It’s the Perfect Time to View Spring Wildflowers in Colorado
There are plenty of reasons why Colorado starts with the word color including these amazing spring wildflowers.
The primrose is a popular flower garden perennial, but the wild variety can be a beautiful white and pink compared to garden varieties which are generally light yellow. Primrose is from the Old French primrose or medieval Latin prima rosa which means ‘first rose’ although it is not part of the rose family.
ALPINE BLUEBELLS IN ASPEN
First spring wildflowers in Aspen! Alpine bluebells (Mertensia alpina) flowering on one of the sunniest and first-to-dry trails in Aspen. It's flowers initially bloom as light pink but change color to a dark purple/blue as the pH in the flower tissue rises, which is common in the Boraginaceae family. Mertensia are native to North America and a large part of Asia, but it's center of diversity is found in the Rocky Mountains. The ant in this picture is awesome. #mertensia #mertensiaalpina #bluebells #alpinebluebells #boraginaceae #coloradowildflowers #ants
These are often called Alpine Bluebells because they grow almost exclusively in the mountains. You’ll see these everywhere in higher elevations, but that doesn’t take away from their beauty.
Spring has officially arrived in the Rocky Mountains! First Pasqueflowers (Pulsatilla patens) of the season. These beauties are one of the very first wildflowers to blossom in the alpine in the spring, and the flowers appear before the leaves. Also known as Prarie Crocus, it can grow at high altitudes up to 12,500 ft, and it's stem and leaves are covered with fine silky hairs that help protect it from the cold. The medicinal qualities of Pasqueflowers are extensive, and have been used by Native American tribes for centuries, but caution must be used as they are toxic if handled incorrectly. This is common for the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family, known for its combination of poison and medicine. A tincture made from the flowers is thought to aid with anxiety, insomnia, and headaches. #pasqueflower #pulsatillapatens #anemonepatens #prariecrocus #windanemone #ranunculaceae #buttercups #coloradowildflowers #rockymountainwildflowers : Eagle eye @anndriggers
One of the traits of the pasqueflower is it can survive in areas with extreme cold. These awesome little flowers usually bloom from March until June. The flower’s name Pasque refers to either Easter or Passover since the flowers bloom around these holidays.
Sagebrush buttercup seen in the foothills west of Denver. One of the earliest spring wildfowers. #wildflowers #coloradowildflowers #coloradobeauty #colorfulcolorado #coloradophotography #colorado #coloradolife #coloradogram #coloradoexposure #colorado_daily #colorado_photographers #coloradocameraclub #coloradogram #coloradotography #coloradolife #coloradofoothills
The Sagebrush Buttercup is most likely to be found in areas where sagebrush is growing, thus the name. It is one of the first flowers to bloom in the areas where it is most common. They can also be found in forests with ponderosa pine trees.
In addition to being this flower’s name, periwinkle is a color in the blue and violet family. This plant is also known as creeping vinca and can make a great ground cover which is excellent for erosion control including sloping hillsides.
SAND LILY (also known as Mountain Lily)
Sand Lily seen in the Colorado foothills. One of the earliest spring wildflowers. #wildflowers #coloradowildflowers #coloradobeauty #colorfulcolorado #coloradophotography #colorado #coloradolife #coloradogram #coloradoexposure #colorado_daily #colorado_photography #colorado_photographers #coloradolove
The Sand Lily is a tough little flower that can withstand hot days, poor soil, and a little water. It is a native desert plant that thrives best in its natural environment. While brutally tough in the wild, some say growing sand lily in your flower garden can be a challenge.