The hills are alive – with the sight of wildflowers. A late start to summer means that alpine wildflowers are blooming their little… uh… hearts out. If you haven’t hiked to the alpine in the past week or so – what are you waiting for? These beauties won’t be around in another month.
A few common alpine wildlflowers by color:
Yellow – alpine cinquefoil, buttercup, alpine goldenrod, yellow paintbrush
White – anemone, starwort, mountain aven, saxifrage, Smelkowskia (a member of the mustard family), woolly fleabane, white mountain-heather
Red & Pink – moss campion, roseroot, pink mountain-heather
Blue & Purple –showy Jacob’s-ladder, forget-me-not, bladder locoweed, scorpionweed
- Most alpine flowers bloom between late June and mid-August.
- Showy Jacob’s-ladder has two other common names – Sky Pilot (nice) and Skunkweed (not so nice, but given because the sticky leaves have a skunk-like odor that often sticks to the shoes and pantlegs of alpinists).
- Tiny white and pink mountain-heather are officially shrubs not wildflowers, due to their “woody” nature.