• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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Pasqueflowers or “Prairie Cactus” - Pulsatilla Patens, in the Buttercup Family,
blooms in foothills to tundra as the snow melts, they are the first flower of spring.

NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski

The word "Florissant" is actually a French word meaning "flowering" or "blooming." Although the valley was actually named after Florissant, Missouri by an early settler, the name is fitting in that the summers often bring blankets of beautiful wildflowers into the mountain meadows and forests.

With a mixture of forests and meadows, shrubs and wildflowers, Florissant provides wonderful opportunities to experience and learn about Montane ecosystems.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument has an herbarium containing most of the species found in the park. If you are interested in learning more about the herbarium please click here.

Disclaimer: Many wildflowers have different common names, but only one scientific name; therefore, some of the wildflowers you see may have different names than what you know them to be. Additionally, these are only a handful of the ones you may see.


Did You Know?

fossil of wasp

Up to 1,500 different kinds of fossil insects and spiders have been found in the Florissant Fossil Beds making it one of the most diverse insect fossil sites in the world.