The Shooting Star wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park are just spectacular! I’ve only seen them in two places in the park…Lily Lake and Black Canyon Trail on Lumpy Ridge.
The Shooting Star grows to about 9″ tall on a single stem. Its 1″ flowers are a deep pink and dart-like. Five petals sweep up from dark purple stamens. It has a yellow “neck” and a white “collar.” I usually find them near a stream or a lake.
The first photograph shows the Shooting Star in bloom, while the second photograph shows the flower after it has bloomed.
Just beautiful, don’t you think? Have you ever seen one?