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Denver, Co 80202

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Colorado Springs, CO 80903

What's New?

A photo of a bouquet of old man of the mountain flowers

2023 Photo Contest

Click here to see the 1st winners of the CoNPS Conference Photo Contest. 

Great Galls!

Learn about galls and how to ID them. A fruitful search while we wait for more flowers!

photo of High Creek Fen with a creek running through the middle

Clinton Reservoir Expansion

CoNPS comments on the Clinton Reservoir expansion project, which will inundate and destroy some ancient fens.

Prairie Up: A Book Review

An excellent guide for the urban and suburban gardeners who need a well-designed native garden.

a photo of the Alpine Turf Plant Community

New! Alpine Turf Plant Community

The Alpine Turf Plant Community is the ecological successor to the Alpine Fellfield community and is dominated by sedges and grasses.  Click to to learn more!

Regional Job Openings

 Botanical and horticultural job openings in our region.

Some New Photos on the Website

(click on the photo to see a full-sized image)

a photo of a Rocky Mountain maple branch in bloom

Acer glabrum var glabrum

Rocky Mountain Maple (Acer glabrum var glabrum) is common and widespread across the state along streams, in gulches and ravines, and in dry forests, from the plains to the lower subalpine on the eastern and western slopes.

a photo of a douglas fir branch an pinecone

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is a native tree which is common in the mountains, forming dominant forests with Abies concolor (fir) or Picea (spruce). 

a photo of a Texas croton plant in bloom

Croton texensis

Texas Croton (Croton texensis) is a native plant common in sandy soil (only) on the eastern plains, and could be present in Montezuma County.

a photo of silvery buffaloberry fruit in winter

Shepherdia argentea

Silvery Buffaloberry Shepherdia argentea) is common in moist places along rivers and in canyon bottoms, scattered on the western slope and known from Boulder, Larimer, and Weld Counties. on the eastern slope, in the plains and foohills. 

a photo of a lodgepole pine branch

Pinus contorta var. latifolia

Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) is a native tree which is dominant tree in montane forests, but is also found from the foothills to the lower alpine.

a close-up photo of Yampa Beardtongue

Penstemon yampaensis

Yampa Beardtongue (Penstemon yampaensis) is imperiled in Colorado and Globally (G2S2). It is only one inch tall and grows on dry slopes, limestone outcrops, gypsum hills, or barren shale ridges.

a photo of weak groundsel flowers

Packera debilis

Weak Groundsel (Packera debilis) is a plant listed as critically imperiled in Colorado (S1), but apparently secure (G4) globally, because it is also found in Wyoming (S2) where there are 16-20 occurrence, Montana, where it is considered vulnerable (S3) and Idaho where it is widespread in wet meadows. 

a photo of a rusty lupine plant with two flowersand fruit

Lupinus pusillus

Rusty Lupine (Lupinus pusillus) is native and common throughout the eastern plains, San Luis Valley, and also found in extreme southwestern Colorado.

a photo of a rocky mountain juniper twig with blue berries

Juniperus scopulorum

Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) is a common tree on dry slopes, often with sagebrush, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, oak, or aspen communities, from the plains to the montane.

a photo of mountains and wildflowers in the Gore Range

The Gore Range

The Gore Range spans approximately 60 miles from Routt and Grand Counties through Summit and Eagle Counties.  It forms the western boundary of Middle Park where we find the source of the Colorado River.  Photo by Loraine Yeatts.

a close-up photo of white fir needles

Abies concolor

White Fir (Abies concolor) is a native tree is found in the southcentral and southwestern counties of Colorado from the upper foothills to the subalpine. Photo by Susan Tamulonis.

a photo of a water birch twig in fruit

Betula occidentalis

Water Birch (Betula occidentalis) is another common tree along streams and in wet gulches, from the plains to the montane on the eastern and western slopes. 

a close-up photo of a hairy grama grass

Bouteloua hirsuta

Hairy Grama (Bouteloua hirsuta), in the Grass Family (Poaceae). is common on the plains, on rocky slopes, in dry grasslands, and in pinyon-juniper, from the plains to the foothills on the eastern slope.  PHoto by Michael Aubrey.

a close-up photo of two Bigelow's Tansy-asters

Dieteria bigelovii

Bigelow’s Tansy-aster (Dieteria bigelovii) is a native wildflower, common along roadsides, on open slopes, and in meadows and forest clearings, from the plains to the subalpine