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Art by Nature – Wyoming Wildflowers
July 20, 2017
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Purple Lupine | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers

Only a few blocks from where we live is a home with what the owners claim to be a “prairie garden.” The jungle of long grasses just looks like an excuse for an untidy front lawn most of the time. Their neighbours complain bitterly about the perceived eyesore, devaluing their street and homes. However, after seeing the wildflowers of Wyoming, I get it! Why wouldn’t you want a garden that looks like the extraordinary fields of lupine, orchids, daisies, and paintbrushes that colour the mountainsides and meadows, even if only for a few months a year?

Wild and wonderful

I’ve never experienced prairies of wildflowers before and realised I had assumed all photos of such were somewhat contrived. No, they’re real! There are no secret planting sessions, nor the need for filters or Photoshop —these natural beauties are wild and wonderful in a rainbow of colours. Here is a selection of my favourite Wyoming wildflowers. I’ve done my best to identify each, but I’m open to corrections and suggestions if I’ve missed the mark.

Campanula rotundifolia - Bluebell | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Campanula rotundifolia - Bluebell
Mertensia ciliata - Tall Fringed Bluebells | Wyoming Wildflowers
Mertensia ciliata - Tall Fringed Bluebells
Larkspur | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Larkspur
Phacelia sericea - silky phacelia or blue alpine phacelia | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Phacelia sericea - silky phacelia or blue alpine phacelia
Eritrichium nanum - arctic alpine forget-me-not | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Eritrichium nanum - arctic alpine forget-me-not
Geranium viscosissimum - Sticky Geranium | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Geranium viscosissimum - Sticky Geranium
Rubus parviflorus - Thimbleberry | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Rubus parviflorus - Thimbleberry
Orange Paintbrush | Wyoming Wildflowers
Orange Paintbrush
Rosa woodsii - Woods'Rose | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Rosa woodsii - Woods'Rose
Ipomopsis aggregata - Scarlet Gilia | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Ipomopsis aggregata - Scarlet Gilia
Sedum lanceolatum - Spearleaf Stonecrop | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Sedum lanceolatum - Spearleaf Stonecrop
Osmorhiza longistylis - Longstyle Sweetroot | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Osmorhiza longistylis - Longstyle Sweetroot
Balsamorhiza sagittata - Arrowleaf Balsamroot | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Balsamorhiza sagittata - Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Where to find the best Wyoming wildflowers

If you’re planning on spending some time exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the following are some recommended wildflower hotspots depending on the timing of your visit. If you are in search of a specific species of flower, the National Parks Service Wildflower Lists for Yellowstone and Grand Teton will be more helpful.

Grand Teton

Lupine Meadows – early summer

Antelope Flats Road – best in June

North Blacktail Butte

Highway 89 between Colter Bay and Lizard Creek – late summer

Jenny Lake Trail – early July

Yellowstone

Hellroaring Creek Trail – Late-April to late-June

Trout Lake – early July

Mount Washburn Trail – from mid-July

Yellowstone River Picnic Area Trail

Let us know if you have a favourite spot for sighting Wyoming wildflowers in the comments below.

Peace, love & inspiring travels,

Madam ZoZo

Ipomopsis aggregata - Scarlet Gilia | Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers
Art by Nature - Wyoming Wildflowers | Duende by Madam ZoZo

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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