The “Big Three”
spotted in full bloom throughout the Alpine Garden!
Spring has officially sprung among
the alpine flora of the White Mountains. Diapensia (Diapensia lapponica), Alpine azalea (Loiseleuria procumbens) and Lapland rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum) are among the first to bloom above tree
line and often do so simultaneously.
The tightly matted Diapensia releases
delicate white flowers that tower above tightly packed green leaves.
azalea delivers small, but vividly red buds that morph into rosy pink flowers.
Finally, the Lapland rosebay delivers showy magenta blooms, far larger than
either the Diapensia or Alpine azalea.
Together, these three species paint the
alpine zone a medley of festive spring colors making way for the diverse array
of alpine flowers that will follow throughout the season.
Join us for an upcoming Alpine
garden Tour June 15th and 22nd
All photos taken in the Alpine Garden
Photo Credit: Mitra Karimian, AMC Naturalist Guide