During a walk along Brush Creek in Snowmass a few days ago, it was great to see corn lilies (Veratrum californicum) punching up through the winter debris of packed leaves. I love every season in the mountains, but spring is special as plants surging upward brighten the landscape! Corn lilies spread through their roots and do not depend on seeds to reproduce, often forming masses in moist open meadows. Although formerly in the Lily (Liliaceae) Family, they are now considered to be in the False Hellebore (Melanthiaceae) Family due to genetic studies. You can check out more info on this fascinating plant at Al Schneider’s terrific website, Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, or in Wild at Heart on page 133.
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!
Hello and welcome! Thanks to Snowmass Village for their vision and desire to produce a field guide to the flora and fauna of this area. In gratitude, I’ve dedicated the first 29 pages to the history, trails and geology of Snowmass, but the rest of Wild at Heart’s 467 pages identifies and explains the interesting natural history of wildflowers and wildlife wherever you may travel in Colorado’s high country! It’s been my joy to have explored Colorado for over 40 years. You’ll find Wild at Heart is a wonderful companion to take with you whether you are hiking, biking, jeeping or just visiting in Colorado’s mountain towns. From Aspen and Snowmass Village to Vail, Leadville, Crested Butte, Ouray, Telluride, Durango and back you’ll have fun discovering more about the wild species we share the land with. Happy trails, Janis