Montana Outdoors

July 6, 2009


I’ve been ignoring these little things and have been remiss in doing so: when seen up close they are very pretty!

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes

Rosy pussytoes,
Antennaria microphylla


  1. Oh, they are really pretty. And, of course, I’ve never heard of these either. Are they furry like pussy willows?


    Comment by Candace — July 7, 2009 @ 12:03 am

    • These are quite small and generally overlooked. They are more dense than pussy willows.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 8:46 am

  2. Here’s another new one for me Montucky! I especially like that last shot.


    Comment by Cedar — July 7, 2009 @ 4:23 am

    • They are native only to the western US and Canada for some reason.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 8:49 am

  3. Oooh I love these!


    Comment by Tabbie — July 7, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    • I do too, Tabbie. I think lots of people miss them because unless you look at them very closely they don’t appear to be flowers.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 9:18 am

  4. Nice! I never know what treasures I’ll find when I stop by for a visit.



    Comment by knightofswords — July 7, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    • The parade of flowers this year has been amazing. We did have a cold, snowy winter and a wet spring. Must have been that combination that brought them all out.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

  5. oooh…too cute and too sweet! love that last one with all the pink!!! ;o)


    Comment by Stacey — July 7, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    • This is one flower that is pretty well named, I think. Somehow it fits. Those pink petals are very small and very delicate.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  6. I particularly like the second image. The color combination is great!


    Comment by edvatza — July 7, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  7. I know they are not actually pussywillos, but is there any evolutionary connection between the two.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 7, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    • No connection at all despite the similar look. These are very small plants.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  8. you need to publish a book!! truly, you are the wildflower king!!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 7, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    • I would like to see some of these photos used in a wildflower book, but I really don’t have enough knowledge of the plants myself to produce one.

      I am pleased though that several conservation groups are using some of my photos on their websites and will be using some in publications.


      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

  9. Now that is a beautiful little flower. Photo is very colorful.


    Comment by Preston Surface — July 8, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    • Like so many wildflowers, these are small and usually overlooked, but very pretty.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  10. And they are really called pussy toes?-how clever is that. Wonder who all those creative people were who first gave wildflowers their common names.


    Comment by Bo — July 10, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    • This time I think the namers did pretty well, Bo. They used some imagination and perhaps intuition.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

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