We’ve had a bit of an early melt this year and the usual suspects are starting to pop a bit early. I saw Aquilegia coerulea (Our state flower!) blooming in La Plata Canyon today as well as some early Castilleja. If I remember correctly during dry years the flowers seem to put on a wild show, trying their best to put out seeds. How dry will it stay? Only time will tell.

The 2012 Season!

Sure, us bloggers tend to take breaks. 2011 was an amazing year for fishing! We kept an eye on the plants of course, but didn’t get down here for the discussions as much. We have a NEW facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/durangoplants and we intend to have a spectacular year!

More Natives

I’ve been travelling and missed some blooms but as you’ll see in this gallery, I caught some neats shots of the ends of some blooms.  Summer’s on, it is hot and it is dry.  A little rain a few days ago got the cacti flowering, it’s a nice display.  Yucca baccata is just finishing up, gorgeous.  Pictures go HERE and that’s about the extent of it recently.  Oh yeah, I also made a slideshow that you can catch on youtube… embedded below:


The big white flowered shrub show is just about over, so get’em while they’re hot.   Along the Animas river Yucca baccata has some impressive spikes of flowers.  Oenothera continues.  Short Lupines are giving way to big, bushy and fragrant Lupinus prunophilus.  Iris is blooming in wet spots, and the usual brand little violets are hidden gems under the trees.

Lupinus prunophilus

Big bushy Lupine

Nice hike around Durango Hills on Missionary Ridge east of town, the Lupines were amazing, and very fragrant.


I’m going to sneak up to the high country today if possible to check on what is beginning to bloom there.  Down here around town, I can’t help but notice the abundance of Chokecherry flowers (Prunus virginiana.)  A very common shrub/tree in the shadier spots and along roadsides, the chokecherry puts on a fantastic spring show of funky flowers.  The flowers give way to berries in the summer, most of which get consumed by hungry birds, who spread the plants around the area.   Those not consumed by critters and birdies are often made into jam.

Prunus virginiana - Chokecherry Flowers

Chokecherry Blossoms

They’re bloomin now, get up early 🙂