Montana Outdoors

April 30, 2009

Glacier Lilies

AKA Avalanche-lily, Dogtoothed violet, Erythronium grandiflorum

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

There! Maybe that got them out of my system!


  1. Ahhhhhhh…Awesome!


    Comment by Tabbie — April 30, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

  2. So beautiful, I doubt a hundred photos would get them out of MY system!


    Comment by Bo — April 30, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    • That’s just for the rest of this year. Next spring I’ll be eagerly looking for them again! They are about through blooming at the valley level now, but on a hike today into higher country, they are just blanketing the forest floor up there.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  3. Pretty flowers! 🙂


    Comment by Camilla — May 1, 2009 @ 3:04 am

  4. I have not seen this variety of violet here. I like it!


    Comment by Cedar — May 1, 2009 @ 4:24 am

    • I’ve never been able to figure out where the “Dogtooth violet” name came from. These are actually in the Lily family. I’ve read that the “dogtooth” part is because the white bulb of the plant looks like a dog’s tooth, but “violet” I don’t know.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2009 @ 8:20 am

  5. When you see these lovely flowers you can bet that the snows are diminishing. I remember once seeing Logan Pass ablaze with Avalanche Lily’s, a close relative of the Glacier Lily.


    Comment by Maureen — May 1, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    • Yes, they’re a sure sign that spring has arrived. They were one of my Mother’s favorite wildflowers.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2009 @ 8:53 am

  6. I love glacier lilies! Finally a wild flower I know. I met these when I was tromping around the salmon river area in Idaho 15 or so years ago. Fun!


    Comment by Lillie — May 1, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

  7. bet not! 😉


    Comment by silken — May 1, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

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