Rocky Mountain Wildflowers are Blooming early in Colorado’s Wildflower Capital, Crested Butte as the Wildflower Festival Time Approaches.
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In August, authors Bernie Nagy and Linda Nagy visited the Cascade Mountains in Northern Washington. They were amazed at the wildflowers still in bloom. They saw some familiar Rocky Mountain wildflowers plus many new flowers. The new discoveries only grow in the Cascade Mountains. Mountain Heather in white and pink was at subalpine elevations. Surprisingly, white Avalanche Lilies were still blooming in late August. Rosy subalpine Spirea shrubs were covered with rounded flowerheads of tiny 5-petalled pink blossoms. Another standout flower was the evergreen Partridge-foot. Although the spikes of yellow flowers were small, they were growing in large...
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One of the best places to see and to learn about wildflowers is at Crested Butte, known as the wildflower capital of Colorado. A great time to visit is during the Wildflower Festival that takes place this year from July 7-16 with additional events continuing through August. Since 1986, the town has hosted a wildflower festival. This year’s festival offers over 200 events from hikes and walks, art workshops, photography classes, jeep tours, botany & conservation/medicals, and more. Even if you don’t attend scheduled events that are well worth the price, you can travel the back roads on your own...