Montana Outdoors

June 8, 2009

Queen’s cup

Several years ago the local Ranger District, in their infinite wisdom, decided to abandon the trail that followed TeePee Creek below Big Hole Peak near the southeast end of the Cabinet Mountains and at the same time demolished the short road leading to the trail head.

I sometimes go there anyway and last night while hiking through the mess that used to be the access road I stumbled upon this flower that I had never seen before. It seems to like the dense forest shade just above the creek bottom on the north-facing slope. With its golden stamens forming a crown over the pure white cup-shaped blossom, this flower seems to be well named.

Queen's cup

Queen's cup

Queen's cup

AKA Bride’s Bonnet,
Clintonia uniflora
Lily family

Found only in AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, AB, BC

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