Day 1 Nature Challenge: Beargrass

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) is a common wildflower found in Glacier National Park and this year has produced prolific blossoms, especially near park headquarters on the west-side of the park.
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) is a common wildflower found in Glacier National Park and this year has produced prolific blossoms, especially near park headquarters on the west-side of the park.

Macro view of Beargrass blossom: In June 2013, we took a trip west to see nine National Park sites. Glacier National Park was on the list but the full Going-to-the-Sun Road was not open from the snowfall the previous winter. Glacier was also the only park we visited where it rained and was cloudy all the time. Some mountains and glaciers we never did see.

What we did see was a “prolific” season is of flowering Beargrass. It was amazing! We were told several times how lucky we were to be able to see so many Beargrass blooms.

The National Park Service says, “Beargrass can grow up to five feet in height with long and wiry, grass-like basal leaves at the base of the stalk and a cluster of small, dense white flowers at the top.”

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