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IN BLOOM: Exploring Aspen-area wildflowers

Week 1: Pluck the day, not flowers — Learn about Blue Flax, or Linum lewisii

Week 2: Forget not, the Forget-me-nots — Brilliant blue Eritrichum nanum and its frequent neighbor, the pink Moss campion, Silene acaulis

Week 3: Wildflower fireworks in full display — Trio of colors with  Silky Phacelia, Phacelia sericea; Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum; and Old Man of the Mountain, Hymenoxys grandiflora

IN BLOOM: A weekly summer column, “In Bloom” features wildflowers that are prominent in the Aspen area at the time. Karin Teague, director of the Independence Pass Foundation, is a 25-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley and devoted student of its wildflowers. To see more facts and photos of the flowers featured and blooming in real time on Independence Pass, go to independencepass.org.

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