Guess That Wildflower 2013

Post by blogger | June 20, 2013      

As the sun set, new aspen leaves electrified the forest with a burst of green. Roof of port-a-hut in lower left.

May was cold and wet in western Colorado and though that stretches the patience for those longing for the summer’s warm massage, brilliance pops in the backcountry when the sun finally does shine. On our first trip back to the WildSnow port-a-hut, we oohed and awed over nature’s bright beauty springing up all around us.


This lovely little plant greeted us as we walked down the rock steps next to the deck. Wildflower 1.


Beautiful patterns of the lower bark of an old aspen tree.


We've spent months clearing dead fall and standing dead out of the overgrown forest. Healthy little pines are budding, enjoying the sunshine let in by uncrowded spaces.

High alpine Colorado wildflowers change as summer rolls through. These are the first that popped up. Name these wildflowers — extra points for the scientific name and interesting factoids — especially if the leaves will work in a salad.


1. Easy



Wildflower 3.






Wildflower 6.



9 Responses to “Guess That Wildflower 2013”

  1. Jim L June 20th, 2013 12:03 pm

    1 Columbine
    2 Daisey?
    3 Beargrass
    4 ?
    5 Paintbrush
    6 Violet

  2. ffelix June 20th, 2013 1:06 pm

    4. Star-flowered False Solomon’s Seal

  3. Ray June 20th, 2013 6:44 pm

    The first flower that is popping out by the deck is False Solomon’s Seal. Its tastes like spinach when the plant is young and hasn’t opened its bud

  4. Lisa Dawson June 20th, 2013 7:13 pm

    Jim, good job identifying #1. For the longest time I thought it was a shooting star.

    I think #2 is Heliomeris multiflora, also known as Goldeneye. This post taught me that I should have included a view of the leaves in the photo, since they are often the distinctive aspect with identifying wildflowers.

  5. Lisa Dawson June 20th, 2013 7:21 pm

    Felix, I think #4 is Wild Lily Of The Valley which is similar but smaller and whiter than False Solomon’s Seal.

  6. Lisa Dawson June 20th, 2013 7:40 pm

    Ray, thanks for the tidbit about False Solomon’s Seal tasting like spinach. I’ll add it to our salad next time we’re there. Making tea with its roots can be used for constipation and upset stomach. Cooking the leaves make a tea that calms coughs and a warm leaf poultice soothes itching or a rash. Leaf tea also aids in contraception (not tested by WildSnow yet).

  7. Jane June 21st, 2013 10:24 am

    3 isn’t Beargrass. It looks more like Nodding Onion to me.

  8. Snow Blowers June 24th, 2013 4:31 am

    I don’t exactly know what wild flowers they are. But i know the wildness is beauty to be praised. Let me guess here, 2nd one is Goldeneye.

  9. Pete H June 25th, 2013 8:03 am

    #2 also looks like Arnica, but hard to tell without the leaves.

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