Montana Outdoors

July 1, 2008

Mock Orange

Mock Orange, or more properly, “Lewis’ Mockorange” is now brightening up the hillsides in western Montana. From many, many years ago I clearly remember my Mother’s joy at seeing these beautiful blossoms in early summer.

Lewis’ Mockorange, philadelphus lewisii

Lewis' Mockorange

Lewis' Mockorange

Lewis' Mockorange

Lewis' Mockorange

Mockorange in USDA NRS Plant Guide


  1. Enjoy the fragrance! Ours were blooming about three weeks ago when the windstorms came through and stripped all the blossoms off the branches. I love the look and the scent of Philadelphus lewisii…your mother had good reason to be happy at seeing these large bushes bloom each year. Nice photos!


    Comment by Tabbie — July 1, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Oh my, they are a gorgeous sight. Too bad they can’t be “scratch and sniff” on my computer screen. 🙂


    Comment by Bo — July 1, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

  3. Tabbie,

    I was out waking this evening and as I passed one of these, the fragrance was very strong and thoroughly enjoyable.


    Comment by montucky — July 1, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

  4. Bo,

    They are a pretty sight, adding large patches of white to the green hillsides. Yes, it would be nice to have “virtual fragrance”, wouldn’t it?


    Comment by montucky — July 1, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  5. Lovely…I love flowers, and it’s always fascinating to see all these species that I never get to see near this side of the world 🙂


    Comment by Sumedh — July 1, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  6. What beautiful flowers and great photos.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — July 1, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  7. Ok, I don’t see much orange. Am I missing something? Or can I now call my dandelions “Mock Purples?” Or my geraniums “Mock Blues?”

    I admit, they’re pretty, though.


    Comment by wolf — July 1, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

  8. Sumedh,

    I enjoy seeing other flowers, too. It’s also interesting to see how they have specifically adapted to their locations.


    Comment by montucky — July 2, 2008 @ 8:00 am

  9. Nouveaufauves,

    These individual blossoms are 2 – 3 inches across and the bushes get to be over 10 feet tall. They make quite a statement on the hillsides.


    Comment by montucky — July 2, 2008 @ 8:02 am

  10. wolf,

    I think that would be great for Dandelions: they might generate a new level of respect.


    Comment by montucky — July 2, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  11. Beautiful blooms you have captured here Terry, great work !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 3, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  12. These seem very “friendly” to me as I come across them on a hillside or along a trail as I did this morning. They’re cheerful and fragrant and make me feel good.


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

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