The yellow flowers that bloom on the dry prairie and in fields in the Denver area include many native and introduced plants. Here are some of them to help with field identification.
Plants native to the location
American Vetch plants are early purple blooms among the grasses out in the Willow Spring Open Space. The blooms start in April- May and continue through August. The purple blossoms are shaped like a butterfly with 5 petals. American Vetches have tendrils at the end of their stem which they wrap around other plants or
The Narrowleaf Cottonwood tree is found in the Denver metro area and also can be seen along the river and creek banks up into the mountains. It is found along stream and river beds and floodplains where it can get the regular moisture and periodic flooding that it needs. If you ever see a tree
Milkweed is a very familiar plant name due to its close association with Monarch Butterflies, but not everyone recognizes it when they see it! Showy or Common Milkweed is a tall plant with pale or deep pink flowers massed together at the top of the plant, large leaves and interesting seed pods later in the
Here are more things to notice beyond the gold aspen leaves when leaf-peeping in the fall in Colorado.
During a pleasant early fall visit to the Willow Spring Open Space in mid-September 2021, plants were starting to show signs of fall, and the Prairie Dogs were active.