This low, mat forming, little dainty flower is one of the most fragrant and has always been one of my favorite spring time flowers. One of the first to pop out, it is a very tough little bugger, often growing on high, windblown ridges and amongst rocks and in craggy nooks and crannies. It's sometimes white, lilac, purple, or almost blue. I've also seen it with a tinge of pink.
On a calm, sunny day a horse ride through a patch of this colorful carpeting will fill your nostrils with a very sweet perfume like you've not smelled before.
It always makes me smile. Also my dog Bojangles likes to roll in it (this is the same dog that likes to roll around on dryer sheets).
The photo is from just outside of Cody, Wyoming where Sam and I did some hiking early this spring. The stuff was all over up there and is just now getting to it's peak of bloom here in Bondurant.