Great Plains Yucca (Yucca glauca)

Great Plains Yucca (Yucca glauca), also know as soapweed and Spanish Bayonet, was used by Native Americans and early settlers to create soap from its roots along with needles, sandals, rope, and paintbrushes from its leaves. Continue reading “Great Plains Yucca (Yucca glauca)”

Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)

Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) lives at 4,500 to 10,000 feet in dry, sunny environments and, specifically, in clay soils of the plains and foothills geographic zones. It can grow to be five to seven feet tall. Flowers are yellow and clustered in groups of four to six. Continue reading “Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)”

Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Rocky mountain ponderosa pine can be found at elevations ranging from 5,000 and 9,000 feet. It can grow to be between 15 and 45 meters (150 feet) tall, 400 years old, and have seed cones 7.0 cm in length; which are the biggest seed cones in Colorado. Continue reading “Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)”