Montana Outdoors

July 12, 2009

Just about forgot

Some time ago I posted a photo or two of Alpine Springbeauties, one of the very early wildflowers in this area. Not long after, I discovered another variety, the Siberian Springbeauty and forgot to post a photo of them. This was the first year in which I’ve seen them and thought they were really pretty.

Siberian springbeauty

Siberian springbeauty

Siberian springbeauty

Siberian springbeauty
Claytonia sibirica
Purslane family
Found at the east shore of Dog Lake on the Salish – Kootenai Indian Reservation in western Montana on May 4, 2009


  1. Oh! They are so beautiful! I just love those colors – pink and purple in the same flower. Lovely!


    Comment by Stacey — July 12, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    • They are quite colorful, aren’t they! Can’t imagine why I haven’t seen them before.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2009 @ 8:25 am

  2. Lovely, as always. Purple is one of my favorite colors. As is Red, pink, blue.


    Comment by Iona — July 12, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

    • I think if these were larger, they would be really popular in people’s flower gardens because of the different colors.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2009 @ 8:26 am

  3. Truly gorgeous!!!!!!!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — July 13, 2009 @ 9:01 am

    • These are a great example of why I love wildflowers so much.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

  4. Beautiful, and much more vibrant than the spring beauties we have out here!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — July 13, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    • These are more colorful than the other varieties around here too.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

  5. The thin ribbons of purple on the white contrast beatifully in the macro shot. I really like these.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 13, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

    • They seem to have a very pleasant combination of colors and I agree about the contrast.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

  6. Springbeauties they are! We encountered a huge field of them in Wyoming near Flaming Gorge in March. There were still patches of snow in places. Great close-ups!


    Comment by Maureen — July 13, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    • These seem to bloom a little later. The first ones I ever saw were also in between patches of snow. That really got my attention!


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  7. How beautiful they are. What is the actual size?


    Comment by SuzieQ — July 13, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    • I really should start taking measurements but keep forgetting. These are about 3/4 the size of a dime and covered several areas of maybe 20 feet by 100 feet. Quite a sight!


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

  8. Oops, I missed a day. What beauties with the purple “stripes” against the vivid white. They almost glow!


    Comment by Candace — July 14, 2009 @ 1:50 am

    • In contrast to the other varieties of Springbeauties, those stripes change the look of the whole flower.


      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2009 @ 7:48 am

  9. I want this file too!! The last pic is my favorite!! 🙂


    Comment by Julie — July 14, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

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