|Antelope Horns (Asclepias
Flowers: fragrant up to 1/2" wide in clusters 3" wide; followed by stout, 6" long, green pod with olive-green and pink streaks. Leaves: Dark green and narrow, with grayish stripe down midvein. Up to 6"
|Bluebells (Mertensia franciscana)
Flowers: dark to pale blue, tubular. June to September. Leaves: dark green lanced shaped to 5" long. Flattened hair on upper surface.
|Coneflower - Mexican Hat (Ratibida
Flowers: heads 1-3" with rays 1/2-3/4" yellow, yellow w/red brown base or red brown w/yellow tip. Flowers grow on long leafless stalks. Leaves: 1-6" pinnately cleft into narrow segments.
Flowers: 1" wide; 5 petals about1/2-3/4" stamens 10; Leaves: 1 1/2-5" palmately cleft and divided into 5-7 segments.
|Fleabane (Erigeron divergens)
Flowers: White, pink or lavender; 1" narrow bracts; Leaves: tufts at base 1/2-1" becoming smaller higher.
|Pink Vervain (Verbenia
Flowers corolla 1/4-1/2" wide, tublar base 1-1.5 times the length of the calyx which is glandular-hairy; Leaves 1/4-2 1/2"long pinnately divided
| Scarlet Gilia-Skyrocket (Ipomopsis
Plant is part of the phlox family and not a
|Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea
Flowers: 1/2-1 1/2"; petals 5 with many stamens; Leaves: 4" wide round with 5-7shallow lobes.
|Golden Aster (Chrysopsis villosa)
Flowers 1" yellow around yellow disk. Leaves: lanceolate. 1/2-1 1/4". Stem covered with rough grayish hairs.
|Common Monkeyflower (Mimulus
Flowers: corolla 1/2"-1 1/2" often with reddish spots near opening. 2 lobes at top bent upward & 3 lower lobes bent downward. Leaves: 1/2-4", ovate, opposite and edges with sharp teeth.
|Western Monkshood (Aconitum
Flower has 5 sepals resembling petals.
|Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Flowers Pink to reddish lavender, rayless, and nodding; flowerhead
surrounded by series of spiny-toothed bracts; to 2 1/2" wide. Leaves: Green,
deeply lobed, spiny, stalkless, to 8" long.
|New Mexico Vervain (Verbena
Flowers: spikes with ring of blue-violet symmetrical flowers. Leaves: blades to 4", opposite, toothed, ovate.
|Indian Paint Brush-Castilleja
Actually, the flowers of this plant are not attractive but surrounding bracts and the upper leaves are highly colored.
Flower heads about 1½"
wide. Leaves 2-4" oblong with teeth on edges
Flowers 1/8-1/4" with 3-7 rayflowers and 2-6 tiny disk flowers. Leaves vary from 1/4 to 2 1/2" long very narrow
|Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Flowers: Long dense spikelike racemes about 1/2-3/4" broad.
|Blue Flax (Linum perenne)
Flax Family. Flowers: 3/4-1 1/2"wide; petals 5 stamens 5; styles 5 longer than stamens. Leaves are 1/2-1 1/4", narrow with 1 vein. Plant grows to 32"
Mallow Family. Flowers: Deep pink in narrow leaning sprays are 1-1 1/2". petals 5, stamens many. Leaves are up to 4" wide and nearly round.
|Sticky Cinquefoil (Potentilla
Rose Family. Flowers: 1/2-3/4" 5 pointed calyx lobes with smaller bracts between. 5 petals, 25-40 stamens. Leaves: pinnately compound with 5-9 ovate leaflets. Height to 20"
|Western Bistort (Polygonum
Buckwheat Family; Flowers: clusters 1-2" with individual flowers less than 1/4" containing 5 petal-like segments. Leaves are 4"-8" long. Plant grows to 28".
|Orange Agoseris (Agoseris
Sunflower Family; Flowers: 1" with all ray type; Leaves: 2-14" some with large teeth. Grows to 24"
|Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Sunflower family. Flat cluster of small white flowers at the top of a a fibrous stem. Flowers: 3-5 roundish white rays 1/8" long with 10-20 disk flowers. Leaves Up to 1 1/2" divided into fine segments.
|Canada Violet (Viola
Flowers: about 1" white, yellow at the base, 2 upward, 3 lower and 2 at sides. Leaves 1-3", heart shaped.
Flowers: 1/4-1/2" slender without rays, bracts oriented in 5 vertical rows. Leaves: 3/4-3"
|Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Pea family Flowers: 1-1 1/2" Leaves: compound with 3 broad leaflets.
Rose Family Flowers 3/4", sepals 5, green pointed little bracts between, petals 5, stamens many. Leaves: 3 broad leathery leaflets.
|Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentilla
Rose family - Small shrub Flowers: 1" petals Leaves: 5 crowded leaflets about 1/2-3/4". Hairy and gray
|Lady's Thumb (Polygonum
Buckwheat family. Flowers 1/16" in dense
|Shaggy mane, Shaggy ink cap (Coprinus comatus)||Slender Gaillardia (Gaillardia
Disk flowers in rounded dome to 1 1/3"
|Cosmos (Cosmos parviflorus)
Flowers: 8 long sepals, with bright yellow disk flowers. Leaves linear very finely divided to 3"
Note by photographer Gerald Earl.
Most of these photos were taken in September of 2002 around Escudilla Mountain. The pictures were not taken to be a means of identifying the plants but merely as appreciation of beauty. I have tried to identify them to the best of my ability and I encourage anyone noticing mistakes on this flower page to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and identification was gleaned primarily from The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers and The Peterson Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers.
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