This month, I went on a (socially-distanced) hike on Bogus Basin and Schafer Butte. During the hike, I was able to identify 15 species of wildflowers, including a couple that were new to me.
I saw two species of Indian paintbrush, including this pink variety. I’ve only seen it in orange or red.
I looked for sego lilies but did not find them this time. They sometimes grow in large numbers on Mores Mountain.
I did see some shrubby cinquefoil, a small yellow flower that people sometimes confuse with antelope bitterbrush. Cinquefoil is a member of the rose family.
I also saw this Nootka rose, Idaho’s largest native rose.
There was scarlet gilia everywhere. Scarlet gilia or skyrocket is a type of phlox and is pollinated by hummingbirds.
One new species I saw was western horsemint, a pale purplish flower in the mint family.
Another was this pale blue stickseed, a type of false forget-me-not in the borage family.
The other flowers I logged were: dwarf monkeyflower, lupine, longleaf phlox, penstemon, larkspur, woolly sunflower, sticky geranium, mountain bluebells (ciliate), and cushion buckwheat. Many of those are perennial favorites.