Montana Outdoors

August 16, 2009

White aster

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 9:45 pm

Yesterday I held the opinion that I had seen about all of the wildflowers native to this part of the country and also that all of them had already bloomed for this year. So, this morning by the river I came across these brand new blossoms on a plant I had never seen before. Shows what I know.

Pretty little things, aren’t they!

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster

Tufted white prairie aster
AKA White heath aster
Symphyotrichum ericoides

20 Comments »

  1. Oh so lovely!!

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    Comment by Stacey — August 16, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    • They are small, but I like they way they form floral arrangements by themselves.

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      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2009 @ 7:58 am

  2. Are these crowned by a fly?? That doesn’t look like a house fly, nor does it look like a bee. What is it?

    These Asters are simply bodacious! There, that is an adjective I have not used until now. 😀

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    Comment by Iona — August 17, 2009 @ 2:17 am

    • I think it’s a small bee of some kind. It was certainly interested in that blossom and stayed there for a long time. I love the adjective!

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      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2009 @ 8:00 am

  3. Love asters and they look great against a black background. We’re a bit early for them here yet but soon enough. Nicely captured series, Terry.

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    Comment by edvatza — August 17, 2009 @ 3:22 am

    • I was surprised to see these because most of our wildflowers at low elevations are through their blooming season by now.

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      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2009 @ 8:02 am

  4. Looks like little daisies in a bouquet. How very pretty. And is that a bee on the top flower in the top photo? Nice captures! 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — August 17, 2009 @ 6:25 am

    • I found the bouquets they form to be very pretty too. The bee seems to be quite colorful, but I couldn’t seem to get a good shot of it by itself. I love to see the interaction of plants and insects.

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      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  5. We can always surprised at what pops up in the middle of nature. You think that you know everything there is to know about your surroundings, but then they manage to surprise you.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 17, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    • All the more reason to be out as frequently as possible!

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      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

  6. Prairie aster in the mountains??? Well, darn, they sure are pretty. Why aren’t they blooming in my prairies!

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — August 17, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

    • Maybe they aren’t blooming yet in your area, Bo. I think our summer season is shorter than yours, putting us closer to fall. (Sure felt like it this morning at 45° with the clouds down low on the mountains.)

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      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

  7. Beautiful, more from the sunflower family and a bonus bee to boot.

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    Comment by Candace — August 18, 2009 @ 12:44 am

    • that sunflower family has something going for it, doesn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — August 18, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

  8. I love the excitement that you must have felt finding one you hadn’t seen before

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    Comment by Cherry Blossom — August 20, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    • Yes it’s a real thrill and for some reason it happened many times this summer. What a year for wildflowers!

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      Comment by montucky — August 20, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

  9. Beautiful images Terry !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — August 20, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  10. very nice. looks like a display.

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    Comment by silken — August 23, 2009 @ 3:33 pm


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