Wildflowers

Exploring nature...our way

The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see. _Albert Einstein

Flowers and Insects

A compilation of flowers and insects, with pages of colorful photos, as well as information about the great importance of these two living things in our ecosystem.

Sometimes we get lucky finding a whole meadow of colorful wildflowers, with butterflies and bees buzzing and flying from bloom to bloom.  Truly an amazing experience to be surrounded by this wonderful nature. Turn on the sound.

Wildflowers of Colorado

Colorado Wildflowers Part 1
Colorado Wildflowers Part 2

The best part of hiking in Colorado are the amazing displays of wildflowers from the foothills to the high alpine zone. From early spring to mid-summer there are varieties of species and colors, sometimes in small groups or by themselves, or hidden among bushes, under the shade of trees or nestled among rocks.

 

The best treat is finding a meadow full of colorful flowers, such as the picture above. What an amazing amount of flowers as far as the eye can see, so peaceful and beautiful, the only sound you can hear are the buzzing of the bees and the water flowing in the stream. Such an abundance of wildflowers does not always happen; it depends on how much precipitation our mother nature gave each year. You just have to be at the right place and at the right time; even in more dry times, it is possible to find some pretty spectacular stands of wildflowers.

Through the years we have collected hundreds of pictures of wildflowers from our hiking trips. We always bring our cameras, since you never know what you will find; it's worth carrying the extra weight when you find something rare (Hermann's camera equipment can be quite heavy when he brings along extra lenses to get just the right shot).

Summer Hiking in Colorado 2019

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Colorado High Mountain Landscapes

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Colorado wildflowers
(For more wildflowers and information click the books above)

Wildflowers grow in different zones. Here in Colorado, there are five - Plains, Foothills, Montane, Subalpine and Alpine. Some of these wildflowers are native and some were introduced from other regions and other countries. Examples below. Click each photo for full view.

- Blue/Purple/Violet -

Lanceleaf Chiming Bells (Mertensia lanceolata)
Lanceleaf Chiming Bells (Mertensia lanceolata)
Mountain Blue Bells (Mertensia ciliata)
Mountain Blue Bells (Mertensia ciliata)
Hooked-spur Violet (Viola adunca)
Hooked-spur Violet (Viola adunca)
Blue Flax(Adenolinum lewisii)
Blue Flax(Adenolinum lewisii)
Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)
Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)
Alpine Bluebells (Mertensia alpina)
Alpine Bluebells (Mertensia alpina)
Subalpine Larkspur (Delphinium barbeyi)
Subalpine Larkspur (Delphinium barbeyi)
Early Larkspur(Delphinium nuttallianum)
Early Larkspur(Delphinium nuttallianum)
Arctic Alpine Forget-Me-Not (Eritrichum aretioides)
Arctic Alpine Forget-Me-Not (Eritrichum aretioides)
Sticky Polemonium (Polemonium viscosum)
Sticky Polemonium (Polemonium viscosum)

Sticky Polemonium, also called Sky Pilot and Skunkweed is native to the United States.

Rocky Mountain Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium confertum)
Rocky Mountain Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium confertum)
Western Blue Flag Iris ( Iris missouriensis)
Western Blue Flag Iris ( Iris missouriensis)
Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis thermalis)
Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis thermalis)
Western Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis)
Western Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis)
Britton Skullcap (Scutellaria brittonii)
Britton Skullcap (Scutellaria brittonii)
Bigelow's Tansy Aster (Machaeranthera bigelovii)
Bigelow's Tansy Aster (Machaeranthera bigelovii)
Sugar Bowl (Clematis hirsutissima)
Sugar Bowl (Clematis hirsutissima)
Mountain Gentian (Gentiana parryi)
Mountain Gentian (Gentiana parryi)
Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)
Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)
Mountain Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Mountain Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
Parry's Bellflower (Campanula parryi)
Parry's Bellflower (Campanula parryi)
Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
Blue Mist Penstemon (Penstemon virens)
Blue Mist Penstemon (Penstemon virens)
Whipple's Penstemon (Penstemon whippleanus)
Whipple's Penstemon (Penstemon whippleanus)
Purple Fringe (Phacelia sericea)
Purple Fringe (Phacelia sericea)
Little Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Little Gentian (Gentianella amarella)

- Yellow -

Golden Pea
Golden Pea
Prickly Pear Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus
Yellow Salsify
Yellow Salsify
Globeflower
Globeflower
Alpine Sunflower
Alpine Sunflower
Subalpine Buttercup
Subalpine Buttercup
Mountain Monkey Flower
Mountain Monkey Flower
Alpine Buttercup
Alpine Buttercup
Lyall's Goldenweed
Lyall's Goldenweed
Yellow Violet
Yellow Violet
Western Wallflower
Western Wallflower
Mountain Gumweed
Mountain Gumweed
Hopi Blanketflower
Hopi Blanketflower
Leafy Cinquefoil
Leafy Cinquefoil
Curlycup Gumweed
Curlycup Gumweed

- White -

White Mountain Aven
White Mountain Aven
Marsh Marigold
Marsh Marigold
Fringed Grass of Parnassus
Fringed Grass of Parnassus
Large Mountain Fleabane
Large Mountain Fleabane
White Gentian
White Gentian
Alpine Lily
Alpine Lily
American Bistort
American Bistort
Western Blue Virginsbower
Western Blue Virginsbower
Tufted Evening Primrose
Tufted Evening Primrose
Sand Lily
Sand Lily
Mountain Ninebark
Mountain Ninebark
Boulder Raspberry
Boulder Raspberry
Night-flowering Catchfly
Night-flowering Catchfly
Mouse-eared Chickweed
Mouse-eared Chickweed
Mariposa Lily
Mariposa Lily

- Red & Orange -

Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush
Claret Cup Cactus
Claret Cup Cactus
King's Crown
King's Crown
Rosy Pussytoes
Rosy Pussytoes
Scartlet Gilia
Scartlet Gilia
Alpine Sorrel
Alpine Sorrel
Western Wallflower
Western Wallflower
Foothills  Paintbrush
Foothills Paintbrush
Orange Agoseris
Orange Agoseris
Old Man's Whiskers
Old Man's Whiskers

- Pink & Fuchsia -

Crown Vetch
Crown Vetch
Creeping Bellflower
Creeping Bellflower
Colorado Loco
Colorado Loco
Wild Bergamot
Wild Bergamot
Spring Beauty
Spring Beauty
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Wild Geranium
Wild Geranium
Wild Rose
Wild Rose
Calypso Orchid
Calypso Orchid
Common Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Shooting Star
Shooting Star
Swamp Laurel
Swamp Laurel
Pygmy Bitterroot
Pygmy Bitterroot
Alpine Lewisia
Alpine Lewisia
Moss Campion
Moss Campion
Parry Primrose
Parry Primrose