Montana Outdoors

June 18, 2009


Back in May I posted some photos of the Prairie smoke (or Old-Man’s Whiskers) in bloom. They make quite a transformation when they go to seed.

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke


  1. I went back and compared the two sets of photos, yes, quite the transformation. Sort of like it’s bonnet came off and “boing!” a bad-hair day! Nice shots.


    Comment by Cedar — June 19, 2009 @ 3:44 am

    • It took a long time before I realized the two “looks” were the same plant.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  2. That is an amazing flower! I love it!


    Comment by Cherry Blossom — June 19, 2009 @ 7:11 am

  3. This is another one of those flowers with a very apt name.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 19, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    • I agree. I wish that someone with a little more understanding and a lot more imagination had named most of them!


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  4. You mean Lambstongue Ragwort doesn’t tug at your heartstrings? 🙂

    Beautiful photos – I’ve only seen Prairie Smoke once before – it’s uncommon in the Sierras here.


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — June 19, 2009 @ 9:51 am

    • Or “bastard toad-flax”.

      There are plenty here but I think they are generally overlooked.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  5. Wow! Those are gorgeous! Never heard of them!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — June 19, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    • They don’t get much attention for some reason. Perhaps their rather subtle combination of colors doesn’t permit them to stand out.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 6:04 pm

  6. I’ve never seen Prairie Smoke before. How neat, wicked and lovely at the same time. I like the name for this too, Prairie Smoke.


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 19, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

  7. Those are so cool! I’ve never seen them before! Awesome captures!


    Comment by Stacey — June 19, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    • The seed heads do stimulate the imagination, don’t they!


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

  8. Aren’t these cool?! I have some in my garden now 😉 Great captures you’ve made and shown us here!


    Comment by Tabbie — June 19, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

    • I bet they’re pretty in a garden! Perhaps I’ll try to transplant a couple.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

  9. If you didn’t tell me, there was no way I would guess those to were the same. Amazing.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — June 19, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

    • There’s another one that has a dramatic change too, the blue clematis: I’ll try to catch the seed heads on them in a few weeks.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

  10. In this case “gone to seed” is an attractive condition! Great close-ups!


    Comment by Maureen — June 19, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

    • It is! I have little hope though that when I have “gone to seed” that I’ll be that attractive.


      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

  11. never seen anything like these. glad you put the link back to the original photo as well. fun to see both


    Comment by silken — June 20, 2009 @ 9:49 am

    • I’ll try to remember to do comparisons on others as well.


      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

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