April 03, 2020
Estes Park resident, YMCA hikemaster, and flower expert Marlene Borneman is helping us countdown to summer.
Estes Park resident, YMCA hikemaster, and flower expert Marlene Borneman is helping us countdown to summer. Every Friday we will post a springtime flower and we invite you to follow along on our Facebook page or Instagram (@ymcarockies)!
To explore more of the wildflowers that grow in our Rocky Mountain area, check out Marlene’s book Rocky Mountain Wildflowers.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Which flower commonly blooms around Easter Time?
The Stemless Easter Daisy! Pollinators like this bee are so important — wildflowers can’t live without them! You will find the Easter Daisy( Townsendia exscapa, Sunflower Family – Asteraceae) hugging the ground around Easter time, thus the common name Easter Daisy.
Easter daisies present with white-pinkish daisy-like flowers on top of green-grayish leaves. There are at least two species that grow in RMNP: Townsendia hookeri and Townsdendia exscapa. Hooker’s Easter Daisy (T.hookeri) has small flowers and the bracts (a modified leaf under the flower head) are covered with a tuft of tangled hairs on margins. The Stemless Easter Daisy ( T. exscapa) have larger flowers and lack the mass of hairy tufts on the bracts. The bright white flowers are easy to spot on sunny hillsides.
Friday, April 10, 2020
Can you name this Rocky Mountain Wildflower?
Hint: It grows in montane and sub-alpine life zones. It’s one of the earlies spring flowers in the foothills, and blooms all summer long at high elevations. The flowers are white, sometimes, pink. It is part of the Mustard Family.
Answer: Wild Candytuft AKA FENDLER’S PENNYCRESS. MUSTARD FAMILY (Brassicaceae)