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Wild Plants of Virginia (updated)

We have seen some beautiful plants on this trip, mostly trees and flowers that neither of us grew up around.

Can you help us identify them?

These vibrant red leaves belong to a some kind of plant that climbs up the trees. When the leaves catch the sunlight their colour is amazing.

These tiny flowers of the palest blue vary from the size of a dime to a quarter. (Next time I’ll try to remember to put something in the picture to indicate the scale.)

We took these pictures yesterday (October 5) at the entrance to the Virginia Natural Bridge Caverns just off Highway 11 on the way from Staunton to Roanoke.

Any guesses as to what they are?

Update
Many thanks to our commenter Amy who identified the first plant as Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) and the flowers as white wood asters (Eurybia divaricata). Click on the links for more information on both plants from the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Convservation Service Plants Database.

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7 comments

1 Amy { 10.06.08 at 8:03 pm }

the first one is Virginia creeper and the flowers are wood asters

2 Shaula { 10.06.08 at 8:49 pm }

Thank you, Amy!

3 Melissa { 10.07.08 at 8:42 am }

Pretty! Nicely photographed.

4 Shaula { 10.07.08 at 1:47 pm }

Thanks, gorgeous. Right after we took these we drove a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway–it was a brilliantly sunny day and the leaves were just starting to turn. Breathtaking! We’ll be putting up those pics shortly, too.

5 eileen { 10.07.08 at 4:57 pm }

first thing I learned about Virginia Creeper is that it tends to grow in the same conditions that permit the growth of poison ivy. I don’t know if it’s out and about this time of year, but I don’t think it would really add anything to the roadtrip!

I didn’t know the wood asters, so I’m glad someone else chimed in!

And you’re making me miss autumn!

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