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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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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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