Some more images, this is from May 31, 2011; At this time, snow has receded from most of the open areas at this site (still near the Athabasca Glacier) though there were still some snowbanks around and melt pools. The Arctous is at various stages of emergence, none fully leafed out, but some quite advanced, others just starting. Flowering appears to start before the leaves, and continues with young leaves. I believe this species can have above ground stems or underground, I haven't noticed above ground stems here, but I have not dug into the leaf litter..Here's an album with more photos, showing other plants in the area etc..https://picasaweb.google.com/111492944361897930115/AlbertaRockyMountains...
1 shows part of my shoes, giving some scale..2 with Dryas and Hedysarum3 flowers4 large patch with flowers5 flowering plants6 large patch with flowers7 with fancy rock8 flowering plants9 flowering plants
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Seems to be a barren landscape! I like it. Nice rocks too ;)
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
This section is around the moraines not too far from the glacier(though still at least many decades out of the ice); the heaviest plant cover is in the sheltered areas between ridges, and the Arctous is mostly on these flats - not always in the most sheltered places, but not on the sides or tops of the piles of rock, gravel etc. These shots show some of the more isolated patches, but they do also grow with Dryas, Salix, Arctostaphylos etc and some forbs grow through the Arctous- notably Anemone parviflora as I have shown elsewhere.Yes, the rocks and gravel are still very prominent in this landscape, one of the things I like about it :)