This past weekend, the American Penstemon Society held their annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. I was fortunate enough to attend their meeting and join them on one of their field trips. We visited Mores Mountain in the Boise National Forest, which is a short drive north of Boise. The hike was so much fun! There were tons of great plants to see, and the views from the top were incredible. My favorite sights were all the magical rock gardens that were scattered along the trail which were loaded with a diverse number of small plants eking out an existence on lichen splattered outcrops. If you ever find yourself in the Boise area, this is a spot that I am certain you don’t want to miss.
Rock Garden on Mores Mountain, Boise National Forest
Lewisia sacajaweana, Sacajawea bitter root
Ceanothus velutinus, snowbrush ceanothus
Penstemon humilis, low penstemon
Penstemon fruticosus, shrubby penstemon
Calochortus macrocarpus, sagebrush mariposa lily
Calochortus eurycarpus, white mariposa lily