Wildflowers: Summer Pinks

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

Wild Basil

Swamp Milkweed; locally common around wetland habitats

Swamp Milkweed

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.

Tiger Swallowtail on Knapweed

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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7 thoughts on “Wildflowers: Summer Pinks

    • Thanks Olivia! My original idea was a post featuring just the Queen-of-the-Prairie, but my specimens were mowed down by a road maintenance crew, forcing me to choose a more general theme.

    • Thanks Gunta. I haven’t looked into it yet, but I wonder if the Dept of Transportation incorporates the pea in a seed mix for disturbed sites along highway corridors. Aggressive legume > cover > erosion control > nitrogen fixation and soil improvement??? We did a lot of that with Crown Vetch in PA.

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