Virgin’s Bower is a woody vine that blooms in August in damp soil in southern Maryland. It is a sweet-smelling clematis. It can grow to 20 feet and often covers everything in its path with so many blossoms they look like a heavy white snow. After they go to seed they are called Old Man’s Beard. Each seed has its own little gray beard.
Rattlesnake Master grows in August in southern Maryland in damp areas. It is a member of the carrot family. The entire plant is bluish or grayish green. The color reminds me of Dusty Miller. The unusual flowers are prickly balls. I find them so unique that they startle me every time I see them.
Ironweed is very popular with butterflies. It grows in damp areas of southern Marlyand in August. I believe it is called ironweed because its tall stems are strong enough to survive the snows in winter.
Per Wikipedia: Vernonia galamensis is a plant in the sunflower family, known for its use as an oilseed. This species, often called ironweed, is the largest source of vernonia oil, which is rich in a useful epoxy fatty acid called vernolic acid and is used to make plastics, rubbery coatings, and drying agents. Use of this oil as a replacement for traditional plasticizers and binders in the production of paints and PVC shows promise as a method of reducing smog pollution.
This flower grows in damp areas in Southern Maryland in August. I thought it was yellow crown beard but it isn’t. It may be a tall cone flower.
Swamp milkweed grows in southern Maryland in August in wetland areas. You can see how popular it is with Monarchs and bumblebees!