2016 Wild Flower Wednesday Hikes

Helpful websites with more information about local flowers:
Jefferson County Plant Database-http://jeffco.us/coopext/wordsearch.jsp ;
Wildflowers, Ferns, & Trees of CO, NM, AZ, & UT-http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com ;
Eastern CO Wildflowers-http://www.easterncoloradowildflowers.com ;
Colorado Dept. of Agriculture-http://wildflowersofcolorado.com;
USDA Plant Database-http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch
Helpful smartphone apps:

Wildflowers of the Western Plains-Earthrover Software
Colorado Rocky Mountain Wildflowers-High Country Apps
Colorado Weed ID-Colorado Dept of Agriculture

8/24/2016-Archery Range-Last Hike of the Season

Family

Common name

Scientific name

Interesting facts

Anacardiaceae

Three leaf Sumac/Skunk Bush

Rhus aromatica

Native

Asteraceace (Sunflower)

Cowpen Daisy

Verbesina encelioides

Annual

Fetid Marigold

Dyssodia papposa

Annual

Common Burdock

Arctium minus

Alien-CO Noxious Weed List C

Giant Ragweed

Ambrosia trifida

Alien

Gayfeather

Liatris punctate

Native-Perennial

Hairy Golden Aster

Heterotheca villosa

Native

Horseweed

Conyza canadensis

Alien

Musk Thistle

Circium vylgare

Alien-CO Noxious Weed List C

Prairie Sage/Sagewort

Artemisia ludoviciana

Native

Prairie Sunflower

Helianthus petiolaris

Annual-Native

Prarie Coneflower

Ratibida columnifera

Native-Perennial

Prickly Lettuce

Lactuca serriola

Alien

Ragleaf Bahia

Bahia dissecta

Native-Perennial

Sunflower

Helianthus annuus

Native-Annual

Caprifolianceae (Honeysuckle)

W Snowberry

Symphoricarpos occidentalis

Native

Caryophyllaceae

Bouncing Bet

Saponaria officinalis

Alien-CO Noxious Weed List A

Chenopodiaceae

Russian Thistle

Salsola collina

Alien-CO Noxious Weed List C

Geraniaceae

Wild Geranium

Geranium caespitosum

Native

Grossulariaceae

Gooseberry

Ribes sps

Native-Spines

Lamiaceae

Catnip

Nepeta cataria

Alien

Beebalm/Horsemint

Monarda fistulosa

Native-Perennial

Nyctaginaaceae

Hairy Four o’clock/Umbrellawort

Oxybaphus hirsutus or Mirabilis hirsuta

Onagraceae

Velvey Gaura

Gaura mollis

Native-Abundunt on even number years

Yellow Eveining Primrose

Oenothera villosa

Native-Biennial

Prarie Evening Primrose

Oenothera albicaulis

Native-Annual

Poaceae-Grasses

Blue Grama

Chondrosum gracile

Native-Perennial

Big Bluestem

Andropgon geradii

Native-Perennial

Canada Wild Rye

Elymus canadensis

Native-Perennial

Foxtail Barley

Critesion jubatum

Native-Perennial

Little Bluestem

Scyhizachyrium

Native-Perennial

Needle and Thread Grass

Stipa (Hesperostipa) comata

Native-Perennial

Side oats grama

Bouteloua curtipendula

Native-Perennial

Western Wheatgrass

Pascopyrum smithii

Native-Perennial

Polemoniaceae

Fairy Trumpet/Scarlet Gilia

Ipomopsis aggregata

Poisonous

Ranunculaceae

Subalpine Larkspur

Delphinium barbeyi

Naïve

Vitaceae

Wild Grape

Vitis riparia

Native

Virgiania creeper

Parthenocissus vitacea

Native

IMG_4957IMG_4970Two of our star flowers this week. L. Common Sunflower and R. Larkspur

 
August 10, 2016-Boulder Run

Family Common name Scientific name Interesting facts
Alliaceae (Onion) (per Weber) AKA Lilliaceae Nodding Onion Allium cernuum Native
Amaranthaceae Redroot pigweed Amaranthus retroflexus Alien
Asteraceace (Sunflower) Sticky or Tansy Aster Aster bigelovii Native
  Prickly Lettuce Lectuca seriola Alien
  Rabbit Brush Chrysothamnus sps. Native
  Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Native
  Western Ragweed Ambrosia psilostachya Native
  Fringed Mountain Sage Artemisia frigida Native
  Prairie Sage/Sagewort Artemisia ludoviciana Native
  Fleabane Erigeron sps Native
  Horseweed Conyza Canadensis Native
  Gumweed Gridelia annuus Native
  Common Sunflower Helianthus annuus Native
  Small Sunflower Heliomeris multiflora Native
  Hairy Golden Aster Heterotheca villosa Native
  Gayfeather Liatris punctate Native
  Butterweed/ Senecio crassulus Native
Ragwort
Cactaceae Plains Prickly Pear Opuntia polyacantha Native
  Bigroot Prrikly Pear Opuntia macrorhiza Native
Caprifolianceae (Honeysuckle) W Snowberry Symphoricarpos occidentalis Native
Fagaceae (Oak/Beech) Gambel Oak Quercus gambelli Native
Melanthiaceae (False Hellebore) Poison Ivy Toxicodendron rydbergil Native
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) Sulfur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum Native
      Alien
  Winged Buckwheat Pterogonum alatum Native
 Roseaceae (Rose) Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus montanus Native-Seeds forming

Wild Flower Wednesday Flower Hike – Zook Loop – July 27th, 2016

Family

Common Name

Botanical Name

Interesting Facts

Alliaceae (Onion) (per Weber)

Wild Onion

Allium cernuum

Native

Asclepiadaceae

Dwarf Milkweed

Aclepias pumila

Anacardiacea

Poison Ivy

Toxicodeneron rydbergli

 

Three Leaf Sumac

Rhus aromatica ssp. Trilabat

Asteraceace (Sunflower)

Prairie Coneflower

Ratibida columnifera

Foliage has a strong odor that repels deer.   Native

 

Bull Thistle

Cirsium vulgare

Noxious Weed

 

Canada Thistle

Cirsium arvense

Noxious Weed

 

Musk or Nodding Thistle

Carduus nutans

Noxious Weed

 

Yarrow

Achilfea lanulosa

 

Common Sunflower

Helianthus annus

 

Three Nerved Goldenrod

Solidago velutina

 

Three Nerved Fleabane

Erigeron subtrinervis

 

Tasselflower

Brickella grandiflora

 

Rayless Gumweed

Grindelia inornata

 

Hairy Golden Aster

Heterotheca villosa

 

Horseweed

Conyza Canadensis

Alien

 

Prickly Lettuce

Lectuca serriola

 

Common Burdock

Arctium minus

CO Noxious Weed List C

 

Rayless Gumweed

Cercocarpus montanus

 

Wild Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

Great landscape plant. Native

Boraginaceae (Borage)

Marbleseed

Onosmodium molle

Native

Campanulaceae

Harebell

Campanula rotundifolia

Caprifolianceae (Honeysuckle Fam)

W Snowberry

Symphoricarpos occidentalis

Fabaceae (Pea)

Purple Prairie Cone Flower

Dalea purpurea 

Native

 

Purple Pea Vine

Vicia americana

Tendrils at the end of the leaflets

 

Wild Alfalfa

Psoralidium tenuiflorum

Lamiaceae (Mint)

Catnip

Nepeta cataria

Alien weed which does in fact attract house cats

 

Beebalm or Horsemint

Monarda fistulosa menthifolia

Polygonaceae

Curly Dock

Rumex crispus

 

 

Plantaginaceae

Kittentails

Besseya ritteriana

Polemonianceae

Scarlet Gilia/Fairy Trumpet

Ipomopsis aggregata

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)

Thimbleweed

Anemone canadensis

Rosaceae (Rose)

Mountain Mahogany

Cercocarpus montanus

 

Physocarpus monogynus

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)

Firecracker Penstemon or Scarlet Bugler

Penstemon barbatus

 

Indian Paintbrush Foothilss

Castilleja integra

Native

 

Mullein

Verbascum thapsus

CO Noxious Weed

Smilacaceae

Carrionflower

Smilax lasioneuron
Conservation status: Vulnerable
                              Photos by Jack Busher