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A species of lousewort; grows to 8-24 inches (20-60 cm) tall, with mostly basal leaves with slender toothed lobes. The flowers have a distinctive beak that curves down and out like the trunk of an elephant. Common in wet meadows.
Lousewort, Bird's Beak
This shorter flower grows to about 4-8 inches (10-20 cm) tall, with narrow, toothed, lobed leaves. The pink flowers are in dense clusters, and the top petal has a noticeable "beak-like" bent tube shape. Common in meadows and moist slopes throughout the park, between 6,000 and 7,000 feet (1,800-2,100 m).
This lousewort stands out by having toothed, unidivided leaves, compared to the separated lobed leaves of other lousewort species. Flowers are pink to purple with a strongly curved upper lip and broad lower lip. Common in subalpine meadows between 3,000-6,000 feet (900 -1,800 m). Also known as Ram's Horn Lousewort.
Forming flat cushions, this alpine plant has small, pointed, dense basal leaves and pink, lilac, or pale purple flowers. More common on the east side of the park, it grows on moraines, talus slopes, and rocky ridges between 6,000 to 8,000 feet (1,800-2,400 m).
Easily identifiable by it's bright pink "magenta" color, this paintbrush is one of many species of paintbrush found in the park. Plant grows to about 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) tall, and leaves have 1-2 slender lobes. Abundant in subalpine meadows, particularly in the Sunrise area.
Very common (also known as "common red paintbrush"), mostly found above 5,000 feet (1,524 m). This paintbrush stands 8-16 inches (20-40 cm) tall with lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are a good way to distinguish this paintbrush from other paintbrush species, which have lobed leaves.
Similar to Menzie's penstemon, this plant forms low, ground-covering mats. However, Menzie's penstemon flowers are blue-violet, while cliff penstemon has deep pink to red flowers. The grey-green leaves are oval-shaped, toothed, and finely-hairy. Common on rocky, talus slopes between 5,000-8,000 ft (1,500-2,500 m), though occasionally found at lower elevations.
Also known as Lewis's monkeyflower, this plant forms clumps of stems 12-24 inches (30-60 cm) tall, with oval, toothed leaves. It is found along streams, springs, and wet meadows throughout the park.
Pink Mountain Heather
Forms low, branched mats with stems 4-16 inches (10-40 cm) tall and covered with alternating, needle-like evergreen leaves. Common in subalpine meadows between 5,000-8,000 feet (1,500-2,400 m).
A shrub, 12-40 inches (30-100 cm) tall, with elliptical, toothed leaves and dense clusters of rose pink flowers. Commonly found in the park at the margins of lakes and in wet meadows.
As indicated by its name, this plants spreads widely along the ground, and is common along roadsides, rocky ridges, and talus slopes. Leaves are narrow and less than an inch long (1-1.5 cm). Flowers are tinged blue when initially opening, then transition to pink-white as the blossom ages.
Very common in subalpine meadows, with spoon-shaped basal leaves and unbranched stems 12-24 inches (30-60 cm) in height. It is easy to confuse this flower with the alpine aster (Oresostemma apligenum), but the aster has fewer petals and appears more purplish in color, while the daisy has many layered petals ringing the flower head.
Last updated: January 28, 2021