Category Archives: Wildflowers

April Wildflowers

Spring Beauty
Spring Beauty

April 24-26, 2009: Jim Erdman reported these April blooms in GVM. He welcomes comments and additions.

  • Ball Cactus (Pediocactus simpsonii)
  • Bluebells; Chiming Bells (Mertensia lanceolata)
  • Biscuit Root; Wafer Parsnip; Wild Celery (Cymopterus acaulis)
  • Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Crane’s Bill; Alfilaria; Filaree; Red Crane’s Bill (Erodium cicutarium)
  • Dwarf Mountain Fleabane (Erigeron compositus)
  • Mouse-ear (Cerastium strictum)
  • Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla ludoviciana)
  • Spring Beauty (Claytonia rosea)

Click “more…” to see images and details from Jim. Continue reading April Wildflowers

Mystery Plant ID

Mystery plant
Mystery plant is White Scorpion-weed

During our October 2008 workday at Crellin Lake, a large, odd-looking dried plant was spotted by Judy and Harry. They pulled it up from the north east lake shore and kept it through the winter. During our April Ecology meeting,  Judy turned over the unusual specimen to me.  I just got back from the CSU Herbarium where Jennifer Ackerfield, Research Associate, identified the plant and showed me the pressed, reference specimen. The name of the plant is White Scorpion-weed or White Phacelia (Phacelia alba Rydberg). Continue reading Mystery Plant ID

Our Mountain Cactus Story

GVM Ball Cactus by L. Huckabee 5/20/09
GVM Ball Cactus, L. Huckaby 5/20/09

Jim Erdman sent this information: Ball or Mountain Cactus (Pediocactus simpsonii) is a common and beautiful cactus you will find throughout Colorado. It is a globular type of cactus reaching up to 6 inches in diameter and is strongly tubercled [meaning rounded projections]. Prickly-pear seems to be more abundant than the Ball or Mountain Cactus, probably because it’s found in more visible masses, especially when in flower. Continue reading Our Mountain Cactus Story