American Water Willow
Justicia americana /Acanthus Family
This plant grows along lake and river banks. It's worth getting wet feet to see these beautiful flowers! There are 3 flowers blooming in this picture. These were blooming along the shore of Melton Hill Lake at Clark Center Park in mid-May. The plant is in the Acanthus Family.
Where seen: Oak Ridge, Big South Fork NRRA, Piney River SNA, Warriors' Path SP, Haw Ridge