Tall Forb Community: Bee Pastures in the Sky

Tall Forb Community Poster
What plants and animals can you find in the Tall Forb Community of the Intermountain West? Select the plants and animals above to find out. Art and design by Steve Buchanan. Download PDF Version, 7.6 MB. 1. Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmanni) 2. Subalpine Fire (Abies lasiocarpa) 3. Aspen (Populus tremuloides) 4. White Colorado Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea var. cohroleuca) 5. Tobacco Root (Valeriana occidentalis) 6. Split-leaf Paintbrush (Castilleja rhexiifolia</em) 7. Engelmann's Aster (Eucephalus engelmannii) 8. Wasatch Penstemon (Penstemon cyananthus) 9. Little Sunflower (Helianthella uniflora) 34. Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) 10. Western Sweetcicely (Osmorhiza occidentalis) 11. Splitleaf Balsamroot (Balsomrhiza macrophylla) 12. Letterman's Needlegrass (Achnatherum lettermanii</em) 13. Scarlet Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata) 14. Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) 15. Mountain Brome (Bromus marginatus) 16. Sulphur-flower Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum var. unbellatum) 17. Silky Lupine (Lupinus sericeus) 18. Leafy Jacobsladder (Polemonium foliosissmum) 19. Hood's Sedge (Carex hoodii) 20. Sticky Geranium (Geranium viscosissimum) 21. Horsemint (Agastache urticifolia) 22. Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia parviflora) 23. Tolmie Owlclover (Orthocarpus tolmiei) 24. Western Wallflower (Erysimum asperum) 25. Mountain Silver Sagebrush (Artemisia cana ssp. viscidula) 26. Fernleaf Licorice-root (Ligusticum filicimum) 27. Tall Larkspur (Delphinium occidentale) 27. Tall Larkspur (Delphinium occidentale) 28. Mountain Coneflower (Rudbeckia occidentalis) 29. Mountain Pennyroyal (Mondardella odoratissima) 30. Mountain Avens (Geum rossii var. turbinatum) 31. Brewer's Cliffbrake (Pellaea breweri) 32. Bumblebee (Bombus melanopygus) 32. Bumblebee (Bombus melanopygus) 33. West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) 35. Mormon Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria mormonia) 35. Mormon Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria mormonia) 35. Mormon Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria mormonia) 35. Mormon Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria mormonia) 36. Western Tiger Swallowtail (Paplio rutulus) 36. Western Tiger Swallowtail (Paplio rutulus) 37. Blue Copper Butterfly (Lycaena heteronea) 37. Blue Copper Butterfly (Lycaena heteronea) 38. Police Car Moth (Gnophaela vermiculata)

Have you ever longed to escape the scorching summer heat and find yourself wading chest-deep in a sea of mountain wildflowers under an endless expanse of electric-blue skies? The thin, fragrant air is filled with buzzing bees, flitting butterflies and zipping broad-tailed hummingbirds. As you lift your face to soak up the warm sunshine, a perfumed breeze fills your senses.

If you are fortunate enough to travel the backcountry highlands of the interior West, such an experience can still be yours. As you ascend western Wyoming's lofty mountain ranges or up Utah's imposing high plateau country the mountain brush communities give way to aspen stands and cool timbered forests of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. Finally, as you arrive at the top of these subalpine parks and tablelands, an extravagant wildflower-filled panorama welcomes you, the Tall Forbs.

Explore the Tall Forbs

Small sunflower (Helianthella uniflora).Paradise Reclaimed
Where to see and experience the Tall Forb Community

Tall Forb flower bouquet on Grayback Ridge.More Information
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“Other experiences seemed but to have prepared me for this, as souls are prepared for heaven. To describe the colors on a single mountain would, if it were possible at all, require many a volume — purples, and yellows, and delicious pearly grays divinely toned and interblended…”

John Muir, Steep Trails 1918