Category Archives: wildflowers

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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Silky Locoweed

This white form of locoweed tends to bloom early. Most of it has set set seed in our area already, but those plants still flowering are popular. Oxytropis sericea Same bumblebee here (it worked over a cluster of plants quite … Continue reading

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Scarlet Paintbrush

Okay, everyone, I need you to imagine the sound of a bottle rocket launching. Here, I’ll help you: tskssssssssssksssssshsss…. sksssssssshssskssssssss…. shsssksssssssssssskssssss… Bang! Castilleja miniata

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