Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2010

Arnica

After reviewing many plant sites, I have reached the conclusion that I have misidentified this flower in the past, thinking it was Mule-ears.

Heart-leaf ArnicaHeart-leaf arnica, Heart-leaf leopardbane, Arnica cordifolia, Aster family

Heart-leaf Arnica (seed head)(Seed head) Heart-leaf arnica, Heart-leaf leopardbane, Arnica cordifolia, Aster family

It was some time before I understood that this bloom and this seed head go together.

May 30, 2010

May… the month of the blues

Wild HyacinthLarge-flowered tritelia, Wild Hyacinth, Triteleia grandifloraBrodiaea douglasii

Wild HyacinthLarge-flowered tritelia, Wild Hyacinth, Triteleia grandifloraBrodiaea douglasii

Blue AzureBlue Azure

Early blue violetEarly blue violet, viola adunca

Small-Flowered PenstemonSmall-Flowered Penstemon, Penstemon procerus

Small-Flowered Penstemon Small-Flowered Penstemon, Penstemon procerus

Silvery lupineSilvery lupine, Lupinus argenteus

May 28, 2010

I prefer “Daisy”.

Filed under: Montana, Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 8:42 pm

Cut-leaved DaisyCut-leaved Daisy, Erigeron compositus

I’ve seen these frequently called “Fleabane” or “Fernleaf Fleabane”. That seems a bit mean: in my opinion they are much prettier than that!

May 27, 2010

A different view

Filed under: Environment, Montana, Nature — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:43 pm

Known mostly to be a poisonous, noxious Eurasian invader and a serious threat to rangeland in the northwest, it’s not entirely without esthetic appeal when viewed closely. (The raindrops were a bonus.)

Leafy SpurgeLeafy spurge, Euphorbia esula

Leafy SpurgeLeafy spurge, Euphorbia esula

Spurge flowers are interesting because what at first appears to be a small, green flower with a yellowish tint is actually a bract that encloses a cluster of several male flowers and one female flower. The male flowers each consist of a single stamen, the female of a stalked pistil: none have petals or sepals.

May 26, 2010

The unknowns

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:50 pm

In the region of northern Arizona not far from Page and southern Utah south of Kanab, these wildflowers were in bloom last week. I was unable to identify any other than the first (of which I included two photos), and I feel badly about that because they are really very pretty little things. In a more perfect world there would have been more time to seek out the many flowers that I’m sure I missed, and enough knowledge to identify the ones I found.

Southwestern PricklypoppySouthwestern Pricklypoppy, Argemone pleiacantha

Southwestern PricklypoppySouthwestern Pricklypoppy, Argemone pleiacantha

Unknown wildflower, northern ArizonaScarlet Globe Mallow

Unknown wildflower, northern Arizona

Unknown wildflower, southern Utah

Unknown wildflower, southern Utah

Unknown wildflower, southern Utah

Unknown wildflower, northern Arizona

Note: Sandy has identified the third photo as Scarlet Globe Mallow. Thanks, Sandy!

May 25, 2010

Prunus virginiana

Filed under: Montana, Nature — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:53 pm

The chokecherries are blooming now and if the quantity and quality of blossoms are any indication it will be a good year for making more of my favorite jelly and syrup!

Chokecherry blossoms

Chokecherry blossoms

Chokecherry blossoms

(For those not familiar with this plant, here is a photo of a group of the whole plants down by the river last summer.)

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