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July Flowering in the Alps


By siris


July in the Alps brings clear warm days and an abundance of wild life.
Views of the surrounding country side from the orientation plaque at 2702 metres.

The Marmots bring out their young to play, but are very wary, keeping sentries on the look out for Eagles, Ravens, Lammergeiers and other predictors.

It knows we are here,

So it’s time to move on to look at the flora.

Masses of Vanilla Orchid (Nigritella nigra) and Dactylorhiza

Lilium martagon, growing in the shade of Larches.

So many different species all trying to set seed before the end of the summer, vying for attention

Various species of Gentian, lutea- the giant yellow, not in flower on this side of the valley, punctata- smaller, just coming into flower, and of course the blues acaulis, nivalis, verna.

There are so many different species of similar looking Primula and Gentian that it is difficult to tell apart, even with the help of my Fleurs des montages identification book, but Trolius is easier to recognise from our gardens.
Growing in the damp margins of streams, like the one below.

Another easily recognised is the classic Alpine flower, the Edelweiss (neither clean nor white, as the song goes!)

Here is just a selection of other plants in flower, some you might recognise.
I have listed as best I can from left to right, top to bottom
1. Viola calcarata. 2.Pimpinella major?
3. Centaurea alpestris 4.Sempervivum arachnoideum 5.Aster alpinus 6.Sempervivum 7. Geranium pratense ssp. 8. ? growing through a Myrtille bush with a tiny Polygonatum viviparum.

And some you probably won’t. Downward, then from left to right.
1.Linum alpinum 2.Pedicularis sp. with Potentilla
3. Campanula sp. 4. Bartsia alpina, a semi parasitic plant that looks somewhat like a salvia. 5. Silene vlugaris
6. Lotus alpinus 7.Campanula sp. 8.Rhinanthus aristatus, another semi parasitic plant in alpine meadows.

I thought these little plants deserved to be admired by themselves, growing at over 2500 m in uninviting rocky ground.

Callianthemum coriandrifolium?
Pulsatilla alpina
Saxifraga sp.

Linaria alpina.

Papaver occidentale? (4 petals) one of my favourites along with Sodanella and Pinguicula, all of which are strongly protected.

Back at sea level now, so South of England flora to follow.

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How beautiful! What an amazing place to visit. Thank you for sharing.

24 Jul, 2017


A glorious collection of photos and information about these beautiful alpine plants.

25 Jul, 2017


Thank you Karen, we visited after our stay in the Rhone valley, totally different, like Spring in the Alps.
Thanks, Wildrose, I took loads of photos, these are only a selection.

25 Jul, 2017


Siris, thank you for those lovely photos. It's years since I saw wild flowers in the Alps.

I do like Gentians and that Linaria Alpina.

Hope you post more images.

25 Jul, 2017


Funny you should say that Sue, as I have a friend who has gone there in late spring for a few years, but this year it was 38C in June. Far too hot!

25 Jul, 2017


Spectacular plants and photo's, thank you for sharing them with those of us not likely to go out and see them.
Such perfection in miniature, growing so perfectly without the hand of man. We spend so much time trying to emulate nature and not succeeding! How many people who do go would spend time admiring the big picture and overlook these little gems?

26 Jul, 2017


So many flowers and so delicate too.

26 Jul, 2017


Beautugul srray of flowers love the red one 6th photo how cute those Marmots wonderful scenery.

26 Jul, 2017


Many of the plants are so specific in their requirements, mainly not being wet overwinter. Snow acts as a good insulator, the melt in Spring drains rapidly thought the scree.

26 Jul, 2017


Wow what a stunning place to visit, I love the cute Marmots and all those glorious flowers, thankyou for taking the time to name them, lovely photo's Siris....

26 Jul, 2017


What a wonderful place - easy to see why you go back there!
How could you choose a favourite? I think I would have needed a tranquilliser...

27 Jul, 2017


Marvellous and interesting blog thank you.

28 Jul, 2017


Wonderful blog, thank you.

28 Jul, 2017


Very interesting ! There's nothing better than seeing plants growing in their natural environment :)

28 Jul, 2017


Thank you, not only beautiful flowers to see, but exercise as well, keeps the body and mind active.
The photos were taken over 3 different walks, on different days, all sunny though.

28 Jul, 2017


Loved every photo !! plants, butterflies and marmots thanks for showing us .

30 Jul, 2017


There were so many of those brown butterflies on that particular plant, dozens of them. Are they Brown Ringlets? Found in mountainous areas of Central Europe.

30 Jul, 2017

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