Tom Petty’s song Wildflowers comes to mind every time I see the colorful weed-like blooms along trails and roadsides. “You belong among the wildflowers. . .” What a beautiful image. Summer is slowly coming to an end. Autumn is trying to creep in, but the wildflowers of North Carolina aren’t quite finished doing their thing. Before the fall colors sink in there’s once last burst of purples and yellow, whites and reds. A sort of grand finale of summer’s beauty, going out in a colorful bang. The bouquet pictured is made of roadside wildflowers along Alarka Creek. They are all flowers currently in bloom such as, Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum), Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota), Golden Rods (Solidago), Summer Lilac (Hesperis matronalis), and more. Unfortunately, some wildflowers are potent allergens, so be aware of flowers you may be sensitive to before bringing them in the house. A handful of these and couple of river stones in an old mason jar make the perfect centerpiece for a mountain cabin or just the feel of one.
The wildflowers of North Carolina flowers are currently feeding summer’s last butterflies and humming birds. Wildflowers are also important to our honey bee population. More than just beautiful, these flowers are full of purpose in the ecosystem of the Appalachian Mountains.