Montana Outdoors

May 24, 2009


Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 1:41 am

There are lots of plants around that look similar to me and since I am not adept at identification anyway, they make me very confused. Here are some photos and attempted ID’s.

Wild lily of the valley

Wild lily of the valley

Starry false lily of the valley,
Wild lily of the valley
False solomonseal
Maianthemum stellatum

Feathery false lily of the valley

Feathery false lily of the valley
Maianthemum racemosum

Dwarf Ginseng

Dwarf Ginseng
Panax trifolius
Ginseng family
 (Just a guess because it isn’t supposed to grow in western Montana.) 


  1. Very nice series, terry. But I really like the way the flowers are cradled in the leaves in that first image. That is just about perfect!


    Comment by edvatza — May 24, 2009 @ 3:02 am

    • I liked that immediately when I saw it too Ed. They have pretty leaves.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  2. I really like how the wildflowers are composed and the detail. The last photo, Dwarf Ginseng, is very interesting with the knobby ends. Very nice series.


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 24, 2009 @ 6:45 am

    • The temptation with these is to take a bazillion shots. They are all slightly different and as soon as you leave one group you see another one. Fun though!


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  3. Oh Great! Like I wasn’t confused enough!

    Excellent shots!


    Comment by Pinhole — May 24, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    • I know Pinhole. I spend a lot of time in a confused state. There are all kind of variations on these basic plants and it would take a real expert to tell species from species I think. I just enjoy them!


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2009 @ 9:05 am

  4. Did you know that American Ginseng is in great demand over in China and that in the eastern US there are “sang hunters” that make a huge profit selling it to exporters? (Reminds me of the morel harvesters in W MT).


    Comment by Maureen — May 24, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

    • Yes, I’ve read about the “sang hunters”. The only civil thing I can say about the Morel harvesters is that I haven’t seen any of them this year.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  5. I really like that last shot.


    Comment by Cedar — May 24, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    • That’s the only plant of its kind that I’ve seen. It has beautiful leaves and the little cluster of pure white blossoms can be seen at a distance.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

  6. Great shots Terry, can’t ID them all but the last one doesn’t look like the Dwarf Ginseng from around here, but that could because it may be a little different out there !!

    Nice work !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 25, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

    • I only guessed at Dwarf Ginseng. I’ll keep trying for an ID.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  7. There’s a group on Flickr called “ID Please” I’ve found them very helpful whenever I cannot ID a plant or bird. When it comes to these types of white flowers, I’m afraid I’m even more confused than you profess yourself to be! Lovely photos!


    Comment by Victoria — June 3, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    • I’ve used that group in the past too with rather mixed results, but I’m collecting a whole group that I call “the whuzzits” and when I have the time I’ll try to ID them or get help doing so. A friend recently got me a book on wildflowers in this area and it’s already becoming quite useful. Now I need to impose the discipline to learn how to use it.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

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