Montana Outdoors

June 10, 2007

Wildflowers this evening

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 10:10 pm

At the start of a walk this evening I noticed the seed heads of the Goatsbeard (milkweed) are already forming.

Goatsbeard - seeds

What a contrast to their blossoms of less than two weeks ago!


And I noticed a splash of color on a plant about 18 inches tall that doesn’t seem to mind using both blue and red. (To avoid costly therapy, I’m not even going to attempt to identify it.)

Unknown wildflower

(A closer look)


So much for an evening’s walk!



  1. nice! interesting plant there at the bottom (blue and red)


    Comment by skouba — June 11, 2007 @ 9:32 am

  2. That flower is goregous… it looks a little like your sticky geranium but that’s without looking or anything. Your right it didn’t seem shy about casting out fabulous colors! Even the stems seem intreresting! Those are great shots too!

    It’s amazing the changes these guys go thru. I was going to go there with the huckleberry bushes by late fall – them after winter, then spring, then with the flowers then with the berries. Doing it with the goatsbeard is a great idea. It’s so wild what these guys can do! That first shot is so fabulous! The size of these are huge in comparision to the little dandilion (which most people are more familiar with) when they go to seed. Thanks for sharing that!


    Comment by aullori — June 11, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  3. Thanks skouba. I’ll track that plant down sooner or later. I’m really curious about it. Those are unusual colors.


    Comment by montucky — June 11, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

  4. aullori,

    I’ll be interested in seeing the huckleberry transitions. I really liked the photo of that plant that you posted earlier. I checked some of the huckleberries today on a wood cutting trip. Look like they have lots of berries this year, at least so far. The last few years they have been sparse. Had just enough in the freezer for a rhubarb and huckleberry pie though!


    Comment by montucky — June 11, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

  5. Great photos, Montucky! I like the contrast of the milkweed in flower & in seed – both very pretty in their own, very different, ways.

    Your lovely blue flower looks very much like a Polemonium of some sort (that’s the genus name – it’s in the Phlox family). Whatever it is, it’s quite a nice flower!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — June 12, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  6. Thanks Adam! I’ve put the Polemonium on my list of things to pursue further. I like the combination of blues and red.


    Comment by montucky — June 12, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

  7. the blue flower on the bottom is called Patterson’s Curse, it is a weed here is Australia, and it kills horses and sheep. it has tiny hairs that get stuck in your skin, they take 7 years to erradicate as the seed can keep growing over that period of time. they are a curse here in Australia, very pretty but what a pain.


    Comment by joann — July 6, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    • I have since found that it is Viper’s Bugloss, (Echium vulgare), Blueweed, Borage family and most of the US also considers it an invasive plant although I haven’t read that it is toxic to horses or sheep.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

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