Montana Outdoors

May 19, 2007

May wild flowers, part 5

Filed under: Environment, Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 1:16 pm

The wild flowers of May are far from completing their blooming cycle. I think Mother Nature spreads out the timing to provide a constant supply of nectar for the hummingbirds and bees and to even out the workload of the insects that are in charge of pollination.

During the past week, the Sticky Geraniums have begun their flower cycle. Fortunately they are very plentiful, because besides providing color to the landscape, they provide food for elk, deer, bear and moose.

Sticky Geranium


Chokecherries have almost finished their flower cycle for this summer, and next they will be heavy with fruit. There’s nothing better than chokecherry syrup, and the berries will be a staple for the bear population until fall.


Goatsbeard, always called milkweed around here, is just starting to blossom. Various Indian tribes considered the coagulated juice to be a remedy for indigestion.


Wild roses have started to bloom in some of the areas of dense brush. They will continue to bloom most of the summer. They are prolific in this part of Montana, and we will have hundreds of them in our little canyon. After they bloom, they are food for the larger birds and small animals such as chipmunks and squirrels.

Wild Rose


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