Montana Outdoors

June 10, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (10)

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke ~ Geum triflorum 6/1

Great Polemonium, Royal Jacob's-ladder, Salmon Polemonium

Great Polemonium, Royal Jacob’s-ladder, Salmon Polemonium ~ Polemonium carneum 6/1

Meadow Hawkweed

Meadow Hawkweed ~ Hieracium caespitosum 6/2

American Vetch

American Vetch ~ Vicia americana 6/2

Prickly Rose

Prickly Rose

Prickly Rose ~ Rosa acicularis 6/2


  1. What a rainbow of posies! The wild rose of Western Montana is the Wood rose, I believe.

    These closeups give one a view of plants we often see, but never so closely. It would be nice to have a view that captures the habit of the plant as well.


    Comment by Kim — June 10, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    • Actually from what I can tell, we have Wood’s, Prickly, and Nootkana.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

  2. Stunning!


    Comment by mitambien — June 10, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  3. Love the prairie smoke–what detail!


    Comment by kateri — June 11, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    • It’s almost prettier after it blooms. I’ll watch for it and post some photos of it then (or use one from previous years).


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  4. The light on the vetch is terrific.


    Comment by anniespickns — June 11, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    • Actually, that’s from the on-camera flash, compensated by 2/3EV . It was taken on a dark cloudy day and under some trees.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  5. What an amazing array of color you’ve captured. I tend to think of wildflowers as yellow. (we have a lot of yellow here). Very nice job.


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — June 11, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    • We have lots of yellows too, but also a very rich color spread of others. I wish I understood all of the reasons for that.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 10:02 am

  6. I’ve noticed that flower colors seem to appear in waves, perhaps having to do with the types of pollinators available?

    There ARE a lot of yellows among the early bloomers, while the more colorful flowers tend to bloom later when the butterflies and hummingbirds are more plentiful. White flowers are said to be attractive to moths which feed at night, though I’m sure they also get visited by bees and butterflies.


    Comment by Kim — June 11, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    • I’ve noticed that there are waves of colors too. Yellow comes early then comes back again later with the more orange colors. I just encountered a new yellow one that I can’t identify. It looks like an evening primrose, but I can’t determine if it is a species of that or not. The color is the same.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 10:05 am

  7. So fun to see all the wildflowers you get to enjoy….thanks for sharing them with us!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 11, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  8. Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!! Love the lighting & they’re all so crisp & clear! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 11, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    • Thanks Tricia! It has been cloudy most of every day, which provides good light for photographing wildflowers.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  9. Wow on the Prairie Smoke and Prickly Rose. There are so many varieties and all so pretty.


    Comment by Candace — June 11, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    • Yes, the variety is incredible as is the vast differences between species. Well, give mother nature a few million years…


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  10. Is the prairie smoke fairly common? I really like that one. Jacob’s Ladder is pretty, too. I have seen in as a garden plant here, but never in the wild.


    Comment by sandy — June 11, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    • It seems to be quite common here, at least I’ve seen it in several locations. It’s often overlooked though because it tends to blend in with the taller grasses. USDA Plants calls it “Old Man’s Whiskers” and shows its distribution to be in all of the western states and across the tier of northern ones as far as New York.

      I can understand how one would want Jacob’s Ladder in their flower garden. It’s a pretty blossom!


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

  11. pretty! that first one almost looks like candy!


    Comment by silken — June 11, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    • It would be attractive if there was a candy that looked like that.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

  12. I really like the Prairie Smoke. The Prickly Rose is beautiful and reminds me of the type of wild rose that grows here… and I haven’t seen so far this year. Such lovely wildflowers of spring!


    Comment by Anna — June 12, 2011 @ 5:41 am

    • The bloom of the wild roses is starting to spread over large areas now. They sure add color to the landscape.


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2011 @ 8:38 am

  13. They are all beautiful, but those top three… well… WHOLEY WILDFLOWERS!!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 12, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    • I think the smokes go pretty much unnoticed. The Jacob’s Ladder is easier to catch, but there isn’t a lot of it in this area.


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  14. What a collection of beautiful flowers. All, except Rosa acicularis, are not found here. In our garden we have really quite similar, but if it is just that, even my wife could not confirm. That due to that we have more quite similar roses in Finland and they are old heritage roses. Our rose I brought here from my late father’s lot.

    Thank You presenting all these interesting and beautiful flowers.


    Comment by sartenada — June 13, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    • I think that roses are probably the most beloved flowers all over the world.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2011 @ 9:06 am

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