Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wildflower Display: Grasslands National Park

Val Marie, Saskatchewan: Scarlet Mallow, Low Everlasting, Yellow Umbrellaplant, Gaillardia, Goat's Beard, Lilac-Flowered Beardtongue...

Because they're beautiful and if I don’t record these prairie wildflowers from Grasslands, I'll forget their names...

Scarlet Mallow — a teeny red bloom:

Scarlet Mallow
Scarlet Mallow, © SB 

Low Everlasting, aka Pussy Toes!

low everlasting  pussytoes
Low everlasting © SB 

Yellow Umbrellaplant, which my park guide is holding still against the wind. (Mormon Metalmark butterflies rely on a related plant, the Branched Umbrellaplant, for food and egg-laying.) 

Branched umbrellaplant
Yellow umbrellaplant © SB

Gaillardia, a striking orange and yellow flower: 

Gaillardia © SB

Goat's Beard, an introduced species that thrives here: 

goat's beard
Goat's beard  © SB

Lilac-Flowered Beardtongue:  

Lilac-flowered beardtongue
Lilac Flowered Beardtongue  © SB

The above identifications are based on my notes / photos from our guided walk. Any errors may be attributed to the wild wind that stole speech, and to my poor handwriting.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Grasslands National Park: June Wildflowers

Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada. Late June: Waves of prairie wildflowers ripple across Grasslands National Park. Some rustle under the grasses; other swirl boldly in the unrelenting wind.

June wildflowers in Grasslands National Park. © SB 

Lilac-flowered beardtongue.
Three-flowers avens
Prairie Smoke.© SB
Colorado rubberweed.
Wild blue flax.

Tufted fleabane
Early yellow locoweed.
Three-flowered avens —
Prairie smoke.

Moss phlox.
Scarlet mallow.
Pygmy flower.

Silverleaf psoralea.

Sagebrush and gaillardia. Grasslands.© SB

Clustered oreocarya.
Prairie rose.
Colorado rubberweed
Low everlasting — pussytoes.

Goat's beard.
Winter fat.
Pasture sage.

for sage grouse.
Branched umbrellaplant
for butterflies,
Mormon Metalmarks.

Narrow-leaved milk vetch.
Ascending purple milk vetch.
A dozen vetches,

Wildflowers in a wild land. © SB

All of these flowers were in bloom when we visited on the weekend. Except the sages. Although maybe they were, too, and I couldn't tell. (In any case, I liked their names...) The guide told us there are more than 300 kinds of prairie wildflowers in Grasslands National Park. (Of those listed, goat's beard is not native; as I understand it, the rest are.) 


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Welcome to Prairie Wildflowers

Three-flowered Avens /
Prairie Smoke © SB 
Prairie Coneflower © SB

Welcome to Prairie Wildflowers, a blog that showcases photographs of prairie wildflowers from the Grasslands, as well as urban and other areas of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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