Pulsatilla patens

Pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens) is one of the earliest blooming native plants you’ll see in the Rocky Mountains and Front Range.

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Calochortus gunnisonii

Plant name:  Marioposa lily, Calochortus gunnisonii, Liliaceae Large, single white flower with bright yellow coloring in the center Blooms from June to late summer Can be found from foothills to the subalpine zones throughout the Rockies Meet Your Flower: Mariposa lily, or Calochortus gunnisonii, is a member of the family Liliaceae, and is in great... Continue Reading →

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Plant name:  Douglas fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Pinaceae Tall evergreen, central component of Rocky Mountain forests Cones are distinctive, with protruding bracts reminiscent of mice tails Can be found from foothills to the subalpine zones throughout the Rockies Meet Your Tree: Douglas fir, or Pseudotsuga menziesii, is our third exciting installment in our series on evergreens... Continue Reading →

Juniperus communis

Plant name:  Common juniper, Juniperus communis, Cupressaceae Small shrub, ubiquitous as an understory cover in evergreen forests Berries start as a dull green and ripen to a dusty blue color Can be found from foothills to the subalpine zones throughout the Rockies Meet Your Tree: Juniperus communis, the common juniper, will continue our series on... Continue Reading →

Pinus ponderosa

Plant name:  Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, Pinaceae Large, tall evergreen tree Pollen released in spring Can be found from foothills to the subalpine zones throughout the Rockies Meet Your Tree: Ponderosa pine, or Pinus ponderosa, is the first gymnosperm we have featured here on our blog and a proud member of the Pinaceae family. Gymnosperms are... Continue Reading →

Populus tremuloides

Flower name:  Aspen, Populus tremuloides, Salicaceae Tiny, white flowers along a hanging raceme Blooms in early spring and sports bright leaf color in autumn Can be found from foothills to the subalpine zones throughout the Rockies Meet Your Flower: Aspen, Populus tremuloides, is a member of the Salicaceae, or willow family. It is one of the... Continue Reading →

What’s Blooming Boulder: Montauk Edition

Spending time somewhere other than the Mountain West this summer? Perhaps you’ve traveled to the East coast in late summer. If so, what’s blooming in Montauk? Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, Phytoloccaceae. This unmistakable and common plant is found throughout the east coast in wetter areas from the summer to fall. Growing from 4 to 10 feet... Continue Reading →

Grindelia squarrosa

Flower name:  Curly cup gumweed, Grindelia squarrosa, Asteraceae Large, multi-petaled yellow flowers growing from small stalks in a small, shrub-like appearance Blooms from June to late summer Can be found from foothills to the montane zones throughout the Rockies Meet Your Flower: Curly cup gumweed, Grindelia squarrosa, is a member of the Asteraceae or composite family.... Continue Reading →

Helianthus annuus

Flower name:  Sunflower, Helianthus annuus, Asteraceae Large, multi-petaled yellow flowers growing from small stalks Blooms from June to late summer Can be found from foothills to the montane zones throughout the Rockies Meet Your Flower: Sunflower, Helianthus annuus, is a member of the Asteraceae or composite family. This is one of the most complex plant families with... Continue Reading →

Rhus glabra

Flower name:  Smooth sumac, Rhus glabra, Anacardiaceae Small, numerous, 5-petaled white or green flowers growing on a tall stalk Blooms from June to late summer Can be found from the foothills to the montane  zones Meet Your Flower: Smooth sumac, Rhus glabra, is ubiquitous on many popular trails throughout the Rocky Mountain region. It is a... Continue Reading →

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