Last of the Wildflowers?

One of a cluster of Day Lillies growing at Indigo Neck hiker/biker

One of the more enjoyable aspects of hiking on the C&O Canal this year has been exploring and (sometimes) identifying the many wildflowers growing along the towpath.  During a recent walk, the flowers were few-and-far-between, but I did see this magnificent Day Lily.  These plants are common along many roadsides this time of year in spite of being an Asian “invader.”  The Day Lily is popular in flower gardens but seems to have escaped those bounds.  It is easily identified because it lacks the spots on its leaves that mark other native orange lillies.

Woodland Sunflower, July 20

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