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Roan Mountain Bluets | by BlueRidgeKitties
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Roan Mountain Bluets

This patch of the endangered Houstonia purpurea var. montana was growing with the Spreading Avens along the Cloudland Trail on Roan Mountain. Like the Avens, they seem to have been planted there purposefully as part of a nature trail. The plants seemed to suffer a bit from the hot weather. All the open flowers pretty much look wilted or wilting, but there were quite a few still unopened buds on these plants as well.

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Taken on June 30, 2012