Mount Rainer's renowned wildflowers bloom for a limited amount of time every year. The "peak" bloom for wildflowers is heavily dependent on weather and precipitation patterns, so accurate predictions are difficult. In most years, many flowers will be blooming by mid-July, and by the first of August the meadows should be very impressive. Frost can occur by late August, but even after light frosts the meadows continue to be very beautiful, thanks to changing leaf colors and seed pod development that take the place of colorful blossoms.
For a better idea of what the wildflowers are doing this year, please see the Currently Blooming section below, which summarizes what's blooming where.
Currently Blooming - August 17, 2017
Most subalpine meadows are past peak bloom, however that does not mean there are no wildflowers! Many later-season wildflowers like pearly everlasting, rosy spirea, and arrowleaf groundsel are still blooming well. While there are many yellow wildflowers in the park, arrowleaf groundsel (Senecio triangularis) is one of the easiest to identify for its toothed arrow-shaped leaves. It’s also tall for a wildflower, reaching up to 5 feet, and often found growing in large patches along water sources.
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The photos featured here are usually taken by park staff and volunteers from all over the park. Share your own wildflower photos in the Mount Rainier Flickr group! Higher resolution versions of wildflower photos are available on Mount Rainier's Flickr page.
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Last updated: August 17, 2017