These unusual flowers pop up as the snow melts. They lack chlorophyll and derive their energy from dead plant material.
Deep purple flowers arranged in whorls around the upper portion of the stem. There are many members of the penstemon family varying in colors from red, pink, white to blue.
Easily recognized by the palmate leaf resembling fingers of a hand. The flowers are usually blue.
A well known flower growing in moist areas, appreciated for its delicate features.
The showy part of the paintbrush is not the floral petals, but the ragged-edged bracts found below each flower and floral sepals.