Queen’s Crown Still Blooming in September

Was delighted to find Queen’s Crown (Sedum rhodanthum), also called Roseroot, still in full bloom August 27, 2016 when hiking along a small stream to the ridge above Linkins Lake on Independence Pass. The leaves of this beautiful plant are sometimes used raw or cooked as a potherb – best when young. Pollinators were moving a bit slow in the cool fall temperatures and were easy to keep in the photo. Here’s a map showing the approximate location. Great hike!rose_crown_linkins_p1040489

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About Janis Lindsey Huggins

Janis' passion for plants and the natural world has been a driving force in her life as long as she can remember. She moved to the Aspen/Snowmass area in 1970, and has spent more than 40 years exploring the upper Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado's high country, studying the plants, wildlife and ecosystems. For her, this connection with the outdoors means feeling exhilarated about life and inspires her to share this enthusiasm with others. For many years she has guided naturalist tours for Aspen's Center for Environmental Studies, worked as a field botanist on the western slope for the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University, and taught others in sports such as alpine skiing and windsurfing. Janis continues to travel the state, hiking, observing nature and photographing wildflowers. She received a B.S. in Natural Sciences with an emphasis in Botany from the University Without Walls at Loretto Heights College (Denver) in 1981, where she was chosen "Student of the Year" for work on a Crystal River Valley field guide. Because she has a love of travel, her education was accomplished through study at several universities - the University of Denver, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Biological Station at Flathead Lake in Montana. Janis also holds a degree in Clinical Herbal Therapy from the Artemis Institue of Natural Therapies in Boulder. She hopes that readers of her field guides will be inspired to look at the landscape "through new eyes," to cherish the fascinating species with which we share our surroundings, and to seek new ways to secure the future of those species as they are a part of the matrix that enriches life.
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