Pink or Purple Flowers
BEE BALM (Monarda menthaefolia)
Also called Horsemint. Common in wet canyon bottoms or at higher elevation. Blooms mid to late summer.
WAVYLEAF THISTLE (Cirsium undulatum)
VARIEGATED PENSTEMON (Penstemon virgatus)
Light pink to white flowers with deeper pink streaks. Common in the pinon-juniper woodland. Blooms mid to late summer.
CHICORY (Cichorium intybus)
Most commonly found along roadways. Blooms throughout the summer.
SHOWY FOUR-O'CLOCK (Mirabilis multiflora)
Blooms mid summer. Beautiful and distinctive flowers that can be seen along the entrance road and the Main Loop Trail. Common in the pinon-juniper woodland.
WILD ROSE (Rosa woodsii)
Blooms in early summer, with flowers followed by a reddish fruit. Common in canyon areas and less common on mesas.
WALKING STICK CHOLLA (Opuntia imbricata)
Also called Cane Cholla. Blooms in late May, early June. Hot pink flowers are replaced by yellow,green fruit. Very useful plant for the Ancestral Pueblo people.
VALERIAN (Valeriana capitata)
Blooms in early spring in the moist canyons. Also called Tobacco Root.
DESERT FOUR-O'CLOCK (Oxybaphus linearis)
Blooms late summer. Same vivid color as Showy Four-O'clock but much smaller flowers. Common in the pinon-juniper woodlands and Ponderosa forests.
BEARDTONGUE (Penstemon secundiflorus)
Blooms in late spring. Common in canyons and the pinon-juniper woodlands.
WILD IRIS (Iris missouriensis)
Also called Blue Flag. Mid-late spring bloomer. Found in most areas of the mixed conifer and spruce forests or in subalpine forests. Good trails to find them include Alamo Boundary, Cerro Grande, and Ski trails.
MARIPOSA LILY (Calochortus gunnisonii)
Blooms in mid to late summer. Found in higher elevation meadows within the park like along Cerro Grande or Alamo Boundary trails.
HAREBELL (Campanula rotundifolia)
Blooms mid to late summer. Found in the moist canyons like Frijoles Canyon and in subalpine meadows.
PINCUSHION CACTUS (Coryphantha vivipara)
Blooms in late summer. Low growing cactus covered with long thin spines. Found in the pinon-juniper woodland.
SHOWY MILKWEED (Asclepias speiosa)
Blooms in mid to late summer. Common in disturbed soil like along the Rio Grande.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEE-PLANT (Cleome serrulata)
Blooms in mid to late summer. Found in disturbed soils like along roadways, trails.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLEMATIS (Clematis pseudoalpina)
Blooms in late spring to early summer. Common in moist canyons and the slopes of the Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests such as Upper Frijoles Canyon.
VIOLET WOODSORREL (Oxalis violacea)
Bloom in mid to late summer. Found in the moist canyons in the park such as Frijoles Canyon.
JACOB'S LADDER (Polemonium foliosissimum)
Blooms in mid to late summer. Found in meadows in the higher elevations of the park like along Cerro Grande trail.
Last updated: February 24, 2015