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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 sericeaSilky Phacelia
Purple Fringe
Primula parryiParry's Primrose
Pulsatilla patensEastern Pasqueflower
American Pasqueflower
Ranunculus eschscholtziiEschscholtz's Buttercup
Subalpine Buttercup
Scabrethia scabra ssp. scabraBadlands Mule-ears
Sedum lanceolatumSpearleaf Stonecrop
Lanceleaf Stonecrop
Symphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatumWestern Mountain Aster
Tetraneuris grandifloraGraylocks Four-nerve Daisy
Alpine Sunflower
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Light requirement
 Sun - 6 or more hrs
 Part shade - 2 to 6 hrs
 Shade - 2 hrs or less

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