Common along roadsides and pastures at lower elevations.

 

Butter and Eggs
Blooms: June-August

Linaria vulgaris

Common along roadside.

 

 

buttercups
Buttercups
Blooms: March-June

Rannunculus hispidus

Common along roadside.

 

Butterfly Weed
Blooms: June-August

Asclepias tuberosa

Found in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 63-65, 238-246

Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower
Blooms: August

Lobelia cardinalis

Seen infrequently in wet places

Carolina Rhododendron
Carolina Rhododendron
Blooms: Late April-June

Rhododendron minus

Found in North Carolina

Mileposts 308-310, 404-411

Blue Ridge Parkway: Craggy Gardens
Catawba Rhododendron
Blooms: June

Rhododendron catawbiesne

Found in both Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 44.9, 77-83, 130.5, 138.6, 239, 247, 266.8, 348-350, 364.1

Columbine
Columbine
Blooms: May-July

Aquilegia canadensis

Found in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 74-75, 339.3, 370-378

Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Blooms: July-August

Asclepias syriaca

Common in Virginia, also found in North Carolina

Mileposts 85-86, 167-176

Coreopsis
Blooms: June-August

Coreopsis pubescens

Found in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 29.6, 77, 157, 190, 306

Dandelion
Blooms: February-June

Taraxacum officinale

Common along roadside

Deptford Pink by Alex Armstrong
Deptford Pink
Blooms: June-August

Dianthus aemeria

Common along grassy roadsides

Dodder or Love Vine
Dodder or Love Vine
Blooms: August-September

Cuscuta rostrata

Common along roadside

Dogwood
Dogwood
Blooms: May

Cornus florida

Found commonly in Virginia and North Carolina

Mileposts 6, 85.6, 154.5, 230-232, 217-219, 378-282

Dutchman’s Breeches
Blooms: April-June

Dicentra cucullaria

Mileposts 367.6, 458.2

Dwarf Iris
Dwarf Iris
Blooms: March-April

Iris Verna

Milepost 260.5

False Hellebore
Blooms: June-August

Veratrum viride var. viride

Mileposts: 364.6, Craggy Gardens

False Solomon's Seal
False Soloman’s Seal
Blooms: April-June

Smilacina racemosa

Found commonly along roadside

 

Fetterbush
Blooms: Late April-May

Leucothoc racemosa

Mileposts 241.1, 379

Field Hawkweed
Field Hawkweed
Blooms: May-June

Hieracium pratense

Mileposts 6, 78.4, 165.5, 229.5, 325-330

Fire Pink
Fire Pink
Blooms: May-June

Silene virginica

Mileposts 1-2, 85.8, 154.5, 241, 339.3, 367-375, 404-408

Flame Azalea
Flame Azalea
Blooms: May-June

Rhododendron calendulaceum

Mileposts 138.6, 144-145, 149.5, 164-166, 217-221, 308-310, 368-380, 412-423

Fleabane
Blooms: July

Erigeron strigosus

Found commonly in fields and along roadside

Fly Poison
Blooms: May-July

Amianthium muscaetoxicum

Mileposts 210-216, 406-408

Foamflower
Foam Flower
Blooms: April-June

Tiarella cordifolia

Mileposts 296.9, 339.5, 367.7

Fragrant Thimbleberry
Blooms: June-July

Rubus odoratus

Mileposts 18, 74.7, 339.3, 369-372, 406-408

Fraser Magnolia
Blooms: May

Magnolia fraseri

Mileposts 173-174, 252-253

Fringed Phacelia
Blooms: April-May

Phacelia fimbriata

Mileposts 370-375

Galax
Blooms: May-July

Galax aphylla

Common in deciduous forests, open rocky areas

Gentian
Blooms: Late August-Frost

Gentiana quinquefolia

Mileposts 85.8, 363-368

Goat’s Beard
Blooms: June

Aruncus dioicus

Mileposts: 10-11, 24, 240, 337.6, 370-375

 

Golden Groundsel
Blooms: April-May

Senecio aureus

 Mileposts 29.1, 85.8, 330-340