Linum puberulum or Mesynium puberulum
(Plains Flax)
Family: Linaceae (Flax)
   
Plains Flax is a smaller, less robust plant than the more common Blue Flax, but has similar wiry stems with sparse, narrow leaves. Plains Flax flowers are pale copper-orange with dark red centers. The flowers are sometimes overlooked as they blend with the color of the soil. Stems and leaves of Plains Flax have fine hairs (use a hand lens).

Vegetation zone:  Plains (3900 - 6500 ft.)
Time of bloom:  May - July
Origin:  Native
Eastern Colorado Wildflowers