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072609CrestedButteWildflowersMP163.The Colorado General Assembly

SHOT 7/27/09 7:35:17 PM - Wildflowers in bloom in summertime along the Lower Loop Trail system in Crested Butte, Co. The oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, syn. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum), also known as the marguerite, is a widespread flowering plant native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia. It is one of a number of plants to be called by the common name daisy. It is also sometimes called moon daisy or dog daisy. The oxeye daisy is a typical meadow flower, growing in a variety of plant communities such as dry fields and meadows, but also under scrubs, open-canopy forests, and waste places. It thrives in a wide range of conditions and prefers heavy and damp soils. It was introduced in parts of North America, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is now a common weed displacing native plant species in some areas. It is difficult to control or eradicate, since a new plant can regenerate from rhizome fragments. A former coal mining town now called "the last great Colorado ski town", Crested Butte is a destination for skiing, mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. The population was 1,529 at the 2000 census. The Colorado General Assembly has designated Crested Butte the wildflower capital of Colorado. A wildflower (or wild flower) is a flower that grows wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted.(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)

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SHOT 7/27/09 7:35:17 PM - Wildflowers in bloom in summertime along the Lower Loop Trail system in Crested Butte, Co. The oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, syn. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum), also known as the marguerite, is a widespread flowering plant native to Europe and the temperate regions of Asia. It is one of a number of plants to be called by the common name daisy. It is also sometimes called moon daisy or dog daisy. The oxeye daisy is a typical meadow flower, growing in a variety of plant communities such as dry fields and meadows, but also under scrubs, open-canopy forests, and waste places. It thrives in a wide range of conditions and prefers heavy and damp soils. It was introduced in parts of North America, Australia, and New Zealand, where it is now a common weed displacing native plant species in some areas. It is difficult to control or eradicate, since a new plant can regenerate from rhizome fragments. A former coal mining town now called "the last great Colorado ski town", Crested Butte is a destination for skiing, mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. The population was 1,529 at the 2000 census. The Colorado General Assembly has designated Crested Butte the wildflower capital of Colorado. A wildflower (or wild flower) is a flower that grows wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted.(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2009)