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Photo of a oneside penstemon flower with a pollen wasp

Penstemon virgatus var. Asa Grayi

Oneside Penstemon (Penstemon virgatus var. Asa Grayi) (with a pollen wasp) grows in meadows and grasslands, on rocky hillsides, and pinyon-juniper forests.

a photo of a spike of white hooded lady's tresses

Spiranthes romanzoffiana

Hooded Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana) an imperiled orchid (S2) in Colorado but secure globally which grows in moist meadows and forests, along streams and lake borders, and in bogs.

a photo of a twisted stalk plant with one white flower

Streptopus amplifolius

Twisted Stalk (Streptopus amplifolius) is a common species which grows along streams and in moist forests and meadows from the foothills to the alpine.

a close-up photo of purple mustard flowers

Chorispora tenella

Purple Mustard (Chorispora tenella) is an introducd, common weedy plant found on open slopes, along roadsides, in fields, vacant lots, and in other disturbed areas

a close-up photo of a whipple penstemon

Penstemon whippleanus

Whipple’s Penstemon (Penstemon whippleanus) is a common Penstemon found in mountain forests, meadows and on alpine tundra

a photo of two spikes of long bracted frog orchids

Coeloglossum viride

Long Bracted Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride) grows in aspen forests, along streams, and in meadows.

a close-up photo of brandegi's penstemon

Penstemon glaber var. brandegei

Brandegees Penstemon (Penstemon glaber var. brandegei) Found in mountain meadows and on open slopes, known from the southern Front Range.

a photo of a filaria plant with one purple blossom

Erodium cicutarium

Filaria (Erodium cicutarium) is an introduced common weed that grows in disturbed places on the plains and foothills.

a photograph of Nelson's Physaria

Physaria nelsonii

Nelson’s Physaria (Physaria nelsonii) is a newly discovered species found by Melissa Islam in 2014, but not correctly identified until 2021 by Jennifer Ackerfield.

a photo of three red Alpine Brittlegill mushrooms

Russula nana

Alpine Brittlegill (Russula nana) grows primarily in moss under willows, but can also be found in spruce and mixed conifer forests.  It has a slight vanilla aroma but is not edible.

a photo of a sidebells penstemon plant in bloom

Penstemon-secundiflorus

Sidebells Penstemon (Penstemon-secundiflorus) is a native and common species, growing in grasslands and meadows, and on rocky hillsides.

a photo of a wax currant shrub in bloom

Ribes cereum

Wax Currant (Ribes cereum) is a native shrub common shrub common in rocky places and dry hillsides from the plains to the alpine.

photo of a mass of Rocky Mountain penstemon along a highway

Penstemon strictus

Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) is a native and common species that grows on dry slopes and in meadows.

a photo of Bleaky's penstemon

Penstemon bleaklyi

Bleaky’s Penstemon (Penstemon bleaklyi) is another newly discovered species by Jennifer Ackerfield which she collected and uploaded the photo to iNaturalist.  A New Mexico botanist identified it some years later.

a photo of a common sand lily in bloom

Leucocrinum montanum

Common Sand Lily (Leucocrinum montanum) is a common species found on grassy slopes, in prairies and grasslands, and in open forests from the plains to the foothills.

a photo of a mass of hanging gardens coolwort flowers

Sullivantia hapemanii var. purpusii

Hanging Garden Coolwort (Sullivantia hapemanii var. purpusii) is a rare plant considered vulnerable in Colorado and Globally (G3S3) which grows in hanging gardens.