Wildflowers of Mores Mountain | Boise National Forest

For the past three months, I have been IDing native wildflowers on Mores Mountain in Bogus Basin and Boise National Forest. Mores Mountain is known for spectacular views and incredible wildflower displays, the best I’ve seen in the Treasure Valley. I thought I’d share some of the flowers I saw on the trails in May, June, and July.

For brevity I have only included a plant in the first month it was seen, but know that some plants bloom for more than one month. (For example, I saw paintbrush plants in full bloom during late May-July.)

May

May flowers are: (1) upland larkspur, (2) spring beauty, (3) goosefoot violet, (4) yellow fritillary, (5) ballhead waterleaf, (6) mountain kittentails, (7) Rocky Mountain paintbrush, (8) cinquefoil, and (9) blue stickseed (meadow forget-me-not).

Other May flowers (not pictured) included Oregon grape.

June

June flowers are: (1) white mariposa lily, (2) Oregon sunshine, (3) mountain sunflower, (4) scarlet gilia, (5) penstemon, and (6) horsemint.

Other June flowers (not pictured) included western columbine and wax currant.

May flowers that may still be blooming include upland larkspur, cinquefoil, Rocky Mountain paintbrush, and blue stickseed.

July

July flowers are: (1) buckwheat, (2) fireweed, (3) lupine, (4) western coneflower, and (5) sticky geranium.

Other July flowers (not pictured) included yarrow and water hemlock.

May and June flowers that may still be blooming include upland larkspur, cinquefoil, Rocky Mountain paintbrush, blue stickseed, penstemon, scarlet gilia, wax currant, western columbine, and Oregon sunshine.


For more information about wildflowers in Boise National Forest and Bogus Basin, check out the USDA Mores Mountain wildflower guide.

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