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What are those flowers DOT planted at the interchange of I-140 and Market Street?

Ken Little
StarNews
The flowers in the interchange of Market Street and Interstate 140 are pink and white cosmos. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

The flowers in the interchange of Market Street and Interstate 140 are pink and white cosmos. StarNews photo by Si Cantwell.

Q. The N.C. Department of Transportation has planted flowers in the cloverleaf where Market Street, I-140 and U.S. 17 meet in Porter’s Neck. This is such a beautiful addition to that area. Can you find out the names of these flowers?

A. The flowers are pink and white cosmos, said Joseph Chance, N.C. DOT’s roadside environmental engineer for Division 3. Division 3 includes New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow and Duplin counties.

Division 3’s Roadside Unit plants about 200 acres of wildflowers each year.

“The bed in question was planted to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Chance said.

Chance recently met with the Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Survivors group last week, “and took pictures in celebration of their fight with this terrible disease,” he said.

All the wildflower plantings are funded through personalized license plate purchases across the state, Chance said.

The state DOT began the wildflower planting program in 1985. For more information and some pretty pictures, click here.

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