West Chilcotin offers a surprising diversity in wildflowers considering
the cold winter temperatures. Flowers growing in the high alpine
gain a foothold among rocks, gullies and streambeds where they
are protected from wind and gather the maximum amount of reflected
heat to be found at elevations of 6000 feet and up. Their growing
season is short, so they must put on leaves, flower, and drop
seed in the space of a few short months, usually from the middle
of June to the middle
of August. Because of the short growing season, most of the flowers
bloom at the same time, creating an
incredible carpet of color in high mountain valleys in the shadow
of glaciers and snowcapped peaks.
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