Wednesday, July 7, 2010

They’re mule’s ears

The local wildflowers are truly spectacular this year, as your photo in the July 2 edition showed. However, those gorgeous yellow blossoms pictured on Page A20 are mule's ears, not arrowleaf balsamroot, a common mistake in identification, as the flowers of both plants are large, showy bursts of color. They are found in profusion on Dollar Mountain as well as Proctor Mountain and Taylor Canyon, and sometimes are white, not yellow. They can be distinguished by the leaves, which are shiny and pointed like the ears of a mule, not triangular like the leaves of the balsamroot.

Readers interested in learning more about our native plants and flowers are invited to join the walks sponsored by the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, continuing each Thursday in July. Call 726-9358 for further information.

Jeanne Cassell

Sun Valley

Editor's note: Thank you for the clarification. The two types of wildflowers are certainly very similar.

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