Wildflowers: an essential part of our environment

The original purpose of this website was to document native plants at two local state parks — Holliday Lake and Bear Creek Lake. Since then, I’ve added plants at several other parks, including Twin Lakes, High Bridge, and First Landing. The work is ongoing. Use this site to learn about local native plants while exploring our state parks.

Happy wildflower hunting!  But please remember: look but don’t pick the flowers!

What’s blooming in July, August, and September? Lots of plants:

  • Wild potato vine (Ipomoea pandurata)
  • Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
  • Hoary mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incanum)
  • Orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
  • Cranefly orchid (Tipularia discolor)
  • Autumn coralroot (Corallorhiza odontorhiza)

Even during the dog days of summer, you’ll find many interesting plants, in state parks, along back roads, in fields, just about everywhere. So many different colors —  intense yellows, bright oranges, and deep reds, not to mention earth tones too.