Montana Outdoors

May 15, 2008

Arrowleaf Groundsel

In every place I look, this flower is called something different. The USDA calls it Arrowleaf ragwort Senecio triangularis, a website I use called Montana Plant life calls it Arrowleaf Groundsel Senecio triangularis, a book I use on Wildflowers of the West calls it Western Groundsel. I would prefer to call it Nature’s bouquet.

Arrowleaf Groundsel


  1. Can you share the link for the Montana plant site? I could google it, but by asking you I kill two birds with one stone. 🙂

    Cute and interesting flower, whatever it’s called.


    Comment by Patia — May 16, 2008 @ 1:01 am

  2. Sure, Patia.

    The site is really just a preview of a CD that they have for sale, but there’s still quite a bit of good stuff on the site. I haven’t bought the CD yet.


    Comment by montucky — May 16, 2008 @ 7:53 am

  3. Looks like a wreath, very handsome.


    Comment by Bo — May 16, 2008 @ 9:54 am

  4. I have never had the pleasure (so far) of running into this little plant. I have to completely admit in terms of taking a beautiful shot I think you beat out all of the sources you mentioned above. I’ve seen the flower online but never so beautiful as now. Beautiful shot Terry!


    Comment by aullori — May 16, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  5. Bo, Yes, a wreath. The whole thing is about the size of a dollar, but I like the way it’s arranged.


    Comment by montucky — May 16, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

  6. Lori,

    I have a problem with the photos on many (most) of the online sites. It shouldn’t be that hard to get good, definitive shots of the blossoms and I think it would help folks a lot with identification.


    Comment by montucky — May 16, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  7. Thank you!


    Comment by Patia — May 16, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  8. These are gorgeous flowers. Very nice photo!


    Comment by winterwoman — May 17, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  9. It’s kind of funny: I hike all over, but found this one growing in my back yard where we leave everything natural for the birds.


    Comment by montucky — May 17, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

  10. Actually Terry I agree. It is really hard to see a good shot of a wildflower for the purpose of identification. I think with the new cameras today that’s slowly changing. The site I mentioned earlier this week is already changing and I actually offer them my shots too on a weekly basis. I think your frustrations are the same with many who are attempting to identify these tiny miracles of nature. Because the Burke museum will take ten photos at a time and via email many people are submitting all the time. For Id’ing it’s the best site I’ve seen. Still tho; your shot beat’s the heck out of all I’ve seen online. This is gorgeous.


    Comment by aullori — May 18, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  11. I’ll spend more time on that site, Lori. It really looks good. There are so many plants that I can’t ID that I could spend all my time there!


    Comment by montucky — May 18, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

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