The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve located in the Sangre de Cristo Range in south-central Colorado has the tallest dunes in North America. From miles away from the highway one can see the peaks that are ever-shifting with the wind. Also, in July and August the sunflowers and Rocky Mountain beeplants color the roadsides with yellow and magenta near the entrance to the park. Looking closer to
the ground can reveal some more plants native to the area, four o’clock, skeleton plant, and flax-flowered gilia. A lucky find might also be small flower sand verbena.
This plant trails along the ground and it is easy to confuse the veined and ribbed reddish winged fruit with the actual blooms that are tiny white flowers with 5 petals that grow in small clusters. The wildflowers shown here can be found in the Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide book available at www.highcountryartworks.com. This handy pocket-sized guide describes and pictures over 285 wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains throughout Colorado.
Order by October 28, 2019 and receive a signed copy of the book as well as a bookmark. To enjoy wildflowers throughout the coming year, order the popular 2020 Wildflowers of Colorado scenic calendar that also identifies the wildflowers and gives the locations. All items are shipped free from the website and colorful bookmark included with order.