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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Bloomin’ Update

It’s a good sign that plants are taking hold if they begin to flower!  So for your viewing and phenological pleasure, below is a gallery of what’s in bloom.  Stop by to see them for yourselves (there are brochures at the gate to help you identify some of the plants you'll find).

Below, a Devil’s Gate twinpod (Physaria eburniflora) – one of 42 Wyoming endemic species. This species is just starting to bloom on the Berry Prairie.

Here, a blue flax (Linum lewisii) is shown; this is the tail end of the flowering period for this species.

The Wyoming big sage (Artemesia tridentata wyomingensis) is beginning to bloom.

And the prickly pear cacti (Opuntia polyacantha) are blooming in two colors - bright yellow and pink.

So far, there have been a mere two moralities since planting, both of which were fringed sage (Artemisia frigida).  No too shabby!

Written by Brenna Wanous, Berry Center

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