7. Rocky Mountain Forests and Alpine Vegetation

Grasses:
• Tufted hairgrass Deschampsia cespitosa: A clump grass. Sun. Moist to moderately dry. 3½ feet.

Shrubs:
• Golden Currant Ribes aureum: Flower show resembles forsythia. Edible berries. Sun or partial shade. Dry to moderately moist. 10 feet.
• Western mountain ash Sorbus scopulina: Bright orange fruit attracts birds, especially cedar waxwings. Sun to partial shade. Moderate moisture. 12 feet.



• Red elderberry Sambucus racemosa: Edible red fruit. Sun to partial shade. Moderate moisture. 18 feet.
• Western thimbleberry Rubacer parviflorus: Scattered edible berries. Sun. Moderate moisture. 4 feet.

Wildflowers:
• Colorado columbine Aquilegia caerulea: Blue and white flowers. Sun or shade. Moist. 2 feet.
• Rocky Mountain iris Iris missouriensis: Purple flowers about 3 inches across. Sun to partial shade. Moist. 1 foot.
• Harebell Campanula rotundifolia: Also known as bluebells. Partial sun. Moist. 1 foot.
• Nelson's larkspur Delphinium nelsonii: Blossoms are a brilliant blue-purple. Sun. Dry. 1 foot.
• Fringed sage Artemisia frigida: Fragrant, silver-gray leaves. Small yellow flowers. Sun or partial shade. Dry. 8 inches.
• Aspen daisy Erigeron speciosus: Blue daisy flowers. Partial sun. Dry to moist soil. 2 feet.

Resources:
National Wildlife Federation
Colorado State University Herbarium

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