|Scientific Name||Synthyris alpina (Besseya alpina)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||BEAL|
|Common Name||Alpine Kittentails||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||33495|
|Family||Plantaginaceae (Plantain) formerly Scrophulariaceae||SW Colorado
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9500 to 14200 ft); rocky ridges, tundra, scree and talus slopes.
Plant: Perennial with stout, erect stem up to 6 inches tall.
Leaves: Mostly basal 2 inches long, oblong-to-heart-shaped, thick and woolly.
Inflorescence: Very small purple/reddish flowers in a terminal spike. Early season bloomer.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Notes: Photo below was taken in early July above 12,000 ft. I had mis-identified the photo and was thankfully corrected by Jane Hendrix of Breckenridge. Click here for a photo of a plant in bloom.
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© Tom Lebsack 2022
Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County