Wildflowers at Craters of the Moon: There’s an app for that!

Craters-WildflowersLike having a Ranger in your pocket, this new wildflower app provides the ability to identify 100 of the most common plants at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Download your free copy for both Apple and Android devices by visiting http://www.nps.gov/crmo/photosmultimedia/index.htm

Recent rains should make this another good year for the annual eruption of wildflowers at Craters. A variety of flowers are already blooming on Craters-Wildflower sproutssagebrush covered slopes and through cracks in the lava. Peak bloom typically occurs on the cinder slopes in mid-June and continues through early July.  Dwarf Monkeyflower, Dwarf Buckwheat and Silver Leaved Phacelia make up the bulk of the display on the cinder cones, but the varied habitats of the park support more than 700 different types of plants.  Although June brings the most impressive show of flowering plants, there are a wide variety of wildflowers that bloom throughout the summer.  To find out “What’s Blooming Now” please visit:  http://www.nps.gov/crmo/naturescience/wildflowers.htm

Visit the Monument’s Facebook page for regular reports on wildflowers and other observations in the park:

Special Ranger-guided wildflower walks are being offered June 8 and June 15. Please call 208-527-1335 to sign up for those events. The Monument’s full schedule of daily guided walks and evening programs begins on June 7. For more information about these and other events, please visit the Monument’s web site at: http://www.nps.gov/crmo/planyourvisit/events.htm

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    Lovely nature and a lovely pic