Montana Outdoors

April 17, 2009

Smallflower Woodland-star

While I was wandering around today this pretty little specimen of a Smallflower Woodland-star caught my eye.

Smallflower Woodland-star

(Lithophragma parviflorum)


  1. I soooo love this!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — April 17, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    • They’re tiny, but they sure are pretty, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

  2. That’s an unusual good looking flower, or maybe just a good photo.


    Comment by rvewong — April 17, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    • They are pretty flowers. Very small though, and often overlooked.


      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  3. What a beautiful picture. I just love how red and fuzzy the buds are, and then out pops this pure white blossom.


    Comment by Lillie — April 17, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

    • Thanks Lillie. The red – white combination is very pleasing to my eye too.


      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  4. Oh they are so perfect and beautiful! I agree with Lillie…the red fuzzy buds perfectly compliment the wonderfully lobed white flower petals, and the tiny yellow anthers complete the elegance. Good things really do come in small packages!


    Comment by Tabbie — April 17, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

    • They do have a lot tucked into their tiny world, don’t they! Each of the white blossoms is approximately 1/4 inch across. I always wonder why such a small thing puts on such a display. I’m sure it’s functional for some reason, but very aesthetic as well.


      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  5. It’s beautiful. I’ve never seen it before, I don’t think we have those in Norway…


    Comment by Camilla — April 18, 2009 @ 4:27 am

    • I look at a site by the U.S. Department of Agriculture about plants to see distribution for wildflowers, but they show only North America. The distribution of the Woodland-star is just in 13 of the far west states and 3 Canadian provinces.

      I will look forward to your photos of plants in your area, Camilla!


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:32 am

  6. i thought it would be what we commonly call the “star flower” here in the northeast. But this is entirely different! How beautiful. When the star flowers bloom I’ll get a pic to share.


    Comment by Cedar — April 18, 2009 @ 5:26 am

    • If your starflower is this one Cedar, I’ve not seen one: it’s distribution misses Montana. I’ll look forward to your pictures!


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:37 am

  7. How perfectly beautiful Montucky.


    Comment by connie — April 18, 2009 @ 7:19 am

    • They are pretty! As you may have already noticed, I’m in love with wildflowers.


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:40 am

  8. This is truly a gem of a flower and a gem of a photo. Beautiful.


    Comment by Maureen — April 18, 2009 @ 7:48 am

    • Thanks Maureen. These don’t get nearly the attention that I think they deserve!


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  9. How very pretty and delicate. I bet the Woodland-star are tough wildflowers, though. Very nice capture. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — April 18, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    • They are delicate, but survive some harsh conditions. They also grow in great numbers, which I’m sure adds to their success.


      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  10. The dark background makes this flower really stand out.


    Comment by Preston Surface — April 19, 2009 @ 12:01 am

  11. Oh wow, that’s a spectacular *photograph* of a beautiful flower!! I wonder if I’ll get to see those when I get home.


    (I’m having a good time back East, though I’ve been in the city pretty much the whole time.)


    Comment by gradschoolsara — April 19, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    • I’m pretty sure some of these will still be around. Glad to see you’re having a good time back there!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  12. I can see how it caught your eye. very velvety looking in the photo


    Comment by silken — April 25, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    • They’re tiny, but the white is striking and they are one of the first to bloom, so they get a big welcome!


      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

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