Denver Botanic Gardens to spotlight Colorado's endangered plants

DENVER - People talk about endangered animals a lot – we love all panda bears, don’t we?

But what gets far less attention are the endangered and threatened plants in the world. And there are some right here in Colorado, Denver Botanic Gardens said.

Colorado has nine threatened plant species, seven endangered and two that are candidates to be put on the federal list. And of those 18 plant species, 13 are found only in Colorado.

That’s why Denver Botanic Gardens staff will be answering questions about Denver’s endangered plant species May 18 and 19, from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Science Pyramid.

They’ll be discussing the plants’ appearances, habitats and the threats they face, as well as what the Research & Conservation Department does to watch and protect these plants.

One example is that staff take measurements every summer for endangered and threatened plants to see if there’s any population change. In 2015, more than 48,000 measurements were taken of rare and dwindling plants.

If you’re interested in learning more, this event is part of museum general admission, no reservations needed.

Tickets are $12.50 for an adult, $9.50 for seniors and military, $9 for students and children ages 3 to 15. Members and children age 2 and younger get in free.

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