from the margins of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Tiny creamy white flowers are clustered
long elongiated spike-like clusters that generally
spread horizontally from the main flower-stalk.
Each flower is about 1/6" wide with 5 petals and
sepals. The leaves are alternately compound. Height
of the plant from 4' to 7'.
Late May to July
Rich moist woods and ravines, along
roadsides in rocky soil.
The flowers are either male or female,
with the male having numerous stamens and the
female having 3 pistils. When they're all blooming
along a roadside, it looks very showy. It's hard to
get a picture of any one flower-stalk that isn't
littered with tiny beetles and flies.