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Words to describe 2017's bloom of beargrass include phenomenal, prolific, and astonishing. For lower elevations, this will be one of the last weekends to get out and see it. Rogers pass, the Seeley/Swan Valleys and West Glacier are all great spots.
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Blooms of this magnitude do not happen every year. A common myth suggests that it happens every seven years, but is not true. Rather it is ideal climatic and soil moisture conditions, like this year's abundant snowfall and spring rains, that make for exceptional blooms. On average every 5 to 10 years do the ideal conditions make for such an amazing show like we have this year.
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While actually not a grass at all, beargrass is more closely related to the lily family. Bears like to den in the plant's grass like leaves.
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Words to describe 2017's bloom of beargrass include phenomenal, prolific, and astonishing. For lower elevations, this will be one of the last weekends to get out and see it. Rogers pass, the Seeley/Swan Valleys and West Glacier are all great spots. <br />
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Blooms of this magnitude do not happen every year. A common myth suggests that it happens every seven years, but is not true. Rather it is ideal climatic and soil moisture conditions, like this year's abundant snowfall and spring rains, that make for exceptional blooms. On average every 5 to 10 years do the ideal conditions make for such an amazing show like we have this year.<br />
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While actually not a grass at all, beargrass is more closely related to the lily family. Bears like to den in the plant's grass like leaves.