Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), Native - Started early/mid May.
This marvelous shrub occurs in many places in the north part of the park. There are many crammed in to the north bed of the Columbia Street Entrance, and they were the first to bloom this year (started about a week and a half ago). However, the large shrubs along the “middle path” and further north start just a bit later and you can still catch them in bloom. Each little white flower will eventually turn into a dark red-black berry later in the season.
Traditionally in June, Friends and neighbors meet in the northern half of Monument Valley Park to enjoy a variety of wildflowers blooming in the Park. Carey Harrington, a Colorado Native Plant Master, leads our walks and provides interesting information on each of the wildflowers that she identifies.
Below you will find a list of wildflowers that the group saw on a past outing.
If you want to learn more about the plants, flowers, and trees in Monument Valley Park, please visit Carey's website at http://careymoonbeam.wordpress.com/
Evening primrose (Oenothera spp.) – Native
Western spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) – Native
Wild onion (Allium textile) – Native
Redstem filaree (Erodium cicutarium) – Alien, Colorado Noxious Weed List C
Scarlet gaura (Gaura coccinea) – Native
Crested wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum) – Alien
Fringed puccoon (Lithospermum incisum) – Native
Early vetch (Astragalus spp.) – Native
Salsify (Tragopogon dubius) – Alien
Brittle cactus (Opuntia fragilis) – Native
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) – Alien
Chokecherry (Padus virginiana) – Native
American plum (Prunus americana) – Native
Smooth brome (Bromus inermis) – Alien
Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) – Alien
Common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) – Alien
Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens) – Alien
Goji berry or wolfberry (Lycium barbarum) – AlienType your paragraph here.