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.
The Alpine 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