Montana Outdoors

March 28, 2011


Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:26 pm

It’s two weeks late this year and so far I’ve seen only the one, but there will soon be many more Yellow Bells dotting the hillsides in western Montana.

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria pudica)

Yellow Bell (Fritillaria pudica)

Fritillaria pudica (‘pudica’ in Latin means ‘bashful’) are found only in the eleven western-most states, skipping Arizona, and the two western-most provinces in Canada. They are perennials from small bulbs. The bulbs were harvested and eaten by several of the native Indian tribes.


  1. Very pretty and another flower that I’ve not seen before..


    Comment by mitambien — March 28, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    • They are pretty and delicate little things, but still hardy enough to be one of the first wildflowers to bloom here soon after most of the snow has melted. This one was only about 2 inches tall.


      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2011 @ 12:05 am

  2. Looks like there is a few frost crystals on them, very pretty. I hope we can start seeing floweres soon over here.


    Comment by Jim — March 29, 2011 @ 3:25 am

    • It doesn’t look much like spring here today again either. The new growth of spring should be spectacular this year when it gets started!


      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2011 @ 8:48 am

  3. Hi Montucky, Really beautiful flower and excellent photography! Have a fantastic day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 29, 2011 @ 8:06 am

  4. When I was growing up at Eddy, we picked yellow bells, buttercups and blue bells right there in the ditch along the hiway where Munson creek goes under the hiway. In later years we would stop and make a basket of these for my mother who was in the nursing home in Plains..Theyare so beautiful..


    Comment by Frances Schenck — March 29, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    • Those are all still growing there at Munson Creek, Frances. I usually see some of the first blue bells of the season in sunny spots about a mile up the Munson Creek trail and a month later the trilliums bloom there.

      When I was a boy, those were aways in the bouquets that I brought home to my Mom too, and interestingly, when she too was in the nursing home in Plains!


      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2011 @ 9:09 am

  5. What a lovely little flower. I can see how it got its name.


    Comment by kateri — March 29, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  6. She is a beauty! Your wildflower season is twice as long as ours. I went looking yesterday, and couldn’t find a thing even fully budded.


    Comment by sandy — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    • Next should be Chickweed and Woodland Star, then it will be awhile before more begin their blooms. THere are lots of Buttercups in bloom now and they are so pretty among the new bright green grasses.


      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

  7. LoL! The title fits! So pretty, too!


    Comment by Tricia — March 30, 2011 @ 7:52 am

  8. Beautiful and I especially like the 2nd photo of the downward bell of the flower.


    Comment by Anna — March 30, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  9. pretty and interesting….


    Comment by silken — March 30, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    • It’s that time of year again, Silken! I’m sure happy to see them!


      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

  10. Yay! Great to see these beauties.


    Comment by farmhouse stories — March 30, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    • They are very slow in coming this year. So far I’ve seen only three in bloom. Still pretty though!


      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  11. “Skipping Arizona,”no wonder I’mnot familiar with them. Pretty, especially when their heads hang low.


    Comment by Candace — March 30, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    • That made me wonder. I do not recall seeing them in Arizona, but I would have thought that they would do well in the northern part of the state as they do here. It’s very puzzling to me.


      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  12. I would like to eat the bulbs of a Yellow Bell. But not all, for they are a beauty to see and appreciate. I do love your close-ups. I’ll look for them up in the Sangre de Cristo range late this spring when Brenda and I go into the wilderness.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — March 31, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    • I haven’t eaten any myself: perhaps if they are abundant in a couple of weeks I shall try. I hope they will still be blooming when you go on that trip. They are pretty early bloomers, although I see them later in the summer at higher elevations.


      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  13. How beautiful flower and Your photos. Title of Your post is very suitable.

    Thank You giving the Latin name, so I could easily check if it is here – no.


    Comment by sartenada — March 31, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    • For some reason that I don’t understand, this plant has a very limited distribution. It is quite small, this one being only about 2 inches tall.


      Comment by montucky — March 31, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  14. I like how their yellow turns rusty orange after they have bloomed and/or been pollinated.


    Comment by Kim — April 3, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    • I do too. I like all three colors. Some here are still in the green, slightly yellow stage.


      Comment by montucky — April 4, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  15. WOW… the top one is a stunning macro! Both are nice but I just LOVE the top one! 🙂


    Comment by Victoria — April 4, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    • Thanks Tory! The top shot is one of my “slither” shots, you know, prone trying to get a big camera as low to the ground as possible…


      Comment by montucky — April 4, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

  16. Love how a flower can be all about an emotion.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — April 4, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    • That little one seems to be. It looks down all of the time and appears so shy and demure. It’s a lonely little ting, but very beautiful to those who will look closely at it.


      Comment by montucky — April 4, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

  17. Gorgeous Spring flower ! Your photos are excellent, such details you could capture !


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 16, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    • Thanks Isa! The little wildflowers are so pretty I think they deserve a cloe look!


      Comment by montucky — April 16, 2011 @ 10:11 am

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