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Miner's Candle

Oreocarya virgata


Miner's candle sends up a flowering spike that can be 2 feet (70 cm) tall. The flowers look like large white forget-me-not (Mysotis spp.) flowers, because they are in the same plant family, the Boraginaceae, the forget-me-not family. The leaves have coarse hairs. —


Grows on rocky slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountains extend 3000 miles (4800 km) from northern British Columbia in Canada to New Mexico in the southern United States, so there would seem to be a lot of similar terrain where miner's candle could grow. But it doesn't . It is found only in Wyoming and Colorado. —

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on May 29, 2017
Submitted on Jul 14, 2017

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