Monument to Weirdness

The Green Gentian, also called Elkweed and Monument Plant, are very strange looking from a ways away but interesting close up when you can see the individual flowers. Found these two small (2 foot) plants on Longs Peak trail. It doesn’t look like this will be another great year for the Green Gentian — last year we saw hundreds, many 5 and 6 feet tall but apparently that was an unusual combination of weather and fire and such.

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