Brilliant colors, intricate blossoms.

What would summer be without the wildflowers along state roadways?

But they won’t be here for much longer.

Why not take a drive, and slow down to appreciate this natural beauty.

Ironweed

Iron Weed

Features clusters of brilliant purple flowers, and gets it name from its tough stem.

Chicory

Chickory

Familiar blue and sometimes white flowers, but the root is also ground to make coffee.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

A cousin of milkweed, these bright orange are showy enough to attract butterflies.

Bee Balm

Bee Balm

A member of the mint family, the jewel-colored blossoms attract hummingbirds and honeybees.

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye

It has pale pinkish, lavender flowers on stems that can grow several feet tall, but it’s actually part of the sunflower family.

Black-eyed Susan

Blackeyed Susan

Summer bloomers which are common from mid summer until frost, and is found in 48 of the states in the contiguous United States.

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Annes Lace

Also known as wild carrot, this delicate blossom resembles lace and often has a single purple dot in its center.

Butter and Eggs

BUtter and Eggs

Its unusual name comes from the bright yellow and cream-colored flowers.

Composite

composite 2

A large family of flowers that can be difficult to identify individually since most feature showy yellow or gold blossoms.

Phlox

Phlox

Bright violet flowers that tend to thrive in rocky, dry conditions such as roadsides, and are a good food source for wildlife like deer.

Mullein

Mullens

Begins with soft, woolly leaves but soon sprouts a tall stem featuring densely grouped yellow flowers on the top of it.

Late Purple Aster

aster

A lavender flower that looks delicate, but is hardy enough to last until frost.

Goldenrod

Goldenrod

There are actually 100 to 120 species of these well-known late summer and fall perennials, including more than a dozen in West Virginia, which are common in meadows and other open spaces.

Purple Fringeless Orchid

Orchid

Not very common, but can be seen in damp spots not far from other seasonal beauties like ironweed and makes for an exciting discovery.

Boneset

flower

The pure white flowers of boneset really stand out in the late summer landscape.

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