Denver Botanic Gardens

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Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight while spreading the collective wisdom of the Gardens through outreach, collaboration and education. The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region, and similar regions around the world, providing enjoyment and enlightenment to everyone. Started in 1951 and located in the middle of the Mile High City, Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the country to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices, such as water conservation and biological control of pests.

Today, Denver Botanic Gardens continues this tradition at three unique sites: Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Mount Goliath. Each of these demonstrates the varied ecosystems of Colorado. Denver Botanic Gardens presents a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate our Western identity and a unique high altitude climate and geography.

Our conservation programs play a major role in protecting species and natural habitats for future generations. Most of all, Denver Botanic Gardens offers spectacular plant displays, unlimited opportunities for lifelong learning and research that helps preserve Colorado's precious natural resources. Denver Botanic Gardens features over 15,000 plant taxa, including 98 of the Project BudBurst target species.

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Big sagebrush
Artemisia tridentata

Big sagebrush are tall, rounded shrubs with wedge-shaped leaves with 3-5 teeth at the tips. They have a strong turpentine-like odor and small, inconspicuous flowers.

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Blue grama
Bouteloua gracilis

Blue grama grass has distinctive flowers clustered along branches of the flower stalks which dangle from the stem, often resembling a human eyebrow.

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Prunus virginiana

Chokecherry has white flowers that are distinctive because they are attached on stems forming long racemes. Most other cherries have flowers in short rounded clusters.

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Colorado blue columbine
Aquilegia caerulea

Colorado blue columbines flowers hangdown with five upward claw-like pointing spurs. The leaves are divided in threeand each leaf has three lobes.

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Forsythia xintermedia

This early bloomer is a medium deciduous shrub and is well known for its profusion of vibrant yellow flowers signaling the onset of spring.

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Ponderosa pine
Pinus ponderosa

Ponderosa pine is the iconic pine of the interior west, with its thick colorful bark which can be bright orange or yellow in color in open sunny spots. It is the only 3-needle pine in the Rockies.

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Quaking aspen
Populus tremuloides

Has smooth rounded leaves which flitter in the slightest breeze. It also has bright white or cream colored bark that looks similar to birch bark except that it does not peel.

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Red osier dogwood
Cornus sericea

After leaf fall, the bright red twigsof this medium to large deciduous shrub add color to the winter landscape.

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Scarlet gilia
Ipomopsis aggregata

Scarlet gilias have bright red tubular flowers that attach to one side of the stem. The stems are often sticky feeling and slightly hairy. The leaves are simple and alternate along the stems.

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Scarlet globemallow
Sphaeralcea coccinea

This plant is a long-lived perennial forb, widespread throughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. It blooms in the spring and summer and has red-orange flowers and palmately-lobed leaves. Theplant is generally covered with dense, stellate (star-shaped) hairs.

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