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 - Calypso Orchid

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Calypso Orchid is one of the first Orchids to bloom - Photo by Larry Halverson


Orchids are big, spectacular, delicate flowers that grow in steaming jungles. Well, not quite...

Orchids are tough, exceedingly common flowers that will grow almost anywhere. They comprise one of the largest families of flowering plants with perhaps 15,000 or more species. Twenty of these are found in Kootenay National Park.

This year's wet spring has made it a dandy for wildflowers. So the Friends of Kootenay blog will be highlighting more orchids over the next few weeks.