Montana Outdoors

May 12, 2011

Is it yellow or is it a violet? Yes.

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 3:47 pm

Stream Violet, Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

Stream Violet, Pioneer Violet, Viola glabella

Photographed near the trail head of USFS trail 274 at Dry Creek


  1. Those are really pretty. We have lots of yellow violets in our woods, not sure of the proper name though.


    Comment by kateri — May 12, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    • I’m seldom completely sure of the proper species or variation of our wildflowers. I have a good book and use several websites for my ID’s but there is quite a lot of disagreement between them some times.


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  2. Love this shade of yellow I mean violet err I mean yellow oh what the heck they are just plain beautiful Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 12, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    • A violet of any other color is still just as pretty, Bernie!


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  3. Well now, that made me smile… all of that cheerful yellow is delightful. I would love to have some of those in my garden!!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 12, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    • This was the first time that I can remember where I saw a group of them together like that, and the were in a place where I certainly didn’t expect them this early in the season. Shows what I know, I guess.

      I’ve read that the Canadian violets, white ones, are easily propagated and these might be as well. Since they were so abundant in that area perhaps I could have brought a few home to try.


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

      • or maybe gather a few seeds later on… not too many though 😉


        Comment by kcjewel — May 13, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  4. Wow! Another first for me..


    Comment by mitambien — May 12, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    • I first saw the yellow ones just a few years ago too and the white ones as well. When I saw these yesterday it was unexpected: at first thought they were buttercups blooming a little late at that elevation.


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

  5. Very “fly” header. 🙂

    Beautiful flower with special color. Your photo is making “justice” to the beauty of it.

    Thank You presenting this flower which I have not seen.


    Comment by sartenada — May 12, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    • I like the beauty of this flower too. It prefers the moist regions along streams and blooms only in the spring, although at high elevations it will bloom later in the summer.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  6. Gorgeous wildflowers….gorgeous!!


    Comment by Marcie — May 13, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    • I love violets, and the yellow ones are somewhat of a treat because they are see less often.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  7. Yellow, delicate and oh so pretty. This wildflower looks almost exotic.


    Comment by Anna — May 13, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    • The color is quite dense and pretty easy to see if you look for it. Often they will be under the leaves of low shrubs though and like shade.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 8:33 am

  8. Now you are just messing with my head! 🙂 Lovely, Terry!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 13, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    • It’s a good time of year to have a camera handy, Scott!


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 8:33 am

  9. Hi Montucky, I enjoy the wild Violets a lot in all their assorted colors. I am very happy that there are native Violets here in my yards. Have a super nice day! Great Shot!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 13, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    • There are a lot of patches of grass in our yards that don’t get mowed until the violets have stopped blooming. I think they are a domestic variety though, not a pretty as the wild ones.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  10. A yellow Violet – how pretty!! ;o)


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 13, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    • They are just beautiful little spots of yellow in the grass by a stream. I love seeing them.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

  11. These are new to me! Yes, they look like violets. They are really stand-out pretty!


    Comment by sandy — May 13, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    • The color is very similar to that of the buttercup, but the petals are softer.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

  12. Another one I’ve never seen, lovely.


    Comment by Candace — May 13, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    • I don’t believe you have a yellow violet in Arizona, but there is a white one. I would guess along a stream up north, maybe near Springerville.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  13. I grew up collecting violets for my mother, in Iowa. We had only the purple, as I recall, but they enjoyed living with the Lily of the Valley. What a treat it would have been to add these to her bouquets.


    Comment by shoreacres — May 15, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    • Yes, these are a few of the white as well! When I was a child, bouquets of wildflowers for my mother were a part of every spring too.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

      • Wildflower picking. Does the joy and appreciation of the gift of a wild bouquet make up for the loss of seeds (and sometimes roots) that pulling/picking wildflowers can cause?

        As a youth, I once scolded an adult with an armload of Trilliums she’d picked at a Wisconsin rest area. Now I chuckle when I see someone with an armload of pretty pinkish purple knapweed. One man’s weed is another person’s wildflower, and vice versa.

        I still feel that we should be able to appreciate without possessing, though. Your photos, Montucky, allow us to possess these flowers in a much longer-lasting manner. Thank you for providing them so generously, and for all the time you must put in with your followup comments.


        Comment by Kim — May 23, 2011 @ 8:53 am

        • Over the years a lot of things have changed, Kim. When I was a child, the area near where the Trempers shopping center now sits was just covered with wildflowers including Bitterroots which the Indians came to dig each spring. Thousands of wildflowers could have been picked with no appreciable damage to their population. Then, not long after, development killed them all forever.


          Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

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