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A Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers

Updated: Nov 23, 2023


Alaskan wildflowers are a breathtaking display of nature's vibrant colors and delicate beauty. Nestled among the rugged landscapes and vast wilderness of Alaska, these resilient flowers emerge in the short but intense summer season. From the majestic fireweed, with its striking magenta spikes that blanket hillsides, to the cheerful yellow Arctic poppies that dot the tundra, each wildflower has a unique charm. Lupines, with their tall spires of purple, blue, and pink, create picturesque scenes along rivers and roadsides. Delicate forget-me-nots, the state flower of Alaska, paint the meadows with their tiny blue blossoms. The alpine regions showcase hardy mountain avens and saxifrages, adorned with dainty petals that brave the harsh alpine winds. Alaskan wildflowers are a testament to the resilience and beauty that thrives in this vast northern wilderness, leaving visitors and locals alike in awe of their captivating presence.


We will introduce you to some of the most common Alaskan wildflowers with photos we have taken and the time of year you will most likely see them so you can identify them while exploring with the Field Guide to Alaskan Wildflowers. So grab your camera gear and get ready for a beautiful adventure!


Updated: 11/23/23


COUNT: 19 - Stay tuned, more flowers are to come with each outing.


Plant: Alaskan Dandelion Blooms: May to July Note: Much larger than the average Dandelion




Plant: Alpine Forget-me-not

Blooms: June to September




Plant: Arctic Lupine

Blooms: May to July





Plant: Baneberry Blooms: June to September Note: Poisonous




Plant: Beach Pea

Blooms: June to August




Plant: Bluebells

Blooms: May to July





Plant: Bog Rosemary Blooms: June to September Note: Poisonous





Plant: Bunchberry Dogwood

Blooms: June to September





Plant: Chocolate Lily Blooms: May to September Note: flowers smell like smelly socks or an outhouse



Plant: Common Yarrow

Blooms: June to September




Plant: Jacob's Ladder

Blooms: June to September




Plant: Labrador Tea

Blooms: May to September





Plant: Marsh Marigold

Blooms: May to July




Plant: Moss Campion

Blooms: June to September





Plant: Prickly Rose

Blooms: June to September




​Plant: Shooting Star

Blooms: June to July





​​Plant: Snake's Head Lily

Blooms: May to July






​Plant: Starflower

Blooms: May to July





​Plant: Yellow Thimbleweed

Blooms: May to July





Stay tuned, more flowers are to come with each outing.



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