What's Bloomin'?


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As we enter a wet August in the Black Hills, most of the early summer blooms have faded, but there are still many flowers to be seen along highways and trails.

The primary yellow flowers currently visible include pale agoseris (Agoseris glauca), blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), cutleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), and goldenrod (Solidago sp.).

Several white blooms including common yarrow (Achillea millefolium), western pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), and spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium) are currently on display across the Forest.

Many purple to pink flowers currently blooming include harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), fleabane (Erigeron sp.), wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum leave), and hoary verbena (Verbena stricta).

There are few less charismatic, but still beautiful in their own way, species currently blooming on the Forest.  These include alpine mountainsorrel (Oxyria digyna) and woodland pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea).

Many non-native and/or invasive species are now blooming as well.  The most often observed species include musk thistle (Carduus nutans), Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), timothy (Phleum pratense), red clover (Trifolium pratense), and white clover (Trifolium repens).

In addition, there are many shrub species now in fruit including chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), wild rose (Rosa sp.), and American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus).

Have a safe Rally Week and stop by again soon to see What’s Bloomin’ in the Black Hills!


August 2, 2017

Contact Chelsea Monks or Cheryl Mayer at (605) 673-9200 for more information.