Montana Outdoors

July 3, 2008

Xerophyllum tenax

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:58 pm

No other plant resembles Beargrass, Xerophyllum tenax, but to me its appeal is much more than its uniqueness, its size (up to five feet tall) or its beautiful blossoms, but in where it grows, mostly on open ridge tops in the higher elevations of the northwest. For more than sixty summers I’ve felt a thrill, seeing it bloom in the high country of western Montana.

This sentinel is stationed overlooking Siegel Creek Divide and looks down over the Siegel Creek canyon and the Clark Fork River 10 miles away to the north and twenty miles of Nine Mile Creek to the south.

Common beargrass

This year has not been a good one for beargrass in this immediate area and so I decided to post a few photos of it now and hope to be fortunate enough to encounter a more lavish display as I visit more high country in the next few weeks.

Common beargrass

Common beargrass

Common beargrass

Common beargrass

Common beargrass

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