Montana Outdoors

June 1, 2010

Cat’s Ears and Pussytoes

The common names that have been given to wildflowers are often a disappointment, but these two seem to be aptly named.

Subalpine Mariposa LilyMountain Cat’s Ear, Subalpine Mariposa Lily, Mountain Mariposa, Calochortus subalpinus

Field PussytoesField Pussytoes, Antennaria neglecta


  1. fun!


    Comment by silken — June 1, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    • Indeed! There is another species of pussytoes that will bloom later and many, many more species of the lily.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  2. Excellent photography and interesting content! Kudos!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 1, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  3. Huh – I’d never guess those name… guess it must be the sheltered life I live!! Ha!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 1, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    • Maybe. And maybe that’s why I have problems with so many of the names too. LOL


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

  4. The last photo is very similar to that we have here:

    Antennaria dioica. We have its name translated “Cat’s paw”.


    Comment by sartenada — June 1, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

    • I believe we have a variant of that one here too, but it blooms later in the summer.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

  5. You did a fabulous job with the light on these. Very nice.


    Comment by burstmode — June 2, 2010 @ 6:52 am

  6. Lovely cat’s toes! What a name for a wildflower! Field Pussytoes I haven’t seen before and… how unusual of a plant.


    Comment by Anna — June 2, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    • There are several species of pussytoes in this region, but I’ve found only two.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  7. Cute, but no tails or whiskers or cat-eyes? Cats really do have a lot of great body parts, when you stop and think about it!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — June 2, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    • Well, we have cat tails, but they don’t come out until fall. Yes, we compare lots of things to cats or their parts. It’s interesting how many animals are used in flower names.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

  8. We have a form of pussy toes, I don’t know if it is exactly like that. The lily is totally new to me. How pretty. The water drops are perfect.


    Comment by sandy — June 2, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    • This particular lily isn’t usually thought to be native to Montana, but I see lots of them. There are many variations of the flower, too. One that I really like grows across the river and few thousand feet above me. It has a lot of purple in the center. I will try to hike up there later for some photos of it too.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

  9. Those are very apt!


    Comment by Candace — June 4, 2010 @ 2:06 am

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