Flowers A-Bloomin’

Maybe my sassy headbands have been seeping something into my head, but I feel like I’m turning into a flower child because I’m loving #alloftheflowers that are literally everywhere around camp.

So, brace yourself. It’s about to get wild.

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Bitterroot on and off the cover of “Rocky Mountain Wildflowers.”

Bad pun aside, the mountains here are littered with wildflowers. You can’t look past a chizzler without seeing one of these little beauties sprout up.

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Phlox varies from dark pink to white.

They grow freely, refusing to let grasses or the sagebrush get in their way.

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Century plant stands tall despite its competition.
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Henbane. It’s brown. I really like this one.

And a PowerPoint of 50 doesn’t even begin to cover the various species sprawled everywhere there is soil available.

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Spotted coralroot. There’s also striped which has stripes instead of the spots.

There are plenty of sticky geranium, and I love them just the same.

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Sticky geranium is a type of orchid.

But this flower was only spotted for two days before a mule deer got to it.

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Fairyslipper didn’t have enough magic to make it through the first week I was here.

Even dogs think flowers are worth chasing down.

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Rocky mountain iris even caught the eye of Hannah, the dog.

The people who settled and created the taxonomy definitely had fun naming these, too.

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Lousewort. It’s like naming your kid “Ugly.”
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Bluebell. It’s a blue flower and looks like a bell #duh
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Beardtongue. Looks more like a dragon’s tongue to me, which was its original common name, but it changed.
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Western coneflower: looks like a flower with a cone on it that lives in the west.

And the ringer: rosy pussytoes, meaning like a cat’s toes. Jeepers, how language has evolved over the years!

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Rosy pussytoes

Note: The cover photo is “prairie smoke” that isn’t quite in bloom yet. 

 

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