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Updated by Kaylee Herring on May 02, 2017
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Top 10 Native Colorado Plants

It's a list of all of Colorado's most beautiful native plants

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Colorado Blue Spruce

Colorado Blue Spruce

Habitat-grows from around 7000 - 11,000ft in elevation. It is often found on banks along streams.
It can change from the color blue to green.
This is the state tree of colorado. The roots were used to make medicine and also to make rope.

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Colorado Columbine

Colorado Columbine

Habitat-Montane to sub-alpine areas of the mountains.
The color of this plantag is blue, white, and yellow.
This is the state flower of Colorado.
Interesting fact-when growing his plant it will not grow in the first season you plant it, it will grow in the second.

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Elderberry Bush

Elderberry Bush

Habitat-Grows in open areas in the mountains where there is sufficient moisture.
The berries are red.
It has been used medicinally in other countries to treat the flu, colds, fevers and other ailments. It is a well known diuretic and purgative. Most parts of this plant are mildly poisonous. The flowers are the preferred parts used in treatment. The berries become edible after they are cooked because cooking destroys the toxins.

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Wild Mint

Wild Mint

Habitat-Grows along streams and moist areas usually at higher elevations.
The colored of this plant is green and purple.
It is native to North America. It can be used to make tea and used as a spice. It has a spearmint flavor. Often times you will smell it before you see it while walking along a stream.

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Beehive Cactus

Beehive Cactus

Habitat-Dry areas in the Pinyon and Juniper belt at lower elevations. These were found in fremont county near the Canon City area.
This plant is green with some red.
A very small cactus growing on the ground and easily stepped on. They can be hard to spot because they blend in to the dirt.

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Narrow leaved cottonwood

Narrow leaved cottonwood

Habitat-Along valleys and streams at lower elevations.
The color is green
Interesting fact-The inner bark was eaten by Native Americans. Yellow morel mushrooms are known to grow under this tree in the spring.

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Rocky Mountain maple

Rocky Mountain maple

Habitat-Mountains and Foothills in moist areas. There are fairly frequent from 8000 - 10,000f
The color is a light green
Interesting fact-A small deciduous tree. Native Americans used maple for tool handles as it is very durable.

8

Wood Strawberry

Wood Strawberry

Habitat-On the ground, in the woods in shady areas.
This plant has green leaves and red berries.
Interesting fact-Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C. Wild strawberries are very small compared to domestic varieties.

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Prickly lettuce

Prickly lettuce

Habitat-Originally from Europe but grows where ever there's a place to grow.
The color of this plant is a dark green.
Interesting fact-It can be eaten, but it is rather bitter and has spines. It is a close relative to our normal lettuce.

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Blackeyed Susan

Blackeyed Susan

Habitat-Open areas in fields from the plains to mountain meadows
This plant is yellow and green.
Interesting fact-Medicinal teas are made from the roots.