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Roaring Fork Valley Phenology | July 1, 2013

Columbine Time:

For the best blue columbine show in years  head over to the Government Trail ASAP.  There is an unequalled patch of Colorado’s state flower on West Buttermilk, and another just before entering Snowmass Ski area. The aspen groves in between are full of wild rose (stop and smell them), lupine,  indian paintbrush, and many, many more incredible wildflowers. The blue columbine, Anquilegia coerulea is in the Buttercup family. “Anquilegia” may come from the Latin Aquila (eagle) based on the the plant’s long spurs which resemble an eagle’s talons.

On that note, join us at ACES Raptor Fair, from 3-6 pm on July 5!

 

~ Jim Kravitz, Director of Naturalist Programs