Category Archives: summer

Rocky Mountain Ninebark

Physocarpus monogynus As charming as this flowering shrub is, you’d think I would have learned its name long ago, but I didn’t look it up until last year. “Ninebark” comes from the belief that the shrub’s shredding bark consisted of … Continue reading

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Clustered Broomrape

This was a rare treat; I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this cool-looking little plant before. The plants are parasitic, and this one is most likely dependent on the fringed sage (Artemisia frigida) you see growing at the base (silvery … Continue reading

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Harebells

My field guide gives the common name as “Common Harebell,” but in my opinion there’s nothing common about them (okay, other than that they’re common (as in frequently seen, particularly this summer)). Pretty, pretty, pretty: And this year, more than … Continue reading

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Lance-Leaved Stonecrop

Sedum lanceolatum I tend to think of this bunchy upright succulent as a loner, but right now I’m seeing crops of stonecrops:  

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Fleabanes and the Like

Another one of those large flower groups that prove troublesome to those of us who haven’t learned to key out plants. These are some of the first flowers we see in spring, but like so many of the native plants, … Continue reading

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Narrow-leaved puccoon

If you’re new to Between Urban and Wild or haven’t stopped by in a while, we’re having a terrific wildflower year in this part of central Colorado. I’m spending July blogging the bloom: posting a photo a day of a … Continue reading

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Western Blue Flax

Linum lewisii

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Thimbleberry

I’ve been using the term “wildflowers,” but I’m including flowering plants more broadly in my project. Rubus parviflorus   7/8: Nope.  More likely Boulder Raspberry, Oreobatus deliciosus. They’re almost finished flowering now, with just a few scattered flowers on the bushes, but … Continue reading

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Groundsels

Senecio species I’d need to dig deeper to narrow down the name, since we have a couple of variations in leaf shape/wooliness and some differences in the ray shape and arrangement. Based on the habitat here, chances are pretty good … Continue reading

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July Vacation

This morning began with work on a blog post I’ve had in mind since sometime in May. I took a batch of pictures for it on the first of June, and finally started writing this morning, running late but determined … Continue reading

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