Montana Outdoors

April 20, 2011

A couple of the tiny ones

I would naively suppose that in unstable weather that includes nights with temperatures in the low twenties and late season snow, one would expect only the larger, more robust-appearing plants to thrive. These tiny ones however, seem to be doing just fine. (The blossom in the first photo measures just 1/8 inch across, and the second only 3/16 inch, and each sits on a stem less than two inches tall.)

Spring Whitlow-grass, (Draba verna)Spring Whitlow-grass, Draba verna

Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, (Collinsia parviflora)Maiden Blue Eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora


  1. Oh that blue….

    What a color!


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — April 20, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    • Yes, that’s quite a blue! It is so different that even though the blossom is tiny it can be easily noticed.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  2. I love the tiny flowers. They cause us to stop and come down to their level to truly enjoy their beauty. Beautiful.


    Comment by anniespickns — April 20, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    • The tiny ones are so often overlooked, but when we do as you said, come down to their level its worth the effort!


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 9:50 pm



    Comment by Tricia — April 20, 2011 @ 8:58 am

  4. Ah, good things (including sweet flowers) come in small packages.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — April 20, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    • That’s sure true of wildflowers! Most of my favorites are quite small.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  5. I am glad to finally see a Blue-eyed Mary. It is the same here, almost too cold for plants to bloom.


    Comment by sandy — April 20, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    • I’ve noticed that the ones in bloom have chosen their locations well, sheltered places that still get the available sun.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  6. Hi Montucky, The pictures are great! So glad you took the time to take these shots. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 20, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    • The little ones do take extra effort, but they are worth it.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  7. So fragile, so strong at the same time. To be able to survive is just astonishing. A Blue-eyed Mary, what a fine name for fine plant.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — April 20, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    • You know, there could be a whole scientific discipline dealing with the survival strategies of plants and wildlife. Our species could certainly learn something from it!


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  8. I don’t think I’ve seen either of these before… not even on your blog. Is this your first sighting of these? Love the blue and the white one makes me think of a pinwheel. Excellent photos!!


    Comment by kcjewel — April 20, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    • I’ve seen both every spring for many years , but these are the first reasonably decent photos that I’ve gotten. It took me two years just to identify the Draba verna.


      Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

      • I’ve been struggling with ID-ing a similar small white flower that grows here, but concluded it was Arabis sp., a rock cress that is related to Draba.
        How do you tell yours is Draba?


        Comment by Kim — April 23, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

        • I had a real struggle with the ID on Draba. I am not very sophisticated in the identification arena. I usually use a book “Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest” that a friend found for me at the UM bookstore. It is the best source I have found for this area. I found Draba in it but not verna. I then went to the the second resource that I’ve found to be an excellent resource for part of this area, a web site by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, HERE and found it by looking up their listings for Draba.


          Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

          • Thanks for that link, montucky. It seems that I have BOTH Draba and Arabis in my yard!

            Somehow a tiny, inconspicuous flower can go un-identified for years without upsetting me, but I can’t imagine not knowing the name of a big and/or showy flower in my surroundings…


            Comment by Kim — April 27, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  9. Very pretty and oh so dainty. Love the name “Maiden Blue Eyed Mary” and this particular flower seems to be smiling. 🙂


    Comment by Anna — April 21, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  10. Blue-Eyed Mary…very cool I love shooting them, and yours doesn’t disappoint. Wonderful work Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — April 21, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    • They are pretty and usually I have a very hard time shooting them This year it seemed to be easier.


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  11. tiny beauties


    Comment by silken — April 21, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    • They are! It’s sad in a way that they are so often overlooked.


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

  12. Very beautiful. I love the blue one. It is somehow familiar, but when I checked it thoroughly in Internet, then I have to confess, that I have not seen it.


    Comment by sartenada — April 22, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    • It is very common here, but because it is so small it doesn’t get much attention.


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

  13. The draba verna glows and sparkles.


    Comment by Candace — April 22, 2011 @ 1:33 am

    • It is a very fragile blossom, although it seems to be very hardy as well. It tolerates very cold nights!


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

  14. Tiny and precious – and beautiful.


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — April 22, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    • I have a special fondness for the tiny ones, I guess. They are usually overlooked, yet are so pretty!


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  15. Perfection in miniature… both tiny blossoms… beautiful captures!


    Comment by Victoria — April 23, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    • There are many tiny blossoms. I found a very pretty one today that was new to me and I know I have just been overlooking it.


      Comment by montucky — April 23, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

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