Thursday, July 03, 2008

American Birding Association: wildflowers

Would you be so kind as to identify these wildflowers? I found the Wasatch Bloomers page but would appreciate some confirmations.

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Blogger Rick Wright said...

Dear Amy,
great to see you in Utah!
Plants are not by strong suit, not by a long shot, but your #4 is Erythronium grandiflorum, I'm fairly certain. It's a dogtooth violet, in the same genus as the familiar spring flower of eastern woodlands.
I t h i n k that your #1 is a Convolvulus, #2 a yellow Fabaceae (duh), and #6 a Lobelia. I'll be eager to see what those who actually know their flowers have to say!

July 04, 2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

I haven't a clue about the flowers, but they certainly are lovely.

July 04, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Rick: Wonderful to gab with you during ABA! Thanks for your input on the flowers.

NCMW: Isn't nature an incredible artist?

July 05, 2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Casey Tucker said...


Great photos.

#2 is affectionately named Butter & Eggs (Linaria vulgaris). I've seen it in Alaska where it's considered a non-native flower, but I don't know about its status in Utah.

#3 looks like some kind of Polemonium species (Jacob's Ladder).

#6 I agree with Rick that this looks like a Lobelia.

You might be able to narrow down the species by looking at a list of plants from Utah via the USDA Plant Database:

Hope this helps

July 07, 2008 8:26 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thank you, Casey.

July 07, 2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Casey Tucker said...

P.S. On second thought the 6th photo may be a Penstemon of some sort. I can't tell for sure.

July 07, 2008 7:02 PM  
Blogger Bisbee Border Birder Bloggers said...

Hi, Amy,

Nice pix! And thanks for the opportunity for armchair botanizing (no substitute for attending the convention, but...).

Rick got one of the aliens, the noxious Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) plus the native Yellow Avalanche-Lily, and Casey got the Butter and Eggs or Common Toadflax, another alien, and its scroph cousin, #6, a penstemon (maybe Wasatch beardtongue, P. cyananthus - I don't pay much attention to the blue ones ;>). #3 is Lewis's, Prairie, or Blue Flax, Linum lewisii, named for Meriwether Lewis. #5 is a cranesbill (Geranium sp.), but I'm not sure which (it's downy like richardsonii, which we also have here in SE AZ).

Lovely...and hopefully a preview of what's to come here at home since the summer rains have begun.


July 10, 2008 10:15 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

1. Looks like Bindweed to me (though I nearly said morning glory but the leaves are different)
2. Toadflax
3. Blue Flax
4. Glacier-Lily (rare these days)
5. Wild Geranium
6. Penstemon of some sort

It helps to include leaves in the photo, for identification…but another cool thing to do is guess and then go to Google and click ‘Images’ (upper left corner of Google's main page) when you want confirmation. You'll get about a million pics! Works for me.

Wonderful blog, BTW... Thanks!

July 11, 2008 11:04 AM  
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July 11, 2008 11:05 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks, y'all!

July 16, 2008 4:19 PM  

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