Colorado Wildflower Report, Early Blooms in the Mountains

We’re seeing the typical early summer wilds in the San Juan National Forest.  At altitudes above 9200 feet, the parry’s primrose are blooming along the creeks.  Up along West Mancos Road, we’re seeing the prolific wild lupine in bunches (so glad the cattle don’t eat lupine).  It’s still a bit early up along Mineral Creek Road outside of Silverton, so I’m going back up there in two weeks and will report.  I heard from some hikers that the meadow up on the Engineer Mountain trail is close to peaking.  Will report later this week.

Flowers in bloom

  • Wild Lupine
  • Yellow Snapdragon
  • Parry’s Primrose
  • Giant Green Gentian
  • Marsh Marigold
  • Thimbleberry
  • Cow Parsnip
  • The Columbine are just beginning to show up at around 9500 feet

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