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Late Summer and Fall

"When at its height this display of wild flowers is positively one of the finest in America. The writer personally knows of nothing to match it. It is worth going miles to see."

B. W. Wells The Natural Gardens of North Carolina; with Keys and Descriptions of the Herbaceous Wild Flowers Found Therein
1932

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Savannah white orchid or Southern white bog orchid
Platanthera nivea (Nutt.) Luer

"Now appears perhaps the finest display of all. Of those attractions that have come and gone before, one may see the procession from any point on the savannah, but to see the massed display of floral loveliness about to be mentioned one must go to the northeastern end of the area near the railroad? Here, standing in places so thick that they touch each other like people in a crowd, one may see in favorable years thousands of the white savannah orchids."

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Tall bog bunchflower
Zigadenus glaberrimus Michx.

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Tall bog bunchflower
Zigadenus glaberrimus Michx.

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Loudspeakers or Barbara's buttons
Marshallia graminifolia (Walt.) S.

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Carolina redroot
Lachnanthes caroliniana (Lam.) Dandy

"In August the tallest species with showy flowers comes in, the tall bog bunch flower, four feet high with its lax cluster of prominent star-like blossoms. They may be picked out easily at long distances across the savannah. With them one may now find the radiant marshallia, and the curious, coarse, almost ugly, hairy massed flowers of the Carolina redroot."

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Savannah blazing star
Liatris spicata (L.) Willd. var. resinosa (Nutt.) Gaiser

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Rough-stemmed bunch flower
Triantha racemosa (Walt.) Small

"With September, the turn of the season begins. The savannah reflects the change ever so inconsequentially at first, but by the end of the month the presence of the blazing stars, and tofieldias tell the story of the approaching end of the procession."

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Savanna coreopsis
Coreopsis linifolia Nutt.

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Wand goldenrod
Solidago stricta Ait.

"Coreopsis, unusual species of sunflowers, and the savannah golden-rod all come in to make the grand finale the thrilling golden spectacle it is."

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Grass-leaved bog aster or Savannah aster
Eurybia paludosa (Ait.) Nesom

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Savannah aster or Grass-leaved bog aster
Eurybia paludosa (Ait.) Nesom

"Late November comes. The pageant is over. Yet nature has furnished an anti-climax in the asters which in their cool blue tints suggest the coming of the frosts. Even December still presents the asters, the last offering of the savannah gods. January alone has not a flower to brighten its passing."

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