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Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains

The distribution of vegetation in the Rocky Mountains correlates directly to elevational changes, which influence the temperature and availability of moisture. Different plant communities characterize each zone (such as foothill, montane, subalpine, and alpine) from the base of a mountain to the top, and each zone may contain several types of plant communities. More than 5,000 plant species occur in the Rocky Mountains. The wildflowers begin to bloom in early spring, as soon as the snow starts to melt. The peak bloom season is mid-summer. This collection highlights some of the most common wildflowers found in the Rocky Mountains.

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Aquilegia coeruleaColorado blue columbine
Rocky Mountain columbine
Arnica cordifoliaHeart-leaf leopardbane
Heartleaf arnica
Balsamorhiza sagittataArrowleaf balsamroot
Arrow-leaf balsamroot
Cardamine cordifoliaHeartleaf bittercress
Caltha leptosepalaElkslip
White marsh marigold
White marsh-marigold
Calochortus nuttalliiSego lily
Mariposa lily
Sego-lily
Castilleja rhexiifoliaSplitleaf Indian paintbrush
Rosy indian-paintbrush
Campanula rotundifoliaBluebell bellflower
Bluebell-of-Scotland
Harebell
Chamerion angustifoliumFireweed
Willow herb
Great willow herb
Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribundaShrubby cinquefoil
Golden-hardhack
Delphinium barbeyiSubalpine larkspur
Dodecatheon pulchellumDarkthroat shooting star
Few-flower shooting star
Western shooting star
Erysimum capitatumPrairie rocket
Sand-dune wallflower
Sanddune wallflower
Western wallflower
Gaillardia aristataCommon gaillardia
Great blanketflower
Blanketflower
Brown-eyed susan
Gentiana calycosaRainier pleated gentian
Ipomopsis aggregataScarlet gilia
Scarlet standing-cypress
Skyrocket
Skunkflower
Lewisia redivivaBitter root
Oregon bitter-root
Linum lewisiiWild blue flax
Prairie flax
Lewis flax
Lupinus sericeusSilky lupine
Mertensia ciliataMountain bluebells
Tall fringe bluebells
Tall fringed bluebells
Mimulus lewisiiPurple monkeyflower
Great purple monkey-flower
Lewis monkey-flower
Monarda fistulosaWild bergamot
Beebalm
Orthocarpus luteusYellow owl's-clover
Penstemon angustifoliusBroad-beard beardtongue
Broadbeard beardtongue
Whorled penstemon
Pedicularis groenlandicaElephanthead lousewort
Phyllodoce empetriformisPink mountain heath
Pink mountain heather
Phlox pulvinataCushion phlox
Phacelia sericeaPurplefringe
Silky phacelia
Primula parryiParry's primrose
Pulsatilla patensEastern pasqueflower
American Pasqueflower
Ranunculus eschscholtziiEschscholtz's buttercup
Subalpine Buttercup
Scabrethia scabra ssp. scabraBadlands mule-ears
Sedum lanceolatumLanceleaf Stonecrop
Spearleaf stonecrop
Symphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatumWestern mountain aster
Tetraneuris grandifloraAlpine sunflower
Graylocks four-nerve daisy
Old-man-of-the-mountain
Rydbergia
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