It was planned an easy morning hike: park the car at Chataqua Park in Boulder, Colorado, and walk southward, uphill. But the Front Range had a much wetter than normal May (2021), so the plants were lush and flowering vigorously. It turned into a spectacular wildflower walk:
Looking up at the Flatirons
There were penstemons (also called larkspurs, genus Penstemon, plantain family, Plantaginaceae) flowering everywhere
|Hillside with penstemons|
The penstemons were not just on the hillside, but under the pines, here mixed with mouse ear chickweed (Cerastium, carnation family Caryophyllaceae). Boulder County has seven species of penstemon, in colors from white to purple, sometimes all of the colors in one population of one species.
Beside the trail, a geranium in full flower (genus Geranium, geranium family, Geraniaceae, probably Richardson's geranium Geranium richardsonii but there are 3 other species of geranium in the county).
|view from Chataqua Park, Boulder|
And, one more view of the Flatirons ahead
yellow salsify link
wild geraniums link