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Flowering Plants

Fetid goosefoot
Photo: Chick Keller

Fetid goosefoot

(Dysphania graveolens)

Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranths)

The leaves are aromatic. Turns red in autumn.

From 9/18 to 10/31

Color: red

Habitat: ponderosa
in shade of pines and junipers or occasionally in open dry plains and ridge tops

Common; native

Golden Whitlow-grass
Photo: Chick Keller

Golden Whitlow-grass

(Draba aurea)

Family: Arabideae (Mustards)

A tiny mustard. Leaves usually have numerous straight and branched hairs. The seedpods are usually flattened not twisted.

From 6/11 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer
montane, alpine, subalpine, meadows, woodlands

Uncommon; native

Wirey Bahia
Photo: Chick Keller

Wirey Bahia

(Bahia dissecta)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

The plant has an open, airy growth pattern with deeply clefted leaves.

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: pinyon-juniper, ponderosa, disturbed soil
foothills, montane, disturbed areas, meadows

Common; native

Purple Aster
Photo: Jennifer Macke

Purple Aster

(Dieteria canescens)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

The stems are slender, green, and erect. The leaves, stems, and flower stalks are variable in that they may be hairless or covered with hairs.

From 9/10 to 10/31

Color: purple,blue

Habitat: pinyon-juniper, disturbed soil
foothills, montane, subalpine

Common; native

Spreading Fleabane
Photo: Chick Keller

Spreading Fleabane

(Erigeron divergens)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

The plant has many branches, with dense hair and rather short, upper mostly vertical stem leaves.

From 9/3 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: pinyon-juniper, ponderosa, mixed conifer, oak woodland, mountain meadow
foothills, montane, meadows, disturbed areas

Common; native

Regal Daisy
Photo: Chick Keller

Regal Daisy

(Erigeron eximius)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

The plant spreads by underground roots producing a mass of leaves. However, very few of the leaf clusters produce flowers.

From 8/1 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: mixed conifer
montane, woodlands

Common; native

Whiplash Daisy
Photo: Chick Keller

Whiplash Daisy

(Erigeron flagellaris)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

It sends out runner to colonize large areas. The leaves are numerous and narrow.

From 5/30 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: ponderosa, mixed conifer
foothills, montane, subalpine, meadows

Common; native

Showy Fleabane
Photo: Chick Keller

Showy Fleabane

(Erigeron speciosus)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

There are six common (and a few more uncommon) Erigeron in the area. This species is one of the most common. To help in distinguishing these, PEEC sells a small guide to the Erigerons, which can be purchased at the gift shop.

From 7/12 to 10/31

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa
subalpine, montane, open areas

Common; native

Three-nerved Daisy
Photo: Chick Keller

Three-nerved Daisy

(Erigeron subtrinervis)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

The most beautiful of the fleabanes. It is very similar to the Showy Fleabane but only it has hairs on the surface of its leaves.

From 8/1 to 10/31

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa, mixed conifer
montane, subalpine, meadows

Common; native

Tracy's Fleabane
Photo: Chick Keller

Tracy's Fleabane

(Erigeron tracyi)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Blooms nearly year-round. Has runners during summer and fall. Similar in overall appearance to Spreading Fleabane but has runner similar to Whiplash Daisy.

From 2/1 to 12/1

Color: white

Habitat: pinyon-juniper
foothills, open areas, and woods

Common; native

Broom Snakeweed
Photo: Chick Keller

Broom Snakeweed

(Gutierrezia sarothrae)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Also known as Matchbrush. Flowers often do not look as uniform or symmetrical and they cluster at the top of the plant.

From 9/11 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: pinyon-juniper
semi-desert, foothills, openings, roadsides

Common; native

Showy Goldeneye
Photo: Chick Keller

Showy Goldeneye

(Heliomeris multiflora)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Entire, opposite leaves. The flowers start out as a green central disk with tiny green rays and gradually change to yellow.

From 7/19 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer
foothills, montane, subalpine

Locally common; native

Golden Aster

Golden Aster

(Heterotheca villosa)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Also known as Goldeneye. Golden Aster will bloom throughout the summer until snowfall.

From 6/27 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: pinyon-juniper, ponderosa
semi-desert, foothills, montane, openings, disturbed areas

Common; native

Gayfeather
Photo: Chick Keller

Gayfeather

(Liatris punctata)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Stems bear narrow flower heads are arranged in slender wands. The flowers crowd together at the top third to half of the stem.

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: purple,pink

Habitat: ponderosa
forests, shrub, woodland, prairie, grassland

Common; native

Many-headed Senecio
Photo: Chick Keller


Many-headed Senecio

Many-headed Senecio

(Senecio spartioides var. multicapatatus)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

This plant grows in an open manner with many stems. The flowers appear as flat-topped clusters.

From 8/25 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: mixed conifer
semi-desert, foothills, shrublands, and sandy, gravelly openings

Locally common; native

Smooth Goldenrod
Photo: Corrie Clinton

Smooth Goldenrod

(Solidago simplex)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

The flowers are small and clustered in such a way as to give the plant a soft, fuzzy appearance

From 8/2 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa
montane, subalpine, alpine, meadows

Common; native

Threenerve Goldenrod
Photo: Chick Keller

Threenerve Goldenrod

(Solidago velutina)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

The plant arches slightly and the flowers grow on one side of the stem.

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa
foothills, montane, subalpine, meadows, woodland openings

Uncommon; native

Wright's Goldenrod
Photo: Chick Keller

Wright's Goldenrod

(Solidago wrightii)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Also known as Bushy Goldenrod. This is a tall, erect perennial with large sprays of flowers.

From 8/18 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa
foothills, montane, subalpine, meadows, woodland openings

Common; native

Heath Aster
Photo: Chick Keller

Heath Aster

(Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Spreads by underground runners to form large patches. The leaves are soft green but darken with age.

From 9/10 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: ponderosa
foothills, montane, woodland openings, fields, roadsides

Uncommon; native

Smooth Aster
Photo: Chick Keller

Smooth Aster

(Symphyotrichum laeve)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Perennial with hairless, waxy, reddish stem. Forms clumps.

From 8/26 to 10/31

Color: purple

Habitat: ponderosa
prairies, rocky glades, dry open woods, roadsides

Uncommon; native

Cowpens Daisy
Photo: Chick Keller

Cowpens Daisy

(Verbesina encelioides)

Family: Asteraceae (Daisies)

Also know as Golden Crownbeard and Butter Daisy. Found on disturbed sites.

From 9/10 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: disturbed soil
areas with disturbed soil, open areas, sunny, dry conditions

Common; native

Pinedrops
Photo: Chick Keller

Pinedrops

(Pterospora andromedea)

Family: Ericaceae (Heathers)

Pinedrops have no chlorophyll, so they are parasites on mycorrhizal fungi which in turn are parasitic on conifer roots.

From 6/26 to 10/31

Color: red,yellow

Habitat: ponderosa
montane, confer woodlands

Uncommon; native

Cranesbill
Photo: Chick Keller

Cranesbill

(Erodium cicutarium)

Family: Geraniacea (Geraniums)

A small, low-growing annual. Blooms nearly all year round, including any mild weather in the winter. It was introduced into California from the Mediterranean Basin in the eighteenth century. Some consider it a weed. It is also know as Redstem Filaree, Stork's Bill, and Pinweed.

From 1/2 to 12/30

Color: purple

Habitat: disturbed soil
desert scrub, grasslands, oak woodlands, semi-desert grassland, lawns, gardens; more common at lower elevations but can be found up to 7500' (2250 m)

Common; introduced

Desert Globemallow
Photo: Chick Keller

Desert Globemallow

(Sphaeralcea fendleri)

Family: Malvaceae (Mallows)

Perennial with flowers that come in a variety of shades.

From 7/14 to 10/31

Color: orange

Habitat: pinyon-juniper, ponderosa
desert, upper elevation foothill canyons, mountain

Common; native

Hooker's Evening Primrose
Photo: Chick Keller

Hooker's Evening Primrose

(Oenothera elata)

Family: Onagraceae (Evening Primroses)

Common in disturbed ground. The buds are hairy. Flowers fade to orange with the sun.

From 6/26 to 10/31

Color: yellow

Habitat: ponderosa, disturbed soil
foothills, montane, wet meadows, roadsides

Common; native

Firecracker Penstemon
Photo: Chick Keller

Firecracker Penstemon

(Penstemon barbatus)

Family: Plantaginaceae (Speedwells)

Tubular flowers arranged in pairs with large upper lip and drooping lower lip.

From 6/8 to 10/31

Color: red

Habitat: ponderosa
open, rocky soil in mixed conifer forests

Common; native

Skyrocket Gilia
Photo: Chick Keller

Skyrocket Gilia

(Ipomopsis aggregata/Gilia aggregata)

Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)

Pronounced “JILL-ee-uh”. Occurs at a range of elevations. The leaves are silver-speced with fine hairs.

From 6/27 to 10/31

Color: red

Habitat: ponderosa
semi-desert, foothills, montane, woodlands, meadows, openings

Common; native

Pale trumpets
Photo: Akkana Peck

Pale trumpets

(Ipomopsis longiflora)

Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)

Also called Flaxflowered Gilia or White-flower Skyrocket. The flowers are slender and trumpet-shaped and can range from white to shades of purple. Moths are attracted to the flowers at night.

From 7/15 to 12/31

Color: purple,blue

Habitat: pinyon-juniper
dry plains, mesas

Common; native

 

Flowering Shrubs

 

Apache Plume
Photo: Chick Keller


Apache Plume

Apache Plume

(Fallugia paradoxa)

Family: Rosaceae

From 6/6 to 10/31

Color: white

Habitat: piñon-juniper,ponderosa

Common; native


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