Early summer is prime time for viewing one of New Hampshire's crown jewels, the botanical bonanza of blooming wildflowers on exposed alpine peaks of the White Mountains. One particularly good place to view this special show is in the Alpine Garden on Mt. Washington. The plants and flowers are small and fragile, but the colors can be spectacular and the scenery is unparalleled. Enjoy!

Alpine tundra system on Mt. Madison (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Early summer in the alpine tundra system of the Presidential Range in northern NH.

Rhododendron lapponicum (Lappland rosebay) in bloom in the alpine zone in June (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)  Salix uva-ursi (a dwarf willow) in flower on Mt. Madison in June (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Lappland rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum) and a dwarf willow (Salix uva-ursi)
in bloom in the alpine zone on Mt. Madison in June.

Diapensia (Diapensia lapponica) on Mt. Washington (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Diapensia (Diapensia lapponica) on Mt. Washington.

Loiseleuria procumbens (alpine azalea) in bloom on Mt. Washington in June (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Alpine azalea (Loiseleuria procumbens) in bloom on Mt. Washington in June.

Bigelow's sedge (Carex bigelowii) along the Nelson Crag Trail in June (photo by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Bigelow's sedge (Carex bigelowii) along the Nelson Crag Trail in June.

(photos by Ben Kimball for NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

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