I’m used to seeing the two-lobed larkspur that grows all over the fields in the early summer, but this is the first time I have seen (or at least recognized) Subalpine Larkspur. It is sort of bush-like and much bigger than it’s low land cousin. Found these on Trail Ridge Road in a wet meadow.
Hiking the Cow Creek trail today, I was nearly overwhelmed by the huge variety of flowers. Many of them were in shades of purple. So here you go, Prince fans … Purple Fringe, Larkspur, Colorado Columbine, Rock Clematis, Britton Scullcap, Wild Iris, Locoweed and Asters. Enjoy!
We found a whole field of these giant subalpine larkspur — hundreds of them mixed in with tall chiming bells and cow parsnip up at Ypsilon Lake. Beautiful!
These deep blue flowers were scattered across Upper Beaver Meadows — but hurry, the sun was blazing and they are fading fast.