Purple-stemmed Aster. Asters already? But summer's just begun! This is our earliest aster to bloom, and one of the showiest.
Canadian Burnet. As its name implies, this plant usually grows further north than this, but it flourishes here where ice packs cool the soil until late in the spring.
Large Cranberry, which grows by the thousand where springs dampen the soil and create standing pools of water among the rocks.
Early Goldenrod. Yes, I agree, it's too early for asters and goldenrods, isn't it? This is a very early bloomer. We found Sweet Goldenrod, too, a fragrant species just about to bloom.
Kalm's Lobelia. This is such a dainty, fragile looking flower, I wonder how it survives the harsh conditions of the Ice Meadows.
Narrow-leaved Mountain Mint. You have to look close at these flowers or you'll miss those purple polka-dots.
Ragged Fringed Orchis. This one sure lives up to its name, with those tattered-looking blooms. We also found Tubercled Orchis growing here, but my photo did not turn out.
Woodland Sunflower. This actually grows right out in the open, not back in the shady woods. It's distinguished by the way its opposite stalkless leaves seem to clasp the stem.
Sticky Tofieldia. Its flowers are white but its fruits are rosy red. This is quite a rare plant, so I'm trying to learn to identify it at every stage of growth.