PHLOX CAROLINA IN THE BLUE RIDGE
In mid July 2011 we went to the
North Carolina Blue Ridge to see Phlox carolina in the Pink Beds just
north of Brevard. This habitat is described in Jim Locklear's book. We
drove the Blue Ridge Parkway starting at Asheville and began
seeing Phlox carolina at the Beaver Dam Gap Overlook at mile 401.9. The
plants were scattered clumps on the well drained banks above the road
at the margin of the woods. P. carolina was frequent along the road as
far as we explored, which was Looking Glass Rock Overlook at mile 417.
The best site was at mile 409.6, where there was a large population at
the entrance to the Frying Pan Mountain fire tower road at about 4950ft
in elevation. Here the plants were growing in poor gravelly soil along
with Helianthus, Rudbeckia, Solidago, and Pycnanthemum.
[Introduction] [What is a Phlox?] [Horticultural History] [Basis of Breeding] [Accounts of Species and Cultivars]