Montana Outdoors

October 19, 2008

Center stage

Center stage

Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus) turning to Autumn yellow in Spring Creek canyon.


  1. It’s very regal, and the color is lovely too. I’ve read that extracts of this plant are being researched for use in the treatment of some cancers and other diseases. Unfortunately the plant has also suffered steep declines in numbers due to a slow reproduction rate, overharvesting, and the destruction of its habitat.


    Comment by Tabbie — October 19, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  2. It certainly does look like it’s in a spotlight!


    Comment by Cedar — October 19, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  3. Tabbie,

    Yes it’s a little tenuous, growing in only 6 states and in one of those (Wisconsin) it’s listed as “threatened”. I do see it here in several areas, but not really large amounts of it anywhere, mostly in deep narrow canyons where there are cedars.


    Comment by montucky — October 19, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

  4. Cedar,

    There was just a ray of sunlight on it and all around was deep shade. That small plant was visible for a long ways.


    Comment by montucky — October 19, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

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