Packera crocata

(Saffron Ragwort)

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Packera crocata, Straight Creek Trail, Summit Co. 5097/5117

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Packera crocata, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5629/5639

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Packera crocata, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 6724

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Packera crocata, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 7076

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Packera crocata, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 7082

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Packera crocata, Straight Creek Trail, Summit Co. 5163

Scientific Name Packera crocata USDA PLANTS Symbol PACR5
Common Name Saffron Ragwort, Saffron Groundsel ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 518143
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8500 to 13000 ft.); moist areas, bogs, stream banks, subalpine meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial up 6 to 10 inches tall at high altitudes, up to 2 feet at lower elevations; one or rarely 2 or 3 stout, grooved, hairless stems.
Leaves: Thick, fleshy and often lobed, lanceolate to ovate; lower leaves petiolate and up to 3 inches long; upper leaves much smaller and clasping.
Inflorescence: Tight cluster of a few to several composite heads, up to 1-1/2 inches across; 8 to 13 yellow to orange rays with indented tips; dark orange disk florets; green phyllaries with dark red tips.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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