The many shades of sunflower....

August 29, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Holly

Did you know that sunflowers could be purple? If you drive through Bonito meadow these days, the road is lined with beautiful small purple flowers. 
Cosmos parviflorus...

Cosmos and Helianthus Cosmos and Helianthus

In the sunflower family, these beautiful flowers didn't used to be very common along the road. That changed several years ago when the Schultz fire burned through parts of the meadow. 

Cosmos parviflorus

You can still see the fires scars today, in the areas where Cosmos are the thickest. 

Cosmos parviflorus

Cosmos parviflorus

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