Reader Participation Day: Which Flowers Mean "Spring Is Here" In The National Parks?
The spring and early summer blooming season is well underway in much of the country, and for many people that brings to mind some specific varieties of wildflowers or blooming trees or shrubs that they associate with a particular National Park Service area.
For Glacier National Park, some might suggest the conspicuous Beargrass or the appropriately named Glacier lily, while along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Flame Azalea, Mountain Laurel and Catawba rhododendron are big attractions.
Although some of this year's flower display has already come and gone in the lower elevations of desert parks, those sites can offer some dramatic blooms, such as the tall and dramatic century plant in places like Big Bend National Park. For an area such as Joshua Tree National Park, there's an obvious choice for the "namesake" blooms!
Do you have any favorite "national park flowers"? If so, which blossoms, and which NPS areas offer a chance to enjoy them?