Whew! Someone sure turned the heat on! We’ve been over 90 degrees for highs the past week with little-to-no moisture. I took the past week off to go to Crested Butte for the 2010 Wildflower Festival (fun, fun, fun). But I was back in the park this morning.

Here is the helpful map of the north part of the park. I use the areas I’ve labeled on the map to organize my posts.

NOTE: The photos of the plants are for help in identification. They may not have been taken at the specific place in the park that the plant is listed under.

Seen blooming ….

Fox Den Area

At the fox den area, a few things keep blooming but we do have one new one this week.

Golden aster (Heterotheca villosa) – this low, shrubby, yellow-flowered plant is just getting going. Last year it bloomed in many areas until frost. Look for the slightly grayish green leaves. (Native)

Western spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) – a few new blooms are showing up…perhaps a result of the rain we had about two weeks ago. (Native)

Evening primrose (Oenothera spp.) – a few of these continue to bloom. (Native)


Heterotheca villosa

Tradescantia occidentalis

Oenothera caespitosa

Oenothera caespitosa

North of Fox Den Patch on East Side

Chokecherry (Padus virginiana) – the berries on these are starting to turn red. The same patch has berries that are green and some that are very dark red. (Native)


Padus virginiana

Near the Turn-around Point

Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) – this seems to have passed its peak, but there are still several blooming in the area south of and up to the turn-around point. (Native)

Mrs. Palmer’s curse (Campanula rapunculoides) – this shows no sign of slowing down at the turn-around point. (Alien)

Asclepias speciosa

Campanula rapunculoides

Campanula rapunculoides

North of Playing Field (south of turn-around patch)

Bouncingbet or Bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis) – sigh…this noxious weed finally started its bloom this week. I really saw it take off last year and noticed more of it than ever in the park and around town. It closely resembles a garden phlox and was indeed introduced in garden centers years ago (before they knew how invasive it would be). But it is not a phlox at all. Look for the three distinct veins running parallel to each other in the leaves. (Alien – CO Noxious Weed List B)


Saponaria officinalis

Across the Path from the Triangle

Threadleaf yellowrays (Thelesperma filifolium) – This is getting a second wind in this part of the park, perhaps due to the rain a couple of weeks ago.

Stone-lined Ditch

Threadleaf yellowrays (Thelesperma filifolium) – Lots of this blooming in the ditch.

Horseweed (Conyza canadensis) – This weed is popping up in the ditch. The flowers are quite tiny but will resemble tiny little dandelions once they go to seed. (Thanks to easterncoloradowildflowers.com for the photo below.) (Alien)

Thelesperma filifolium

Conyza canadensis

Conyza canadensis