The jagged botanical garden turns purple and blue

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK

It’s the daffodils that have been getting all the press at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden lately, with the launch of Wood River Valley’s first Daffodil Festival.

But there are plenty of other reasons to visit the garden right now, especially given the intermittent snowfall that characterized spring this year.

Several other flowers provide plenty of color, and the greenhouse is full of lush lemons, orange trees, and bakery flowers.











Snow stars are called Glory of the Snow flowers by some.




Among the flowers you can see at the moment:

Pasque Flower—This voluptuous, purple flower is any of 4 species of perennial plants native to meadows and grasslands in North America, Europe, and Asia. It takes its name from “pesach”, the Hebrew word for Passover, a nod to the fact that it blooms around Easter and Passover.

It is also known as Easter Flower, Wind Flower, Prairie Crocus, and Meadow Anemone.

It is poisonous so elk avoid munching on it. It is however used in homeopathy for tension headaches, hyperactivity insomnia, asthma, migraines, neuralgia and disorders of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts.








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The purple-flowered Sedum ground cover is in the northwest corner of the greenhouse.




The snow star, according to the garden’s executive director, Jen Smith, is a pretty, delicate purple flower that greets all comers at the entrance to the garden near the greenhouse. Some call them Glory of the Snow flowers. And they provide a welcome sight after a long winter since 1878. And they are creature proof.

Siberian squill blooms early in the spring while others are just beginning to emerge.

Another dark purple flower is the sedum ground cover with purple flowers. Experts say there are between 400 and 500 different species of sedum. The leaves store water and the plants make excellent ground covers.








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These lemons are growing in the greenhouse, along with figs.













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Siberian grains bloom early in the spring when other flowers begin to emerge.




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