Early summer walks invariably lead me to summer pink: pinkish wildflowers in full bloom. Many are alien and occur in abundance along roadsides and waste places, but some are native, with specialized site requirements.
Herb-Robert; a native Geranium; moist, rocky woodland sites
Everlasting Pea; alien; roadsides
Swamp Milkweed; locally common around wetland habitats
Musk Mallow; common weed
Queen-of-the-Prairie on the edge of a cattail marsh; a rare occurrence in the Northeast; native to the central and east-central part of the U.S.; wetlands; threatened or endangered status in 6 states where native.