Welcome to the Wildflower page!
Here we highlight wildflowers that are native to Uinta County, Wyoming and the adjacent Uinta Mountains. It is our goal to provide pictures and information about the native species to enhance your outdoor experiences in the vast open areas of Southwest Wyoming.
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Today's Spotlight Plant
Scarlet gilia is a widespread and common wildflower in the Western U.S. This plant is characterized by its trumpet-like flowers, bright green foliage and finely dissected leaves which are identifiable even before flowering. Scarlet gilia grows in sagebrush and pine communities in well drained soils along hillsides, roadsides and trails at low to high elevations. This plant is a very drought tolerant but prefers full sun as it is not shade tolerant.
Scarlet gilia can be found blooming late spring into the fall. Flowers can range from pale pink to salmon to scarlet (very rarely yellow). The base of the flower petals are fused together and form an elongated tube most commonly, but not exclusively, pollinated by hummingbirds and long-tongued moths. It is said that hummingbirds prefer the brighter colored flowers that usually appear early in the flowering season, and the moths are attracted to the lighter colored flowers which often appear later in the season, either on the same or different plants.
This plant was first collected for a scientific specimen by Lewis and Clark in Idaho. It has been moved through several genre since it was first classified by Frederick Pursh in 1814, landing at one point in the genus Gilia. The common name Scarlet gilia has stuck with the plant even after its move to the genus Ipomopsis. The word ‘aggregat’ in Latin means assembled or brought together in flocks, most likely in reference to the cluster of flowers atop the plant. The common name Skunk flower refers to the pungent skunk-like smell the leaves give off when picked or crushed. Individual flowers do not have the skunk-like odor but do have a droplet of nectar at the base of the tube which is often sucked out after the flower is picked, hence the common name Honeysuckle.
Scientific name: Ipomopsis aggregata (Pursh) V. Grant
Common names: Scarlet gilia, Scarlet trumpet, Skyrocket, Honeysuckle, Skunk flower
Below are the wildflowers we have spotlighted thus far
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Are you looking for native plants to grow in your gardens?
Plants With Altitude, Regionally Native Plants for Wyoming Gardens is a 2014 publication by the University of Wyoming Extension, Barnyards & Backyards, Laramie Garden Club and Biodiversity Institute. This 66 page, spirally bound book is a great resource about native plants, where to get them and how to best grow them in your garden.
We also have free copies at our office if you prefer print.
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Other resources in conjunction with this plant guide can be found at wyomingnativegardens.org
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
Search by common name to find pictures and information on plant location and status.
Check out this recorded Zoom meeting about native Wyoming Wildflowers hosted by the Universtity of Wyoming Extnetion and Barnyards & Backyards.
"This guidebook is meant to help the more-than-casual observer of nature identify the most important and common plant species on Wyoming’s rangelands. We have included many of the grasses, grass-likes, forbs, and woody plants vital to both wildlife and domestic livestock. Unfortunately, some areas of Wyoming’s rangeland are dominated by the non-native, invasive cheatgrass, and we have included it and a few other undesirable plant species." - UWyo Extension
The USDA Poisonous Plant Research Lab in Logan Utah, staffs a wide variety of scientists who study plants that are poisonous to livestock throughout the world. This publication was printed for livestock owners and others interested in plants that are poisonous to livestock in the Western U.S.
Agricultural Information Bulletin Number 415. 107 pages. Revised in 2011. Published by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
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