Montana Outdoors

July 2, 2008

The last flowers of June

That I photographed, anyway. (Unless I missed some in the 386 photos I took during the month.)

There seems to be a disagreement between one of my favorite wildflower sites from British Columbia which calls the next flower “False Solomon’s Seal” and the USDA Plants site which calls it “Feathery False Wild Lily of the Valley”. (I’ll stay out of that dispute, but whatever they’re called, these were the prettiest of that species that I’ve seen!)

False Solomon’s Seal, or, False Wild Lily of the Valley, maianthemum racemosum

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon's Seal

This group photo also includes a stalk of Western Groundsel,

False Solomon's Seal

whose seed head looks like this.

Western Groundsel seed head

And the Western Mountain Aster, Symphyotrichum spathulatum.


Western Mountain Aster


  1. I’m guessing wild aster on the unknown…as usual, all photos are as lovely as their subjects. I look forward to every post.


    Comment by Tabbie — July 2, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

  2. Thanks, Tabbie! I’ll check the asters. Maybe I can visit this area again soon and see what it looks like open. I’ve been confined for a while and will be for a few more days because of the fire danger levels and the holiday. I haven’t wanted to get out of pager range until after the 4th.

    I just looked at USDA Plants where there are a gazillion asters, but as luck would have it I tried the Western Mountain Aster (Symphyotrichum spathulatum) and it sure looks like that might be it!


    Comment by montucky — July 2, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  3. Hard to believe June passed so quickly. On to July and lots more photographs. 🙂


    Comment by Bo — July 2, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

  4. I know, Bo! It just suddenly dawned on me it’s July already. Well, here’s to a great summer!


    Comment by montucky — July 2, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  5. On to July. June seemed to pass so quickly.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 3, 2008 @ 11:40 am

  6. Beautiful images Terry, that really doesn’t look like the False Solomon’s seal I have seen around here though.

    But I know how everything is local and what people call different wildflowers is pretty diverse, but they are beautiful !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 3, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

  7. Glad to see you out and about again, Scienceguy! No, June didn’t stay around long!


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

  8. It’s interesting and a little surprising that wildflower names seem to have a very local usage. I tend to want to use USDA Plants as a standard, but I’m entirely sure of their accuracy either.


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  9. Stunning! 😀


    Comment by Sumedh — July 3, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  10. Thanks, Sumedh!


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

  11. I’ve missed lots of photos while I was gone! love the aster, the rosebuds and can see why your mom loved the mockorange! I’ve got some photos I will be trying to post soon…


    Comment by silken — July 3, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  12. It’s good to see you back around, silken! I’ll look forward to your photos!


    Comment by montucky — July 3, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

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