Natural History

Posts about the natural history of the west

Salsify (Tragopogon dubius) Seed Head

Western salsify (Tragopogon dubius) are nonnative flowers that grow in lower montane fields and in the prairie at the edges of the foothills in the Front Range. Despite being nonnative, […]

Cactus on a rainy day

Most Front Range hikers will recognize the prickly pear cactus and ball cactus, though some erroneously call the latter a barrel cactus. What many don’t realize is that this area […]