Friends of Kootenay Blog

Access stories and photos about the natural and human history of Kootenay National Park and Columbia Valley Includes highlights about the Friends of Kootenay National Park activities and programs.


What’s Up - Townsendia hookeri

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 This red listed plant for British Columbia is an appropriate post on May 18 as it is “Endangered Species Day”
Photo by Larry Halverson


It is called Low Townsendia because it is only about one inch high.

This almost stemless plant would go unnoticed if it wasn’t for the large white to pink ray flowers surrounding the yellow disk. It blooms in early spring on dry hillsides in the southern end of Kootenay National Park and also been found at Kootenae House National Historic Site. This year the flowers were noticed on April 29 however they have been recorded in previous years as early as April 10.

For more information go to E-Flora BC