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The road into the beaver Meadows Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is packed with wildflowers this summer! They are just gorgeous.

I loved this photograph of the Leafy Purge wildflowers with Longs Peak as the backdrop. It doesn’t get much better! Wow!

Leafy Purge is a perennial that grows in dense patches to about 4 feet tall. Its stems are erect and slender and its yellow flowers have 2 leaf-like bracts. I had never seen Leafy Purge before. Have you?

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It sure made for a beautiful photograph in the mountains.

PS Beware! It can be poisonous to livestock, elk and deer.

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4 Responses to “The Leafy Purge Wildflowers Were Gorgeous In The Meadows With Longs Peak As A Spectacular Backdrop!”

  1. Manny says:

    So sunny and cheerful! But what an awful name for such pretty Demoiselles.

  2. Bruce MacBryde says:

    Leafy spurge is a notorious invasive from Eurasia. It’s often called Euphorbia esula (in the broad sense), or Euphorbia virgata (in the narrow sense, or even Tithymalus uralensis). This noxious weed is in the rubber-tree family (Euphorbiaceae), and has a very caustic milky sap, which can be poisonous to livestock, elk and deer. Purge is right! But it’s tenacious — roots can reach 26 ft in depth, the rootstalks spread 15 ft in a year, and the seeds remain viable in the soil for at least 8 years. So, deceptively pretty … beware!

  3. Kathleen says:

    So informative~ is this a ‘record’ year for wildflowers, Mel?

  4. Bill and Patty Mohr says:

    We will be staying in Loveland from the 8th through 20th of July and climbing most of the days. We live in Sacramento have climbed all the 14+ here many times. Shasta, Whitney, etc. Looking forward to climbing. I’m 67 and my wife is 59 but all we do is work and climb.

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