Montana Outdoors

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!


  1. The desert sure does have beautiful blooms in Spring, doesn’t it! Your photographs are wonderful!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 26, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    • It does! This year is quite a celebration because of he wet winter and spring. I think I missed most of it though. The orange poppies can be spectacular!


      Comment by montucky — May 26, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

  2. great selection today – you travel, and we go along in our arm chairs.


    Comment by knightofswords — May 27, 2010 @ 6:05 am

    • In wildflower season I wish I could travel more. Familiarity with flowers in one region doesn’t have much overlap into another region and there seems to be an endless list of flowers.


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

  3. So good to visit you again, and find the usual outstanding photos!


    Comment by Cedar — May 27, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    • Thanks for visiting, Cedar! I hope you’re having a great summer and using your new camper a lot!


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  4. I really like the delicate among the thorns, papery-like Pricklypoppies. They are so pretty. I like the orange blossoms on the stalk too. Such beautiful flowers in the rough and wild. Great photos!


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 27, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    • Yes, the contrast between the soft beauty of flowers and the otherwise harshness of the desert landscape is striking.


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

  5. Great exposures, especially on the first two.


    Comment by DaveABirding — May 27, 2010 @ 8:13 am

  6. What beautiful flowers! I love the close-up of the purple ones. (But then, I am a sucker for anything purple.)
    Wonderful photographs!


    Comment by songofthewolf — May 27, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    • Those are really purple, aren’t they! I couldn’t get over that deep color!


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

  7. They are lovely. The only one I know is the first one, too. Maybe you can find a utah wildflower site.


    Comment by sandy — May 27, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    • I used to have a book about flowers of the southwest, but it has been lost or perhaps I gave it to a friend when we moved from Arizona.


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  8. How wonderful photos You are presenting.

    The third from up, is my favorite as also the the last photo.


    Comment by sartenada — May 29, 2010 @ 2:57 am

    • Thanks! I just wish I had a few more days to seek out more desert wildflowers when I was there. They are all so beautiful.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 11:06 am

  9. They sure are all pretty. Wish I could help in the IDing but you’re one of the ones who can usually ID my flora. The poppies are especially lovely. The little yellow and white ones look like miniature daffodils.


    Comment by Candace — May 29, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    • Seems like identifying the various flowers takes a great deal of time. I always get stuck in the disparities between reference books or sites. I’m somewhat comfortable with a reference book for British Columbia which also includes most of this area and the Burke Museum internet site, although it doesn’t always include plants in this area. I really don’t have anything that I trust for plants in the southwest.

      The Pricklypoppies was a guess that I verified through “USDA Plants”. On the others I don’t have a clue.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

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