Find out where to see the iconic Glacier bloom at its best and before it's gone.
It’s been a banner year for beargrass in the Glacier National Park area. Some would call this a ‘landmark year’ for the iconic Glacier Park bloom.
A member of the lily family (and not actually a grass), beargrass blooms at different times and in different places every year. It’s native to Montana, but can also been seen in subalpine meadows of the Pacific Northwest, and from Alberta to California.
Some years, beargrass is nearly impossible to find. Other years, like this one, it seems to be everywhere.
Some say each beargrass plant blooms once every eight years—that each plant is on a different eight-year schedule, the story goes, so there’s almost always some blooms. Glacier National Park scientists, however, say the beargrass can bloom whenever climatic conditions are ideal, not necessarily every eight years.
Either way, 2017 is proving to be a massive year for beargrass.
Some quick facts about beargrass:
Favorite places to see Beargrass: