The first one we'll look at is Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera). It's fairly common on the mountain and can be found in nurseries. It's known as Mexican Hat in garden shops. It's in the aster family so it has the bright yellow ray flowers (which look like individual petals) around the outside.and a tall cone of disk flowers in the middle. They may have some dark red mixed in with the yellow, but most of the natives are only gold.
|Purple Prairie Clover with Golden Asters|
|Purple Prairie Clover closeup|
While I was running on the Summit Loop Trail Saturday I found another flower that's unusual for Green Mountain. This one is Miners Candle (Oreocarya virgata). It's fairly common in the mountains, but I've only seen it on GM a couple times. It's in the Borage family which means it has lots of hairs all over the stems. If you brush against it your arms or legs against it you might feel the itch that come from the hairs.
We'll be heading to Crested Butte for a few days over the 4th. Should be some great wildflowers up there so I may post a few pictures from up there next weekend. Enjoy the holiday!