Montana Outdoors

May 28, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (6)

Arctic Lupine

Arctic Lupine ~ Lupinus arcticus 5/19

Antelope Bush

Antelope Bush ~ Purshia tridentata 5/22

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium ~ Geranium viscosissimum 5/22

Yellow Salsify

Yellow Salsify ~ Tragopogon dubius 5/22

Black Hawthorn

Black Hawthorn ~ Crataegus giyglasii 5/22

Falsebox, Oregon Boxleaf

Falsebox, Oregon Boxleaf ~ Paxistima myrsinites 5/22


  1. The lupine and geranium are my favorites. You should do 365 days of wildflowers, like the Pike’s Peak Guy does with the peak! 🙂


    Comment by kcjewel — May 28, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    • Well, there are more flowers yet to bloom, but I couldn’t do a year’s worth. I thought about going up and getting photos of the new snow, but I doubt that anyone would want to see that after the winter we had.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

  2. HA! No new snow! Just flowers and spring/summer things! Good idea!


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — May 29, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    • We did have new snow last week, but only at higher elevations. Yes, spring is here at last.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  3. Another batch of beauties!
    We have hawthorn, but it is not the same one.

    Are you guys safe with the flooding? I heard about it this morning on NPR.


    Comment by sandy — May 29, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    • Yes, we’re safe: flooding is not an issue where we live. The reports are from eastern Montana about 400 miles away where there is some flooding, but I think it has been greatly magnified by the press.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  4. So great to see spring flowers!! Exquisite beauty!!!


    Comment by Marcie — May 29, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    • It’s a wonderful time here, Marcie! New species are starting to bloom every day.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  5. More beauties, I especially like the arctic lupine and that vivid sticky geranium.


    Comment by Candace — May 29, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  6. I love the lupines and the Black Hawthorn. Gorgeous flowers!


    Comment by Barbara — May 29, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    • There are so many gorgeous wildflowers! I have far too many photos of them.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  7. Hi Montucky, Nicely done series. I like that False Bosleaf. I also like Lupine. We had Lupine in CA in some areas near where I used to live. Have a great day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 29, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    • The lupines are starting to bloom all over now at the lower elevations. Their bloom will work on up to the high places by the end of summer, so there will be lupines blooming nearly all summer. Today I drove and hiked up to about 5300 feet, where it is still early spring. Up there the Shooting Stars are in full bloom and the ground is just covered with Spring beauties, blooming in between patches of snow.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  8. Been away from blogs for ages,… new laptop, etc….. So very good to find your blog again and enjoy your super photos! (my blog is asleep)


    Comment by Cedar — May 29, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    • Hi Cedar! It’s good to see you out and about again! I’ve missed your blog!


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

  9. I really had no idea there were so many wildflowers blooming in spring in Montana. I don’t think I’ve ever been outdoors in the wild country in May as we never made it to the mountains until school was out (when I was younger) and my visits to MT these days are generally in September (sometimes in June). I’m going to have to get out one year in May and go on a wildflower hunt!

    Once again… spectacular images of these beautiful wildflowers!


    Comment by Victoria — May 30, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    • May and even in June is the best time, depending on the elevations. Yesterday I got up to 5300 feet before snow blocked the road and it’s like early spring up there, with Glacier lilies, Shooting Stars and Springbeauties all in bloom.


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2011 @ 8:41 am

  10. The lupines are so lovely!


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — May 30, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    • They are! I am looking forward to seeing their bloom in the high country!


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

  11. All gorgeous but I absolutely was fascinated with the arctic lupine. So striking!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — May 31, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    • They are very striking. This one was blooming very early in a place that is quite sheltered from winds yet gets full afternoon sun.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  12. Lupine is so abundant that it is one of the flowers that I HAVE picked for a bouquet, on my own property. However, it has a really unpleasant odor, making it not so good for a table vase! Ours are only beginning to bud now, so you are way ahead of us. BTW, a few of our wild lupines bloom in pink.


    Comment by Kim — May 31, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    • This one is in an area that for some reason harbors blooms far ahead of the rest of the area. Wish I understood why.

      There are also yellow ones over in Camas Prairie.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  13. It still amazes me the variety of wildflowers you have there. All so lovely and I really like the Yellow Salsify. I haven’t heard of or seen the Arctic Lupine… neat!


    Comment by Anna — May 31, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    • The variety amazes me too, Anna, and The area I cover is really quite small, not extensive at all.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

  14. Joyous!

    Did you know, the state east of you is having all kinds of flooding issues? Talked with my North Dakota-ian daughter over the weekend and a lot of the campgrounds are closed because of it. Hope your rivers and streams are still under control.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 31, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    • Yes, we are getting a little news about flooding in ND. Quite a bit in eastern Montana too. Nothing of concern in this part of the state though.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  15. Lupin and Hawthorne! Always high on my list.


    Comment by knightofswords — May 31, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    • Lupines are just starting to bloom extensively. This one was in a unique place. Chokecherry is now starting to bloom too.


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

  16. So much beauty all in once place – your landscape and your website!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — May 31, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    • Even though we have had only a few warm days, the landscape has turned very colorful and the plants are very lush this year. The grasses are quite tall already.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  17. That blue one! That purple one!
    oooh – so purty!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 31, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    • Yes, some of the larger flowers are blooming now. No wild roses yet, but it shouldn’t be long.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  18. That first image is absolutely exquisite!!! And – thanks for the flower I.D.’s. I’ve been wondering what it is that I’ve been looking at!!


    Comment by Marcie — June 2, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    • Thanks Marcie. I do the best that I can on the I.D.’s, but I’m sure I miss a few.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:45 am

  19. You find so many different flowers out & about in the mountains up there, don’t you! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 2, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    • Yes, the diversity is incredible. They also vary according to specific locations and elevation. There are many ecoclines in this part of Montana.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  20. All these flowers sure are pretty. I really like the purple ones.


    Comment by Preston — June 2, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    • Despite the late start this spring, this seems to be a very good year for wildflowers and plants in general.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:50 am

  21. Fantastic. Again so lovely flower photos.

    We do not have Lupinus arcticus, I think so, but many other Lupins. Lupins are beautiful, but it is not “popular” because it is taking environment from our own wild flowers. It is then in that way wiping out our natural flowers. Nowadays it can be seen everywhere on both side of roads. So it is also here where I live.


    Comment by sartenada — June 2, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

    • It would be a shame to lose many of the native wildflowers. We have had some invasive species here too, but they have not taken hold much in the forests.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

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