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