Lilies and Orchids and Asters — oh my!

Shenandoah National Park, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, boasts a huge and spectacular array of wildflowers at this time of year. Roadsides are crowded with Angelica, black cohosh, and asters of all kinds. Turk’s cap lily offers a bright orange highlight. And did we catch a glimpse of Echinacea?  Rudbeckia populations spread out beneath the tree canopy.  Also in the dappled sunlight, find yellow lady’s slipper (past bloom, but still a treat), Aquilegia, and Amianthium. The ferns, too, have quite as foothold, with hay-scented often asserting itself in wide swaths in these island forests. A grand display!

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