Colorado wildflowers blooming during the summer are a feast for the senses. Whether you live in the state or just visiting, you will see some of the most beautiful colors and varieties no matter where you go.
So many colors and they are everywhere. Drive along a county road and you see black eyed susans.
Hike in one of the many parks and you will find the blue columbine, paint brush and many more.
Some may look like weeds, but they are really wildflowers. And they are protected. It is illegal to pick wildflowers from parks and along the highway.
Colorado is proud of its pristine beauty in both flora and fauna.
To give you an idea of the most common Colorado wildflowers, I have listed them below. These grow on our property yearly and can be seen just about everywhere in Colorado.
The Blue Columbine is the state flower of Colorado. It grows 1-2 feet tall with bluish purple flowers about 3 inches wide. This beautiful flower can be found in the foothills up to timberline.
The Alpine Rose is found in elevations above timberline. It has bright yellow flowers and leaves like a fern. It can grow up to 10 inches in height.
The Black Eyed Susan is the most viewed wildflower. It can be seen growing along the side of roads, in meadows and near forests.
Even though the Black Eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland (my home state), you will not find the genuine article there.
The flower is about 3 inches wide, growing on a thick stalk anywhere from 12-22 inches in height. You can't miss the dark circle in the middle of the flower. The genuine Black eyed Susan.
The Mountain Daisy is a pale purple flower with a yellow center. Flowers are barely an inch wide and the entire plant can grow to 1-2 feet in height. You can find these just about anywhere, especially where there are aspens growing.
The Blue Flax wildflower grows well in dryer areas of the state, mainly the plains, but can be found at higher elevations.
A very pretty blue color, the flowers are about an inch wide and the plant can grow up to 2 feet.
This flower is unique in the fact that it will drop its flowers, but buds will bloom within a few days.
Locoweed is a very dangerous plant for animals and humans. It is not to be eaten.
It is called Locoweed for a reason. If ingested, it can cause seizures, strange behavior and even death, so keep pets and kids away from it if you are hiking, camping or wildflower watching.
The flowers are common to the sweet pea plant in that they are clustered and on a stalk 12-18 inches high.
You will find them in colors of white, pink and purple, growing from the plains to timberline.
They like gravel and because most of the mountains here are decomposed granite, they thrive.
We have had to take them out by the roots in our fenced area for our dogs and keep a close eye that they don't start growing again.
The Indian Paintbrush is one of my favorite wildflowers. Just look at the color!
The flowers are like spikes and grow on a stalk about 2 feet high. Once you see them in a meadow, you will never forget them. The paintbrush can be found from the plains to the mountain areas in the state.
This variety of the Parsnip family can be found from the foothills to timberline. Its flat white flowers look like mini umbrellas and grow on a stalk from 3-7 feet high.
Another favorite of mine, the Scarlet Trumpet, grows from the foothills to timberline.
The flowers are 1-2 inches long and grow on a stalk that can reach 3 feet in height. Hummingbirds love these wildflowers. We have them on our property and the little guys love to buzz these plants.
These are just a few of the Colorado wildflowers you will see when you visit here.
When you arrive for your summer vacation and stroll the parks, mountains or byways, keep an eye out for the mass of color along the way. You never know what you will find!