Flower of western arctic shootingstar in the interior of Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 13, 2020
Western arctic shootingstar – Primula frigida

The western arctic shootingstar (sometimes frigid shootingstar) has a magenta or pink flower, shaped like a dart. Identification info and story around the name.

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Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 4, 2020
Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus

The arctic lupine is a purple-flowering, herbaceous plant with a raceme of pea-like flowers. It contains a neurotoxin, sparteine, thought to deter snowshoe hares.

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Monkshood flower in Denali National Park
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 19, 2020
Monkshood – Aconitum delphiniifolium

Monkshood is a highly toxic plant with purple flowers, resembling larkspur with a purple hood over the top of the flower.

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bluebell flowers with a butterfly
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 16, 2020
Tall Bluebells – Mertensia paniculata

The tall bluebell is a plant named after the shape and color of the flower produced. The flowers form from pink buds and sometimes remain slightly pink.

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Siberian aster flower blooming in Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 13, 2020
Siberian Aster – Eurybia sibirica

Siberian aster is a purple, daisy-like flower found across the circumboreal subarctic including Alaska. The flower is composed of light 12-50 light purple ray florets.

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Wild Iris – Iris Setosa
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 21, 2020
Wild Iris – Iris Setosa

The flower of the wild iris is deep violet to blue 6-10 cm (2.5-4 inches) across with 2 sets of three petals. This poisonous plant grows up to 3 feet.

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Purple Mountain Saxifrage flowers in rocky talus near the Black Rapids Glacier
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 9, 2020
Purple Mountain Saxifrage – Saxifraga oppositifolia

Purple mountain saxifrage is a low-growing, small, matted plant with dark green rounded and scaly leaves earning it the name French Knot. It's petals are edible, but bitter.

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Northern Kittentails – Synthyris borealis
Posted by Lee Petersen | May 18, 2020
Northern Kittentails – Synthyris borealis

Northern Kittentails is a small, purple flower about 2-3 cm in diameter. They mostly grow individually in rocky, alpine areas, or in clusters of 2-3 plants.

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Larkspur – Delphinium glaucum
Posted by Lee Petersen | March 24, 2020
Larkspur – Delphinium glaucum

The larkspur is a tall, single stem flowering plant that grows 3-6 ft (0.9-1.8 m) in height with spurred, purple flowers. Toxic to people and animals.

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