Montana Outdoors

May 16, 2011



Lemonweed, Western Stoneseed, Columbian Puccoon, Western Gromwell ~ Lithospermum ruderale


  1. oooh- that’s pretty.


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 16, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    • I think it is too. The plant is rather plain and unassuming until one looks at it closely.


      Comment by montucky — May 16, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

  2. A very underrated flower. I’ve always wanted to collect some seeds and propagate it at home.


    Comment by Aaron — May 16, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    • We have it growing naturally on our hillside. I’ve not tried to cultivate it.


      Comment by montucky — May 16, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  3. I really like this!


    Comment by Roberta Gould — May 16, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    • My wife liked this photo too. I’m surprised that someone hasn’t made this into a domestic plant and cultivated it for larger flowers.


      Comment by montucky — May 16, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

  4. That’s beautiful. What is the scale of the flower?


    Comment by anniespickns — May 17, 2011 @ 6:36 am

  5. The texture on the leaves is lovely. You have quite the camera!


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — May 17, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    • This was taken with the AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens. It does a very nice job!


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  6. Something about the way you see flowers is so different. Our visions are dissonant yet I enjoy each and everyone of your images.


    Comment by burstmode — May 17, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    • I feel the same way, burstmode. We approach flowers from entirely different angles, don’t we!


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  7. Nice close up. By the name of it, it ought to do well in Florida’s citru areas.


    Comment by knightofswords — May 17, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    • It would blend in well, but it’s strictly a western plant for some reason. Just grow in 9 of the most western states.


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  8. The flowers appear to have the slightly heavy feel of an orchid. And what interesting leaves – lots of texture with this one!


    Comment by shoreacres — May 17, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    • The flowers do seem to have that heavy feel. The leaves make the plant most attractive to me. It is in the Borage family.


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

  9. Pretty, doesn;t look like a “weed” to me!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 17, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    • I seldom agree with the “weed” term and see no reason why this plant would be called that unless simply because it if very common and widespread in the regions in which it lives.


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  10. My, in your area of Montana sure does have a variety of lovely wildflowers. I really like this perspective shot of the Lemonweed, and the close-up revealing details. Beautiful.


    Comment by Anna — May 17, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    • We do have a huge variety. I’m far behind on posting flower species and will try to catch up. A dozen more new species have begun to bloom in just the past couple of days.


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, What a pretty color those blossoms are! Are they nicknamed for the color or the scent? Have a super nice day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 17, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    • I believe the name refers to the color: I detect no particular scent from them. It is an interesting color though, isn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

      • I have never heard the nickname Lemonweed. I call it Stoneseed or Gromwell.
        I do believe that one of its medicinal uses may have been in contraception or abortifaction…


        Comment by Kim — May 23, 2011 @ 8:56 am

        • It seems to have many common names depending on location. Interesting, the Okanagan people used the plant as a charm to make it rain while the Nlaka’pmx used it to stop thunderstorms.


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

  12. Very Pretty. Does the plant smell lemony? Something about it reminds me of mullien.


    Comment by sandy — May 17, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    • I haven’t noticed a lemon scent. I think it might be the shape of the blossom that reminds you of Mullein.


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

  13. Beautiful work Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 17, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

  14. I love the “frosty” look about this. The colors are beautiful. I think this is a perfect subject and perfect photograph!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 17, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    • I like this plant a lot. With the way the blossoms fit with the leaves it seems to make its own flower arrangement.


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  15. That photo shows some beautiful textures.


    Comment by Candace — May 17, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    • Yes, the textures and shapes make the plant interesting.


      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  16. Truly magnificent photograph! You’ve captured the essence of the plant in its full glory.


    Comment by Cindy — May 17, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  17. Beautiful, unknown flower to me. Excellent photo.


    Comment by sartenada — May 19, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    • Thanks! It’s a common flower here, but often overlooked.


      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

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