|Trollius laxus v. laxus at Denver Botanic Gardens|
|Trollius dzungharicus in the Tian Shan Mts., Kazakhstan|
|Saxifraga flagellaris on the Tian Shan above Almaty, Kazakhstan|
You can imagine my surprise when I found this whipcord saxifrage, which looks almost identical to what one finds twelve time zones away in the Colorado Rockies, growing in almost the same sorts of conditions!
|Dryas octopetala on Horseshoe Mt., Colorado|
|Dryas oxydonta on the Tian Shan|
This is the brilliant blue alpine geranium of the Tian Shan. It has an electric blue flower...
|Geranium regelii on the Tian Shan, Kazakhstan|
|Geranium fremontii on South Park, Colorado|
|Gentiana algida in Colorado|
|Gentiana algida in the Altai Mts. of Kazakhstan|
|Androsace chamaejasme v. carinata on Pikes Peak|
|Androsace akbaitralensis on the Tian Shan, Kazakhstan|
|Primula xanthobasis on the Mongolian Altai Mountains|
|Primula ellisiae (from New Mexico) in my trough garden|
Primula specuicola near Moab, April
|Angelica turkestanica on the Tian Shan mts., Kazakhstan|
|Angelica grayi on Horseshoe Mt., Colorado|
The list of twins such as this could go on for hundreds of pages and not begin to exhaust the botanical twins that can be found in the Continental Western United States and then again on its steppe-sister climates of Central Asia....each year I suddenly notice a new brace of these, and am glad to be able share this!