The purple-pink blossoms were buzzing with bumblebees at the end of May. Although these were open-grown, I also found plenty growing in the woods around Glen Alton and White Rocks campground. If you are familiar with Indian Pipe, you might guess that these two organisms are related, and you’d be right. All Flowers and Fungi Below is a full listing of the wildflowers and mushrooms on this website. About 3/4 inches. West Virginia Native Plant Society "Dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of West Virginia's native plants and habitats." Kayaker 06-Aug-2012 17:01: I found two types of wildflowers while kayaking last week (July 28th) in WV that aren't listed here. Height: Full height of the mature plant, in feet. The stem is hairy and the leaves are alternate and lance-shaped, slightly toothed…, Lathyrus latifoliés Everlasting Pea, Perennial Sweet Pea You’ve seen this plant before! Biennial Gaura is a dainty showstopper that has been blooming for months and could continue until frost. It is tall and delicate, oddly conspicuous, yet almost invisible to the eye. Flowering from mid-spring through early summer, spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana, USDA zones 3 through 9) is hardy throughout Virginia. This week it is coming up on the hillside at my house and near the…, Dodecatheon meadia Shooting Stars! to bloom in the forest and along Skyline Drive, followed by the white flowers of mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) in June. What a great name! It is known for its distinct brilliant red flowers. The leaves are long and narrow (lance shaped) and covered with sticky hairs. Put on your hiking shoes and head up any Appalachian mountain trail (right now!) Don’t you think it must be beautiful there? The upper lip has 2 frilly lobes and the lower lip has 3 lobes. And most of us know that the plant’s name is derived from the fact that it produces a milky-white, sticky…, Platanthera grandiflora Ooo-la-la!! The leaves are opposite, ovate to lanceolate, and have lightly toothed margins. Spiraea tomentosa I think we are all familiar with spirea as a landscape ornamental. The list follows the growing season: spring flowers are first, then summer and fall. Unlike many of the other phlox species in our area, mountain phlox blooms early (mid-May to…, Clematis addisonii Addison’s Leatherflower, Clematis addisonii, is a threatened species that is native to the Ridge and Valley Province in Virginia. The leaves are opposite and entire. See the gallery…, Eupatorium or Eutrochium Here’s a tall native wildflower that has large, serrated, whorled leaves and masses of rose pink blooms in late summer. Joe Pye weed grows 4 to 7 feet in height and enjoys life in all sorts of damp places in southwest Virginia. Pink. Turtlehead enjoys life…, Triadenum virginicum September arrived in Blacksburg this week on the heels of cold front. The clusters are stacked on an erect, 4-sided stem that is distinctly wooly. Flower width: For round and flattish flowers, the … The fields and roadsides are ablaze with tall, colorful, conspicuous wildflowers. The Latin name memorializes John Clayton, the first Virginia botanist. Addison’s Leatherflower is a perennial vine that starts out as an erect…, Wood Geranium, Cranesbill, or Wild Geranium Geranium maculata What a spring it is for wild geranium! Earlier in the summer, teasel produces inconspicuous white, pink or purple flowers on an oval cone of spines. In contrast to other phlox species, the stem of Smooth Phlox is not hairy, hence the name “smooth”. The common name, Three Birds Orchid, is intriguing. Look what I found! Montropa hypopithys Popping up from below the forest leaf litter–look at this: is it a plant? Familiar cultivars with names like Bridal Wreath, Gold Flame, Little Princess, and Neon Flash grace gardens across the South. Finally! Today I found drifts of them growing along the roadside next to Big Stoney Creek in Giles County. All the leaves are opposite and the venation is strongly defined. Look closely to see the five, up-turned petals on each flower. US Wildflower's Database of Wildflowers for North Carolina Click on thumbnail for larger version of image, scientific name for detail page. in May and June and you will be rewarded with gorgeous Mountain Laurel blooms. Fire pink flowers are borne at the top of the 10-12 inch plant. Each flower has 5 pink petals and 5 stamens with yellow anthers. On first glance, I thought it was “just Phlox”, which started to bloom in the woods near Blacksburg recently. The flower was wrongly identified when…, Chimaphila maculata Such a dainty, intriguing flower! 937 Red, … May 19, 2018 - Explore Jackie Brotosky's board "West Virginia Wildflowers", followed by 389 people on Pinterest. Bladder Campion This member of the pink family has white flowers … Contrast this flower arrangement with Steeplebush…. Here are nine of the wildflowers native to the state: 1. Most of the blossoms are blue, but you’ll see pink, white, and mixed colors if you look closely. In contrast to other phlox species, the stem of Smooth Phlox is not hairy, hence the name “smooth”. The pink, red or white flowers are borne on a spike at the top of the plant. The visually interesting flower…, Teucrium canadense Often observed in large, showy colonies, American Germander is a tall perennial (2-3 ft) in the mint family that blooms in mid-summer. This perennial evergreen herb is another forest floor inhabitant that could easily go unnoticed due to its size. This evergreen shrub can put on a spectacular display, since it varies in height from 3 to 15 feet and forms thick…, or Moccasin Flower Cypripedium acaule One of the showiest orchids in our local forest, the pink lady’s slipper appears between May and July. Most of the remaining populations occur here in Montgomery County (Southwest VA). The single pair of leaves on this small plant are ovate to lanceolate; the margin is entire. A kind of fungus? That’s because each leaf emerges directly from the ground on a long petiole (there is no stem). So in the interest of avoiding an error, I’ll stop at the genus level on this one. Of all the native plants that have made their way from the field to the medicine cabinet, this one is probably one of the most famous. At the base of each petal is a splash of yellow outlined in red; the net effect is a delightful star pattern. I went straight home to look it up in my field guide, since I never encountered it before. 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