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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

Colorado State Flower and State Bird

Colorado  State Flower and Bird

Lark Bunting ~ Calamospiza melanocorys
Flying in from Mexico and Louisiana by the hundreds, the Lark Buntings arrive with the females in their striped brown plumage and the breeding males in gleaming black. The rear ranks of birds flutter continuously to the front, and the entire assembly rolls over the greening land like some marvelous wheel. The splendid male often sings in flight, rocketing upward. The female, however, is less exuberant than her male counterpart, and is content to sit and incubate her nest of pale blue eggs.

Rocky Mountain Columbine ~ Aquilegia coerulea
As legend has it, long ago in Rome when someone saw the quaintly-shaped, five-spurred Columbine, his lively imagination pictured five little doves perched on the rim of a dish feeding together, so he named the flower columbina, from the Latin columba, meaning "dove." The five petals form funnels, each ending in a slender, upward-curving spur. These spurs contain nectar, and short-tongued insects sometimes nip holes in them to collect the sweet juice. Columbines grow wild in many places, and many varieties of different colors are cultivated in gardens.

From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. Stamps issued July 24, 1992:

Colorado State Flower and Bird
Colorado Wildflower - Moss Campion Art from the 50-stamp series, State Birds and Flowers, issued April 14, 1982 simultaneously in all state capitals.
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