Montana Outdoors

May 23, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (4)

Heart-leaved Arnica

Heart-leaved Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia 5/16


Pretty, but I have been unable to identify it 5/16

Field Chickweed

Field Chickweed ~ Cerastium arvense 5/16

Leafy Spurge

Leafy Spurge ~ Euphorbia esula 5/17

This is a Eurasian introduction that has become a serious threat to rangeland. It is difficult to eradicate and is poisonous.

Star Solomon's Seal

Star Solomon’s Seal ~ Maianthemum stellatum 5/17

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape ~ Mahonia aquifolium 5/17

I couldn’t resist posting another photo of this. I liked the setting among the other plants in a typical setting and these are blossoming just everywhere right now.


  1. Is Arnica in the sunflower family, too? I would have thought that was Western Groundsel. The field chickweed photo is so pretty. All are.


    Comment by Candace — May 23, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    • Yes, Arnica is in the sunflower family, and so is the Western Groundsel. The sunflower family is a very large one.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

  2. Hi Montucky, I especially like the photo of the Heart-leafed Arnica! Very nice series. Have a great day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 24, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    • Thanks. The Arnica is really decorating the lower hillsides now.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  3. That Oregon grape – one of my Mom’s favorite! We have lots here, too… such pretty colors in all your shots!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 24, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    • On the grape: I like the color of the blossoms, the leaves, and the smoky blue of the fruit. Then, in fall some of the leaves turn bright red. A colorful plant!


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  4. Love seeing the grape in this stage–beautiful colors!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 24, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    • It’s lovely when in bloom. You can see those splashes of color all over the hillsides.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

  5. love all your spring flower pictures! I’ve stayed away for about a week now until your reptile picture of may 16 was pushed down the list a bit! That was a shocker!!!


    Comment by silken — May 24, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

  6. I have been looking for the unknown, but can’t find it. Everything is pretty and bright.

    We have a similar spurge here.


    Comment by sandy — May 24, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    • I still haven’t found that unknown one. Unfortunately I think the spurge is wide spread!


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

      • I too have been checking my 8 or 10 books for your un-ID’d blue flower and have come up empty. My first thought was “Bluets” but they have 4 petals. Moss gentian was a possibility but that seems to have too-pointed petals. Whatever it is, it’s a beauty. Can you post a photo with more detail of the foliage and calyx?

        BTW, I think the most common species of Mahonia around here is usually M. repens (Creeping Oregon Grape), though the specific name M. aquifolium applies to the taller (but less common?) variety.


        Comment by Kim — May 25, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

        • It is quite pretty, There are white mixed in with the pink too. I will get a photo of the rest of the plant next time I encounter one.


          Comment by montucky — May 25, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

  7. Each picture is better than the one before. I kept thinking how much I liked each one, andthen the next one would come along and I’d like that one just as much.


    Comment by Ratty — May 24, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

  8. I have all but the top two in my garden. Yes, chickweed… unfortunately! You have inspired me to take some pictures of them on the next clear day. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 24, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    • Chickweed doesn’t get thick enough here to be a problem for some reason. I’ve not seen it in our yard.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  9. So interesting tour of beautiful flowers.

    I checked everyone.

    These can be found here in Finland:

    Cerastium arvense, Euphorbia esula.
    We had many years in our garden: Mahonia aquifolium, but no more. My wife got tired of it.

    Others were unknown, but so beautiful. Thank You again for this flower tour!


    Comment by sartenada — May 27, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    • It’s very interesting that you do have some of the same ones there!


      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

  10. The Oregon Grape is my favorite from this post… My Mahonia (same family) is getting quite tall and leggy so I’m thinking it might be time to prune it way back and see if it will branch and get fuller.


    Comment by Victoria — May 30, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    • If I recall correctly, on normal years the Oregon Grape would have finished blooming by now, but they are still blooming all over.


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2011 @ 8:31 am

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