Summer Mountain Colors Wildflowers, Weed & Whatnots

The heavy downpour of rain last week caused havoc and unforeseen disaster in Avon, Colorado. The hillside slopes could only hold back so much when the sudden burst of excessive rain ran downhill. The gush came so hard bringing with it all the vegetation debris, mud and silt. Several homes at the foothill were significantly affected. Some homeowners and renters incurred substantial loss. My team helped to mitigate the loss to our best of abilities. At the end of the week and into Saturday, we ourselves were covered in lots of “mud on our backs.” Some hurled at the height of dismay and frustration. On Sunday, I went out nearby to appreciate nature's colors and what the soil bestow upon us after a long winter - wildflowers.

Long PS: I am not a botanists but I found an App that will identify all plants and flowers by either taking a photo directly or loading a photo already taken to the App. Check this yearly subscription App; PictureThis This paid version app will “observe and read” the subject, then name it and give you most of everything you need to know about a plant or flower. This is how I am able to identify and name all the wildflowers below. Enjoy.

Giant red Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) is a perennial herb wildflower that exhibits a parasitic dependence on other plants. Giant red Indian paintbrush attaches itself to the roots of other plants and takes the nutrients it needs. Giant red Indian paintbrush grows in meadows, forest clearings and woodland areas.
View from Shrine Pass trail overlooking Vail Mountain
Aspen Fleabane - A member of the daisy family, aspen fleabane is a clumpy perennial with pink, white or lavender flowers. Native to parts of North American, this showy flower blooms June through September. A popular flower for gardens, as a ground cover and in garden borders. *Source: PictureThis app
A field of Indian Paint Brushes
Fireweed / Epilobium - Willowherbs

Fireweed is a flowering herb with tall spikes of pink flowers. It gets its name because the seeds need to go through fire before they germinate. This flower can be used to colonize disturbed land which has been damaged by fire or even oil spills.

Fireweed grove in the foreground by the pond overlooking Cooper Mountain Resort
Rainier pleated gentian - (Gentiana calycosa) is a flowering plant species with hardy, thick leaves and thin red stems. Rainier pleated gentian is native to the western United States and Canada. This species is often planted in alpine gardens.
Rhodiola rhodantha (not 💯% sure at time of post)
Magenta Indian Paintbrush
Copycat Pinecone

No, that’s not the name. Will update.

False Chamomile

Scentless mayweed also known as Fasle Chamomile  (Tripleurospermum inodorum) is a perennial wildflower that will grow to 2.5 feet tall. It blooms from June to October with large, daisy-like flowers. Commonly found growing along roadsides and in disturbed areas. Originally from Europe, it's introduced in North America and grows in scattered areas in the southwestern U.S.

Aconitum Columbianum

Colombian Monkshood - Named for its hooded flowers, the columbian monkshood’s sepals resemble a monk’s cowl. This member of the buttercup family is considered poisonous. It grows in moist, wet areas such as meadows and forests.

Western Indian Paintbrush

Another name for western indian paintbrush (Castilleja occidentalis) is western yellow paintbrush. This species is a hemiparasite. This means that it gets some of its nutrients from a neighboring plant. This species is indigenous to western North America.

“You’re no daisy” - Doc Holliday

Large mountain fleabane (Erigeron coulteri) is an herbaceous perennial that blooms from July to September with white, daisy-like flowers with yellow disc centers. Native to the southwestern United States, it is commonly found growing wild in moist wooded areas, stream banks and open fields.

You can ring my bell ..

Tall fringed bluebells (Mertensia ciliata) are among the tallest of all the bluebells. Indigenous to the western United States, the plant's leaves and flowers are edible. It's often found near streams and in wet meadows in moderate to higher elevations.

Mertens’ Rush and reflection of the sky on the lake

Mertens’ Rush - Juncus mertensianus. Its smooth, flat stems grow to a maximum height near 1.3 foot. Its few leaves are located at the base and also along the stem. Each flower has shiny dark brown to black tepals 0.1-0.2 inch long, six stamens with yellowish anthers, and long reddish stigmas. The fruit is a dark, oblong capsule.

Three Magenta Paintbrush
Ledge stonecrop?

Will update when I find out for certain.

Boletus edulis

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Shall we dance..

Creeping Thistle - This aggressive weed spreads across grasslands and fields via underground roots that creep horizontally, some for more than 16 feet. It can cause major problems to agriculture if its growth is left unchecked. Its seeds feed many birds as well as pest insects. Creeping thistle is generally considered a noxious weed even in its native territory.

Got you covered, Heartleaf.

Heartleaf arnica is a small yellow flower in the sunflower family with brightly colored petals, hairy stems, and heart-shaped leaves. These plants spread through their root system and can form large colonies. Parts of the plant have been used as a conditioner for hair, although it can create mild discomfort. An individual plant can live for up to 12 years!


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Raj Manickam


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