Our Favorite Wildflowers in Asheville
Here in Western North Carolina, we’re so lucky to have such a rich variety of local blooms. Taking a hike at this time of year can feel like taking a trip to fairy land! There are so many beauties, but here are a few of our favorites…
Yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, is a favorite in summer flower arranging. The tiny clusters of flowers are complimentary to many other seasonal blooms and it’s sweet fragrance is so refreshing. Yarrow, like many other wild botanicals, is also medicinal. The leaves and roots have astringent properties that cause tissues to tighten up which is why this plant can be used to stop bleeding. Its been said that Achilles used poultices of yarrow on his soldier’s wounds during the battle of Troy!
Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia Hirta, is a lovely flower that almost everyone is familiar with. Its ability to grow and spread quickly has made it a garden favorite, but its seen often on the side of the road or in open meadows. The roots of the black eyed susan are used for treating the common cold and seasonal allergies. Recent studies have shown that it’s immune boosting properties are more effective than Echinacea!
Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium, is a beeautiful wild edible that starts to bloom in late July. It’s purple-pink plumes are mildly fragrant and can be used in teas and medicinal poultices. The plant was named after a medicine man, Joe Pye, who used the whole plant medicinally and taught early settlers how to use it as well. The root can be used to induce fevers and the leaves and flowers are useful in promoting digestive health.
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