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Flowers in the Aspen Groves

Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Many different wildflowers are found in the understory in aspen groves in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Some of the more common species are sneezeweed, mariposa lily, columbine, and iris.

Photo Gallery

Click the thumbnail images below to see larger images of the flowers.

  • Red baneberry (<em>Actaea rubra</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Red baneberry (Actaea rubra). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Canadian anemone (<em>Anemone canadensis</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Canadian anemone (Anemone canadensis). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Spreading dogbane (<em>Apocynum androsaemifolium</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Colorado blue columbine (<em>Aquilegia caerulea</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Colorado blue columbine (Aquilegia caerulea). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Heartleaf arnica (<em>Arnica cordifolia</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Heartleaf arnica (Arnica cordifolia). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Gunnison's mariposa lily (<em>Calochortus gunnisonii</em>). Photo by A. Kratz.

    Gunnison's mariposa lily (Calochortus gunnisonii). Photo by A. Kratz.

  • Bluebell bellflower (<em>Campanula rotundifolia</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Bluebell bellflower (Campanula rotundifolia). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Wholeleaf Indian paintbrush (<em>Castilleja integra</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Wholeleaf Indian paintbrush (Castilleja integra). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Giant red Indian paintbrush (<em>Castilleja miniata</em>). Photo by A. Kratz.

    Giant red Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata). Photo by A. Kratz.

  • Rock clematis (<em>Clematis columbiana</em>). Photo by A. Kratz.

    Rock clematis (Clematis columbiana). Photo by A. Kratz.

  • Hairy clematis (<em>Clematis hirsutissima</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Hairy clematis (Clematis hirsutissima). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Squirreltail (<em>Elymus elymoides</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Squirreltail (Elymus elymoides). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Woodland strawberry (<em>Fragaria vesca</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Elkweed (<em>Frasera speciosa</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Elkweed (Frasera speciosa). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Geum triflorum

    Old man's whiskers (Geum triflorum). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Scarlet gilia (<em>Ipomopsis aggregata</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata). Photo by S. Olson.

  • ocky Mountain iris (<em>Iris missouriensis</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Rocky Mountain iris (Iris missouriensis). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Porter's licorice root (<em>Ligusticum porteri</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Porter's licorice root (Ligusticum porteri). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Silvery lupine (<em>Lupinus argenteus</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Silvery lupine (Lupinus argenteus). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Wild bergamot (<em>Monarda fistulosa</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Fendler's ragwort (<em>Packera fendleri</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Fendler's ragwort (Packera fendleri). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Canadian lousewort (<em>Pedicularis canadensis</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Canadian lousewort (Pedicularis canadensis). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Giant lousewort (<em>Pedicularis procera</em>). Photo by A. Kratz.

    Giant lousewort (Pedicularis procera). Photo by A. Kratz.

  • Blackeyed Susan (<em>Rudbeckia hirta</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). Photo by S. Olson.

  • Spreadfruit goldenbanner (<em>Thermopsis divaricarpa</em>). Photo by S. Olson.

    Spreadfruit goldenbanner (Thermopsis divaricarpa). Photo by S. Olson.

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