El Malpais National Monument, near Grants, New Mexico on 30 May 2021, part of the National Park system of the United States. Two areas were visited: La Ventana Arch and the Sandstone Bluffs. There wasn’t time to go to the volcano flows.
Richardson’s Geranium [Geranium richardsonii] seen at in the Lama community, New Mexico on 29 May 2021. It’s a member of the Geranium (Geraniaceae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America page 260, states it is found Spring through Fall in woods and moist mountain meadows.
USDA Plants Listing: Geranium richardsonii
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, near Mosca, Colorado, on 27 May 2021. With the melting mountain snow, Medano Creek was flowing at the foot of the dunes, providing families with a “day at the beach.”
Fringed Puccoon or Narrowleaf Stoneseed [Lithospermum incisum] found outside Broken Bow, Nebraska on 20 May 2021. It’s a member of the Borage (Boraginaceae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America, page 161, states it blooms in spring and summer on roadsides, in open woods, and on prairies. It is different from the from the Hoary Puccoon and Western Puccoon, in that its flowers have jagged edges.
USDA Plants Listing: Lithospermum incisum
Goat’s-Beard or Yellow Salsify [Tragopogon dubius] seen at Alma Creamery, Alma, Kansas on 17 May 2021 and Grand Island, Nebraska on 19 May 2021. It’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae / Compositae) family. National Wildlife Federation’s Wildflowers of North America page 569, records that it was introduced species and the USDA site has it found in most of the United States and Canada.
USDA Plants Listing: Tragopogon dubius