Posted by: flycoyote | November 3, 2009

Flowers of the Arctic

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Arctic Lupine

Flowers of the Arctic

A floral  journey through  the wilderness.

In June of 2009, My family did a backpacking trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is located in the north eastern side of Alaska.  We did a nine day backpacking trip on Baseline Creek of the Kongakut River drainage.

My sister,  my mom and I  took pictures of all the flowers we saw, for a few reasons: first because  we did not have a good flower book, second because books are heavy and third because we wanted to.

Here are all the flowers that we were able to name: The Arctic Lupine ,Lupinus arcticus; Mountain Avens or  8 pedaled Avens  all go by the same scientific  name Dryas octopetala; Bog rosemary, Andromeda polifoliaery; Arctic Poppy, Papaver lapponicum; Mountain Harebell, Campanula lasiocarpa; Weasel Snout,  Lagotis glauca ssp. Minor; Alpine Hawk’s beard, Crepis nana which is going to bloom into yellow flowers.

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Mountain Avens in the Arctic

In Coldfoot  Alaska, were we live in the summer, Avens grow in huge round groups on the gravel bars.

Bog Rosemary is a very poisonous plant.

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Arctic poppy


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Bog Rosemaryy

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Bog Rosemary

Our Crew


  1. nice writing Brem & Day, good photos! looking forward to read some more about your adventures!

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