Alaskan Wildflowers


Summers are short and sweet in Girdwood, but there is no shortage of colorful flowers! I’m forever admiring the lush green landscape punctuated perfectly with plentiful wildflowers. Alaska’s long summer days and varied climate create the ideal environment for a stunning variety of flowers. There are over 1,500 species of wildflowers in Alaska and here are few of my favorites:

Fireweed

Alaska’s most well known wildflower is the Fireweed. This vibrant flower blooms in late summer and autumn. Roadsides throughout the state are painted in magnificent hues of pink and magenta. The plant blooms first at the bottom, and as legend has it, once the blossom reaches the top, the six-week countdown to winter begins.

Forget Me Not

This little perennial is the Alaskan state flower.  They are fragrant in the evening only.  These flowers are small and sweet, which is ironic for such a giant and rugged state, don’t you think?

Lupine

Lupine is a plant with bluish-purple flowers.  I first noticed this flower when biking one afternoon.  I was so taken by the vibrant blue I had to stop and get a closer look.  Lupine live in open habitats and bears love to eat the roots.  In my opinion they are one of the most beautiful plants, but also poisonous.


Clustered Bellflower

Early July I noticed these spike-like flowers in front of our house.  I’ve enjoyed filling my vase with these sturdy beauties ever since. Tidbit: put a penny in the vase to help keep your flowers upright.


Wild Geranium

Native Wild Geranium are light blue, purple, or pink, and blossom from spring to mid-summer. I noticed these pretties last month, but they seem to be on their way out.

Blanket Flower

These red and yellow “pinwheel” flowers remind me of the red poppies in the Wizard of Oz.  I love the punch of red.


Showy Daisy

This daisy is one heck of a cheerful solitary flower!  These blooms are frequently spotted around town weaved into hair or tucked behind an ear.

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2 responses

  1. Debbie Swanson

    So glad you posted these pictures! The lovely summer flowers are just one of the many memories I took with me from Girdwood 🙂

    August 2, 2011 at 4:28 am

  2. Scott, Jerry and I are so jealous! We want to be there so much; especially when it is 105 degrees here in Raleigh/Cary. Your blog is wonderful!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:04 am

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