Lunchtime Photo

This is a patch of moss phlox along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also known as creeping phlox, moss pink, and mountain phlox. According to Wikipedia, it smells like marijuana, though I didn’t notice that myself. Otherwise it appears to be entirely unexceptional. Just scatter a few seeds around and it will grow forever with no effort. My kind of flower!

May 6, 2019 — Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

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