One of our favorite activities when hiking is identifying Glacier Park Wildflowers. In years past, our wildflower books were always on the list of items to pack when heading out on our day long treks. Now we’ve become a little higher tech and I have Glacier National Park Wildflowers reference book by Shawn Wesley Coggins and Glacier Park Wildflowers reference book by Bret Bouda downloaded on my iPad and I carry that with us on our treks. Flower season in Glacier National Park begins in May but the best time to see wildflowers in Glacier Park is August. You can find wildflowers an nearly every trail at all elevations in August. In this post, I’ll cover some of the wildflowers you may encounter while visiting Glacier National Park.
Another iconic Glacier National Park Wildflowers is the Indian Paintbrush. There are 22 different species of Indian Paintbrush. The ones you are most likely to see in Glacier Park are the Split-Leaved Indian Paintbrush (pink or magenta), Harsh Paintbrush (bright red or scarlet), and Scarlet Paintbrush (bright red, scarlet, or crimson to red-orange). Indian Paintbrush will stand 8-36 inches tall with the leaf-like bloom at the top of the stem – the Split-Leaved Indian Paintbrush is the shortest in this group with the Scarlet and Harsh Paintbrush about the same height. The stem has long, lance shaped leaves from it base to the bloom. Indian Paintbrush can be found in valley meadows, alpine meadows, and open wooded areas. They will bloom earlier at lower elevations and can be seen along the Going-To-The-Sun Road in July and August. Another good place to see them is along the Highline Trail.
Leafy Aster & Showy Fleabane Daisy
Pointed Mariposa Lily
Queen’s Cup Beadlily
Smoky Bear Ranch