2017 Colorado Wildflowers
"Wildflower" is not an exact term. Terms like native species (naturally occurring in the area, see flora), exotic or, better, introduced species (not naturally occurring in the area), of which some are labelled invasive species (that out-compete other plants – whether native or not), imported (introduced to an area whether deliberately or accidentally) and naturalized (introduced to an area, but now considered by the public as native) are much more accurate. - Wikipedia
MORE MORE MORE WILDFLOWERS COMING SOON!
Indian Paintbrush! This wildflower is one of the first to bloom once the snow melts! The species of Indian paintbrush adopted as a symbol of Wyoming (Castilleja linariaefolia) is found on rocky slopes and arid plains and is associated with sagebrush scrub and pinyon pine or juniper woodland.-Wikipedia This photo was taken in Paint Brush Hills Open Space at an elevation of approximately 7200 Feet!
Common Dandelion! Just what is a Dandelion? Its botanical name is Taraxacum officinale. It is found in pastures, fields, farmlands, meadows, wastelands, playgrounds, schoolyards, front yards and back yards. Is the Dandelion a wildflower? Well, it’s a flower and it grows in the wild so one could make a case for it being a wildflower. The Dandelion is actually a member of the Aster family so it has a lot of relatives that we consider wildflowers. Why should we dump on the little Dandelion then and call it a weed? - Info Central. This photo was taken in Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado! It was found on the Talon Trail!