Bug of the Month

Vine Sphinx Moth

Vine Sphinx Moth

(Eumorpha vitis)

This family of pollinators is found over a wide area of North America. Some have astonishingly long proboscis, one recorded at over 7 inches!


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Alpine Flower Finder

Alpine Wildflowers

Coastal Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes

Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes, Volume 3: San Juan Mountains

Colorado Flora; Eastern Slope

Colorado Flora; Western Slope

Forest Wildflowers

Guides to Colorado Wildflowers; Vol 1&Vol 2

Northwest Penstemons

Pacific States Wildflowers

Plant Identification Terminology

Pocket Guide (western north america)

Roadside Wildflowers Pocket Naturalist

Rocky Mountain Flora

Rocky Mountain Flower Finder

Southern Rocky Mountain Wildflowers

Washington's Best Wildflower Hikes


Wayside Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Western Region Field Guide to Wildflowers

Wild at Heart, a Natural History Guide

Wildflowers of Mount Rainier

Wildflowers of the Olympics and Cascades

Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Wildflower Trails of the Pacific Northwest

Wild Harvest


Mt. Goliath taproot. See the story in our

Facinating Facts.





The fascinating world of plants.

The juice of one makes invisible ink. Another spring-releases it seeds at a force greater than the equivalent lift-off of a rocket launching into space. Some have toxic sap that beggars in old England applied to their skin to make pathetic looking sores. Many plants were/are used by Native Americans in a myriad of interesting ways … including witchcraft and love-medicines! Some plants are toxic in one form yet beneficial in another. We never know when we find a new species what intriguing information there is to learn about it - and share on this website.

Look for these symbols on our latin name index toxic uses edible for these kinds of information about the plants we have identified in our wanders.

Know your flower by sight only? Start your search by browsing our photo indexes. You will find a flower close-up of each plant represented on the site, organized by color.


Welcome to this sharing of wildflower identification, a hobby offering deep enrichment of our lives. The arrangement of blooms by color has been of great assistance to us, as amateur hobbyists, in the identification of wildflowers. This is the organizational basis of the galleries. Please feel free to eMail your feedback, suggestions, corrections, or questions. It is our pleasure to share our photographs in the hope that wildflower identification may spark your interest and enhance your joy in nature, as it so richly has done for us.

Mark Lee Dixon & Darice Susan Dixon.


~Thank You~

Meet Mike Foley

Mike Foley

When you next visit the Goliath Natural Area on Mt. Evans, be sure to visit staffer Mike Foley, ranger for the USDA Forest Service, stationed at the visitor center to help people know more about the facility. His enthusiasm and knowledge are wonderful assests to be enjoyed when touring the gardens. He is terrific about giving his time to the center's many curious visitors. Mike's excellent project of labeling the plants in bloom at the garden, as well as completing a diagram of the site, is underway and invaluable. So glad you are there Mike!


Dr. Matt Lavin

Matt Lavin

A grateful thank you to Dr. Lavin for his help identifying the following on this website (2011):

Browse Milkvetch (Astragalus cibarius)

Lesser Rushy Milkvetch (Astragalus convallarius)

Pale Madwort (Alyssum alyssoides)

Desert Madwort (Alyssum desertorum)

Dr. Matt is a professor at Montana State University and has an incredible collection of plant images and technical information published here. His photostream of close to 6,000 plant images and plant diversity information is most impressive, as is his generous willingness to share his knowledge.


Ann Henson

She identified one of our Red-Orange plants, Spotted Coralroot Corallorhiza maculata, fruit. Ann is the Secretary of the Colorado Native Plant Society and Workshop Committe Chairwoman.

Loraine Yeatts

Loraine identified our specimen, Showy Locoweed Oxytropis splendens. See her excellent slideshow contributions on the Colorado Native Plant Society website. She is a field botanist and taxonomist with the Denver Botanic Gardens, Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium.

Dr. Mary L. Dubler

Mary Dubler

Mary has solved these mysteries:

She is a fellow wildflower enthusiast who has recently published her collection of wildflower photographs online. Her fun website, Wildflowers of Colorado, includes photographs of flowers she has been snapping since 1995. Mary is a veterinarian specializing in equine internal medicine. She has shared some interesting information with us on the effects of gumweed ingestion by horses. See her contribution here.

Betty Schneider

A warm thanks to Betty for her assistance with the identification of Shadscale Saltbush Atriplex confertifolia. Betty is married to Al Schneider. She took the time to answer our questions while Al was away. Al's excellent website, Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, has been of great use and interest to us in our pursuit of learning about our marvelous world of plants. Take a visit and enjoy Al's photography, glossary and workshop links. You will learn alot!


Colorado State University Extension

Link Highlight: The Colo Extension website is an excellent source of information about plant life, and much more, in Colorado. Click the logo and LEARN.



The western region of the United States encompasses a huge area. Many of the plants represented in this website have been sighted in Oregon and Washington. In some cases there may be blooms shown here from Canada. These areas have been explored by us exclusively to date simply based on proximity. In 2008 we will be presenting specimens from Colorado, Wyoming and adjacent states since we now live in this area. However, our interest extends much farther! The regions map here represents the area we are interested in learning and sharing about today, and in the future.

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Copyright © 1998 by J. Stein Carter


Last updated: January 14, 2015

Copyright 2007- 2015. All rights reserved. Mark L. & Darice S. Dixon

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*logo can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from an accredited professional before using any plant medicinally or for food. If self-testing use very small quantities and be alert for any adverse effects.


Photo Indexes

blue-purple index box

Updated: Aug 6, 2014

pink index box

Updated: Aug 8, 2014

red index box

Updated: Jan 1, 2015

white index box

Updated: Aug 27, 2014

yellow index box

Updated: Aug 8, 2014

yellowstone index box

Updated: July 8, 2011

mushrooms index box

Updated: March 28, 2013


It's Video Time

A new page on the site dedicated to the fun plant 'neighbors' we've seen along the way.


Latin Name Index


Updated: Jan 3, 2015



Flower Feature

Clary Sage

From Cheyenne


by Kris Rude

Salvia sclarea

Clary Sage



Book Highlight

Colo Flora Eastern Slopoe

by William Weber & Ronald C. Wittmann

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Stu Nicholls

Our warm thanks to the incomparable

Stu Nicholls

for his advice and refinements to the code for this site.





Colorado State University; Flora

Colorado University Museum

Colorado Native Plant Society

Eastern Colorado Wildflowers

Forestry Images

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Native American Ethnobotany

Plants for a Future

Reny's Wildflowers

Southwest Colorado Wildflowers

Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers

USDA Plant Database

Washington Native Plant Society


Wildflowers of Colorado


Wildflower Zones

3500 - 6000' Plains

6000 - 8000' Foothills

8,000 - 10,000' Montane

10,000 - 11,500' Subalpine

11,000' - up Alpine (varies)


Common Taxonomic Rank

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Taxonomy is the practice and science of classification.