Looking back at these pictures taken above Les Houches last May, I’ve managed to identify most of them. This Narcissus Thimbleweed, also known as the narcissus flowered anemone, gave me some bother. There are so many similar flowers flowering in spring from the ranunculaceae family– the buttercup (has loose flowers and glossy 3 – 5 lobed leaves) pasque flower (single flower, hairy trimerous leaves) wood anemone (6 petals but toothed leaves). But this one has a distinctive cluster of flowers at the head and clusters of pointy leaves. The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for “little frog,” the diminutive of rana. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs.
The bell flower shape refers to the campanula. Amazingly it only flowers after 8 years. Most campanulas are blue but this one is different and can have up to 200 of those little bells. mmm.
This lily is part of the asparagus family, cute little thing and thankfully, like all these flowers, protected.
The snow gentian’s bright blue attracts the pollinators (clever little flowers).