Bessey's Locoweed has distinctively bright pink flowers — glaringly bright when seen in the harsh sunlight of the dry, gravelly bluffs where it grows.
|Bessey's Locoweed in flower at Grasslands National Park. © SB|
I've photographed this attractive, low — and to me, uncommon — wildflower several times in Grasslands National Park, where it can easily be found on 70 Mile Butte and along the edge of the cliffs at the start of the Ecotour Drive. This member of the pea family can also look slightly gray or silvery, because of the hairs on its leaves — er, leaflets.
|Another view of Bessey's Locoweed. © SB|
|Bessey's Locoweed - fresh pink and dying purple flowers. © SB|
Prairie Wildflower: Bessey's Locoweed
Location: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
Photo Dates: June 25, 2013; June 23, 2012.