By Richard J. Shaw
A visible advisor to the wildflowers that inhabit the mountains and valleys of northern and primary Utah each spring and summer time. A needs to for the hiker, biker, or lover of the outside. comprises over a hundred full-color pictures.
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Extra resources for Utah Wildflowers: A Field Guide To Northern And Central Mountains And Valleys
Page 125 Epilobium angustifolium Page 126 Elephanthead Pedicularis groenlandica Figwort Family A close examination of a single flower will reveal why this plant has such a descriptive common name. The upper lip of the corolla has a long upward curving beak which encloses the style. Two petals of the lower lip are shaped like ears. Together, the parts of this irregular flower have an amazing resemblance to an elephant's head. The height of the plant varies from 10 to 20 inches, and the leaves are all pinnately divided and quite fern-like.
Zwinger and Willard report that a moss campion plant may be 10 years old before flowering begins, since early growth energy goes into establishing a root system up to 4 or 5 feet deep that accumulates water and anchors the plant against almost constant wind. Each flower has five notched petals, five sepals, and ten delicate stamens. The leaves are short, narrow, and very close together, giving the cushion a mosslike appearance. Page 115 Silene acaulis Page 116 Sticky Geranium Geranium viscosissimum Geranium Family Covered with sticky glandular hairs, this beautiful herbaceous perennial is found in sagebrush, grassland, and midmontane open woods, flowering from June through late August.
This state flower of Utah blooms during June and July. Page 13 Calochortus nuttallii Page 14 Colorado Columbine Aquilegia coerulea Buttercup Family Aquilegia comes from the Latin word aquila meaning "eagle," referring to the long, spurred petals which look like eagle talons. Throughout July and August this delicate and ornamental wildflower brightens canyon trails up to 9,500 feet. The plant has one or more stems 4 to 16 inches tall and mostly basal leaves that are three parted and lobed. The sepals may vary in color from blue to white.