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photoblog image Moss Campion

Moss Campion

 

(Silene acaulis)

Pink Family

(Caryophyllaceae)

 

 Moss campion is a typical cushion plant. It makes tidy little ground-hugging mounds with only its small leaves exposed to the weather. The flower buds hide between the leaves until many of them pop out at once to cover the cushion with color. To appreciate its beauty, moss campion needs to be looked at close-up. The individual flowers are only about 0.4 inch across.  And we were lucky, because these plants bloom for only a few weeks each summer, above the tree line in the high mountains of the Rockies.

 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 107  B.jpg

Moss Campion

 

(Silene acaulis)

Pink Family

(Caryophyllaceae)

 

 Moss campion is a typical cushion plant. It makes tidy little ground-hugging mounds with only its small leaves exposed to the weather. The flower buds hide between the leaves until many of them pop out at once to cover the cushion with color. To appreciate its beauty, moss campion needs to be looked at close-up. The individual flowers are only about 0.4 inch across.  And we were lucky, because these plants bloom for only a few weeks each summer, above the tree line in the high mountains of the Rockies.

 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 107  B.jpg

comments (20)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 15 Aug 2018, 01:45
Jolies petites fleurs qui forment un beau tapis.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They do, Martine! Pretty pink carpet!
Literally beautiful flowers, Elizabeth. smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank!! smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 15 Aug 2018, 03:29
it's new to me

love, love it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: More teeny, tiny, tundra flowers! Thanks so much, Sherri!
You WERE lucky, Elizabeth! How lovely.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh we were! Thank you, Ginnie!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2018, 06:30
Tiny little blooms maybe what what gorgeous colours . Nature has a wonderful colour palette.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are really beautiful, aren't they!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Aug 2018, 06:31
These look wonderful, Elizabeth. Very colourful and standing out in the green. Great timeing here and lucky too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Astrid! They are so pretty and brave in their little world!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 15 Aug 2018, 06:45
Oh yes, these are gorgeous
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Agreed!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Aug 2018, 07:29
Wonderful little flowers spread over this meadow! I like your images!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - it was so pretty! Thank you, Philine!
These are lovely E.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think so, too!
Une jolie découverte pour moi , cette petite fleur est trop jolie ..
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm pleased you like it - it is very pretty!
Thank you, Claudine!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 15 Aug 2018, 08:26
You certainly seem to have a good botanical knowledge Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well, not really - I just have A LOT of books! smile
Evolved to survive in extreme weather with the habit.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Nature at her best!
I have similar plants in my rocks. I love these plants and it is always about making the choice to keep it or remove it from rocks.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: KEEP IT! smile Yes - Campions are often good rock garden plants. This particular one is only at very high elevations.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 15 Aug 2018, 11:02
charming images, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ayush!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 15 Aug 2018, 11:15
Little, but oh, MY!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: "Though she be little, she is fierce!"
beautiful flowers. They bloom here too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they just! Yes, Campions are popular in rock gardens. This particular species only grows at very high elevations - above the tree line!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Aug 2018, 14:16
Heh, I thought I had just the spot for them in my garden - then I read above the treeline in the Rockies. Won't do. Unfortunately.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Yes... a bit high for you! But there are other varieties that grow at lower elevations!
Aren't they lovely.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I sure think so!
A pretty display
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed it is!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 17 Aug 2018, 12:37
Splendid colors captured here! Looks like they make a great "carpet"!

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