Our favorite trail in Kenna Cartwright Park is on the west end of Mount Dufferin. We start on Hillside Drive past the Correctional Facility and climb the hill. We combine several trails, but the main one is the Mesa Trail. On this May afternoon, the wildflowers were on display. We pull salsify out of the yard, but it is beautiful in bloom.
Buckwheat is an inconspicuous flower often found in our sagebrush and grasslands. Its beauty is best seen close up.
Indian pipe is rarely noticed, especially in bloom. Its muted colors and leafless stalks make it invisible unless we look carefully.
This beetle was feeding on a golden aster.
Poisonous, but beautiful in bloom, death camas can be found throughout our grasslands.
Small-flowered penstemmon is found mostly on the edge of forests and open glades at mid-elevations, but is widely adapted to many zones in our area.
Yarrow is out earlier this year:
An invasive plant that has no appeal after blooming, Dalmatian toadflax has beautiful individual flowers along its stalk.
Thompson’s paintbrush is common to the sagebrush and grasslands zones of our area.
More flowers are emerging and will do so for a few more months. In May, salsify is the star that greets us along the trails.