While going hiking, you will find many fascinating things that nature offers. One of them is various types of wildflowers which bloom along the mountain trail.
Coming in various shapes, colors, and fragrances, mountain flowers will welcome you on the trail with their natural beauty.
Of hundreds of flowers species in the mountain, here are 20 flowers that you can find when you’re going on a hike.
Table of Contents
- Edelweiss Flower
- Naupaka Flower
- Chiltern Gentian
- Yellow Pond-lily
- Mountain Harebell
- Pyrenean Buttercup
- Veronica Alpina
- Amancay Flower
- Mountain Lupine
- Purple Mountain Saxifrage
- Mountain Monkshood
- Mountain Ladyslipper
- Alpine Yellow Monkey
- Arrowleaf Balsamroot
- Alpine Cinquefoil
- Common Paintbrush
- Spreading Phlox
- Western Pasqueflower
Edelweiss is also known as a snow flower due to its pure white color. It is a rare and special flower that can be found in the high altitudes of the mountain range. This flower grows wildly in the Alps and Carpathians. Despite its wide medical uses, most regions enforce legal limitation which forbids hikers to pick edelweiss at any cost.
Native to Australia and Polynesia, Naupaka flower is both unique and unusual. This flower has five little petals which only fill one side of the stem tip. It creates an impression that the flower has been cut in half. For this reason, naupaka also goes by the name fan-flower or half-flower.
Chiltern Gentian is one of the beautiful mountain flowers which fall into the categories of rare flora. Its natural habitat is in the European mountain ranges, such as in the Chiltern Hills of southern England. Featuring blue or violet petals, this flower usually bloom between August and September.
As the name suggests, this mountain beauty features bright yellow flower petals. Because of its large sepal or outer parts, the flower looks like a yellow bowl which protects the smaller petals in the center. Moreover, the name ‘pond-lily’ refers to the flower’s ability to float on the surface of the pond or water.
Having pink or purple shades, fireweed is a common flower which grows wildly in the meadows and higher mountains. Surprisingly, this flower has a fast-growing state in the burnt areas or after the soil is caught in a wildfire.
Mountain harebell is characterized by thin, delicate stems and white or purple bell-shaped flowers. The flower is largely found in the northern hemisphere, extending from the north Mediterranean to the arctic mountain range. The famous English poets and writers, William Shakespeare, once wrote about mountain harebell in of his works.
Although Pyrenean buttercup belongs to the wild mountain flowers, this small blossom can be grown in the garden area. The flowers usually bloom in the early spring, as soon as the last snow melts. The plant will continue to grow until the end of the summer.
Veronica Alpina refers to the small purple flowers which grow in most areas of the Alps, the highest mountains in Europe. The flower can be found in the valleys, stony pastures, as well as some humid environments of the mountain range.
Amancay is a native mountain flower of South America which grows largely in hills and mountain ranges of Peru and Patagonia. The flower looks strikingly beautiful with its yellow petals and tiny orange stripes. Unfortunately, the flower’s lifespan is very short; it can only bloom between two and three days.
Buttercup belongs to the herbaceous mountain flowers which fall into the category of perennial flowering plant. The plant has thin and long stems with small flower petals in bright yellow shades.
The blue mountain lupine is one of a few flowers that grow in the alpine tundra. The leaves of this flower are covered in soft silver hairs. Such structure helps the plant reduce water loss and protect it from the tundra’s harsh condition.
Purple Mountain Saxifrage
Classified as the purple wildflowers in the alpine areas, mountain saxifrage features small blossoms in a bright purple shade. There is only one single flower for each stem. However, the flowers usually bloom in groups and grow among rocks.
Mountain monkshood has deep purple flowers which bloom in the hooded structure. The flower generally grows in the area with high moisture level, such as in the meadows, along with the stream banks, or near the cascades.
Mountain ladyslipper is a member of the orchid family which grows in humus soil and dry climate. The flower is characterized by small white blossoms which look like tiny slippers, hence the name—lady slipper. Mountain ladyslipper takes around 15 years to bloom, so it is considered as one of the rare flowers in the mountain range.
Alpine Yellow Monkey
Alpine yellow monkey is a creeping plant which grows along the ground. It has tiny yellow flowers which bloom in a single stem. A group of this flower prefers to grow in wet or moist meadows, extending from the middle to high area of the mountain.
Arrowleaf balsamrootis largely found in theUmtanum Ridge. This wildflower features leafy stems and yellow blossoms which grow in clusters. It usually grows in May along with other mountain flowers, such as shooting starts and hedgehog cactus.
Alpine cinquefoil belongs to the category of rocky mountain wildflowers. The flower has five petals and yellow shades. Blooming from July to September, this wildflower prefers to grow in rocky zones and higher areas of the mountain.
Common paintbrush is a native mountain flower of India. It largely grows in the meadows or coastal bluffs. While the plant is categorized under the perennial type, the bright red flowers only bloom between May and September.
Spreading phlox blooms in the form of white, pink, or blue mountain flower. It can be found in the middle elevation of the mountains, and sometimes in the higher areas. Spreading phlox prefers rocky mountain while growing along the ground from May to August.
Western Pasqueflower is often overlooked because it doesn’t look like the usual flower. Instead of bright-colored blossoms or large flower petals, this flowering plant bears soft fuzzy hairs on the tips of its longs stem. It blooms throughogfvut the summer and can be found on the mountain meadows or slopes.