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Alpine Flowers Photo Gallery

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Bluebells and Goldenrod
Bluebells and Alpine Goldenrod bloom in late July through September. Bluebells or Harebell (Campanula Rotundifolia) can be found at lower elevations and as far north as Newfoundland. Alpine Goldenrod (Solidago Cutleri), named for eighteenth-century botanist Manasseh Cutler, grows only above treeline. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Bog Bilberry
Bog Bilberry (Vaccinium Uliginosum), is one of many flowering alpine shrubs. The blue green leaves turn purple in autumn.

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Dwarf Cinquefoil
Dwarf Cinquefoil (Potentilla Robbinsiana), is federally protected and is the rarest alpine plant in New England; found only on Mount Washington and the Franconia Range. The plant appears to grow out from under the rocks. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Dwarf Cinquefoil
Dwarf Cinquefoil (Potentilla Robbinsiana) was discoverd by early botanist and ornithologist Thomas Nuttall and was named by William Oakes for botanist James W. Robbins. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Diapensia
Diapensia (Diapensia Lapponica) is often found in areas most exposed to the wind. The shrub is one of the earliest to bloom above treeline; late may through June.

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Diapensia
Diapensia (Diapensia Lapponica), a shrub, forms compact evergreen cushions or mats and its flowers can be seen all over the summits of the White Mountains during the month of June. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Dwarf Cinquefoil
Dwarf Cinquefoil (Potentilla Robbinsiana), is federally protected and is the rarest alpine plant in New England; found only on Mount Washington and the Franconia Range. The plant appears to grow out from under the rocks.

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Dwarf Shrub
As many as thirteen different plants make up a dwarf shrub/heath community. They form dense mats, with crinkly brown Iceland lichen underneath making the ground difficult to see. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Labrador Tea
Labrador Tea (Ledum Groenlandicum), another flowering shrub, is found in bogs and at all elevations including the alpine zone. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Lapland Rosebay
A true alpine shrub, Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron Lapponicum), has magenta-purple flowers up to 1" across. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Mountain Avens
Mountain Avens (Geum Peckii) can be found near alpine snowbanks as well as in bogs at lower elevations. In the background a thicket of Krummholz can be seen. Shaped by the wind and weather, Krummholz (crooked wood), often looks like bonsai trees and signals the edge of treeline and the beginning of the alpine zone. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Mountain Sandwort
Widely distributed in the alpine zone and common along trails, Mountain Sandwort (Arenaria Groenlandica), grows in tufts along heavily used trails.

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Bluets
Honey-scented Alpine Bluets (Hedyotis Caerulea) are found in alpine snowbanks and moist areas above treeline. Bryan Yeaton Photo.

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Azalea
Alpine Azalea (Loiseleuria Procumbens) is only found above treeline in the Presidential Range. The dwarf mat-forming shrub blooms May through June. Tim Gutmann Photo.

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Bog Laurel
Bog Laurel (Kalmia Polifolia) is found in low-elevation bogs and moist alpine areas. The white flowers in the background are Bunchberry flowers. Tim Gutmann Photo.

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Deer's Hair Sedge
Deer's Hair Sedge (Scirpus Caespitosus) is commonly found in all alpine areas.

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Alpine Lawn
Alpine flowers spread out across an alpine meadow with Mounts Adams and Madison across the Great Gulf Wilderness.

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