Montana Outdoors

March 20, 2010

Another early arrival

Small-flowered Woodland Star Small-flowered Woodland Star, Lithophragma parviflorum.

The first bloom of this flower that I encountered last year was on April 7th. They are quite small, the flower measuring about 1/4 inch across. They bloom early here and I have found some in bloom all summer long in various areas.

For more information:
The Burke Museum
USDA Plants
Cal Photos database



  1. It really does look like a porcelain star. Pretty.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — March 20, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    • I’ve always thought this one is well-named. They are so small though, I think that few people notice them.


      Comment by montucky — March 20, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  2. This is gorgeous! The light is just superb.


    Comment by Jessica S. — March 20, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    • Thanks Jessica! They are an elegant beginning to spring, I think.


      Comment by montucky — March 20, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

  3. What unique petals. Sometimes the smallest flowers are the prettiest.


    Comment by kateri — March 21, 2010 @ 4:49 am

    • They are very delicate, but seem to be hardy enough to tolerate the cold spring nights. I think if they were larger they would be a favorite of a lot of folks.


      Comment by montucky — March 21, 2010 @ 8:35 am

  4. This is a new flower for me. It reminds me of something, but can’t think what.


    Comment by Sandy — March 21, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    • This is a western plant: it’s distribution is both sides of the Cascade mountains, British Columbia to California, east to the Dakotas and Colorado. It’s a member of the saxifrage family.


      Comment by montucky — March 21, 2010 @ 9:22 am

  5. Is a pretty little flower at that.


    Comment by Preston — March 21, 2010 @ 11:21 am

  6. What a unique little shape to that flower. Very pretty!!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — March 21, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

  7. Looks kind of like it’s making a fist. Pretty, though.


    Comment by Pinhole — March 21, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  8. Beautiful image and subject Terry, love the light in this !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — March 21, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

  9. It literally sparkles, how cool!


    Comment by Candace — March 22, 2010 @ 12:37 am

    • They also come in pink, and I will try to get a photo of a pink one too.


      Comment by montucky — March 22, 2010 @ 9:22 am

  10. Beautiful, delicate, and definitely star-like in shape and sparkles! That is neat, the little fist-shaped bug too. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — March 22, 2010 @ 5:44 am

    • The only thing that is sad is that it takes some kind of magnification to really see them well.


      Comment by montucky — March 22, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  11. It looks to be covered with glitter! Beautiful!


    Comment by Barbara — March 22, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  12. Been absent -but do not take this as a “return”. 😦 This is exquisite, Terry. Looks like it is sprinkled in sugar.


    Comment by Iona — April 11, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    • Thanks Iona. They are classy little things, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — April 11, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

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