Montana Outdoors

May 6, 2010


Western GroundselWestern Groundsel, Senecio integerrimus, Sunflower family

Slender HawkweedSlender hawkweed, Hieracium gracile, Sunflower family



  1. The sunflower family seems to be pretty big. Now I know the flower I photographed the other day was a Western Groundsel, cool!


    Comment by Candace — May 7, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    • Yes it’s a large family and contains some surprises. My favorite wildflower book groups the plants by family and this family is the largest in our area.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  2. Nice shot on the top one, I like how the central bloom is the first to open, waiting for the others as they take their sweet time.


    Comment by DaveABirding — May 7, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    • This is one of the first to start blooming. Later they will have more blooms and actually larger flower heads too, but I liked this with just the single blossom open.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

  3. These bursts of yellow–what we waited all winter for, hmm? 🙂


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 7, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    • You bet! When these bloom there’s no doubt, although if you look at our temps you might wonder. 24 last night.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  4. I wouldn’t have guessed they were cousins! I am realizing I just take flowers for what they are – beautiful! – and don’t pay attention to all the varieties they could be related to. Thanks for expanding my horizons!!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 7, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    • I tend to focus on their beauty too, but I’m slowly learning more about them. I use a book a lot that was written for the southern part of British Columbia, but it covers our area pretty well too and it also has interesting information on the uses that the native people had for them.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

  5. This looks a little different from the hawkweed we have here, which is still a ways off to bloom. I like the way the groundsel looks in the tops shot.


    Comment by sandy — May 8, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    • I think there are many species of Hawkweed, I know of at least four in this area plus three species of Hawksbeard which look similar. I’m never 100% percent sure that I have the correct ID, but I do my best. It will be interesting to see what your Hawkweed looks like! The sunflower family is a very large one.


      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2010 @ 9:01 am

  6. […] it were not for Terry at Montana Outdoors, I would have kept thinking of these little yellow flowers that I photographed a couple of weeks […]


    Pingback by Happy! « Glenrosa Journeys — May 8, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

  7. The first photo is excellent. In it there is something that makes me to study it.


    Comment by sartenada — May 9, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

    • It’s an interesting plant. The flower head makes natural bouquets and they are always a little different.


      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

  8. fun shots and comparison! makes me think about my son and his cousin. when they were little, everyone thought they were siblings. look just enough alike….

    that groundsel is very interesting. I bet it’s really pretty when they are all blooming


    Comment by silken — May 10, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    • That family resemblance. As more of the buds go into full bloom, the plant takes different looks. They can be very pretty.


      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

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