Mertensia lanceolata (Foothills Mertensia)
Boraginaceae (Borage)
The common name Foothills Mertensia is somewhat misleading, as this species occurs up to alpine elevations. The growth form of this species is highly variable. The first photo is typical of plants found in the foothills, while the second photo shows a plant at subalpine elevation.

Vegetation zone:  Foothills, Montane, Subalpine, Alpine  (5000 - 14,000 ft.)
Time of bloom:  April - August
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers