Montana Outdoors

June 13, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (11)

White Campion, Bladder Campion

White Campion, Bladder Campion ~ Silene latifolia 6/2

Henbit Deadnettle, Common Dead-nettle, Giraffehead

Henbit Deadnettle, Common Dead-nettle, Giraffehead ~ Lamium amplexicaule 6/2

Tolmie's star-tulip, Tolmie's mariposa-lily, Cat's-ears

Tolmie’s star-tulip, Tolmie’s mariposa-lily, Cat’s-ears ~ Calochortus tolmiei 6/2

Thread-leaved Phacelia, Thread-leaf Scorpion-weed

Thread-leaved Phacelia, Thread-leaf Scorpion-weed ~ Phacelia linearis 6/3

Largeflower triteleia

Largeflower triteleia ~ Triteleia grandiflora, Brodiaea douglasii 6/3

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahensis 6/5

Sticky Currant, Mountains Currant

Sticky Currant, Mountains Currant ~ Ribes viscosissimum 6/5


  1. Love the cat’s ears!


    Comment by Tammy — June 14, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    • So do I. There are 56 species in the genus Calochortus and I think I like this the best. It’s interesting that they are all westerners; none east of Alberta, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Colorado or New Mexico.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2011 @ 1:07 am

  2. Such exquisitely beautiful flowers. I can smell and feel the damp softness!


    Comment by Marcie — June 14, 2011 @ 5:40 am

  3. I’m a fan of the cat’s ears, too. I just checked out my own cat’s ears – the name’s appropriate! I wish I had you here for a day to take photos of our current wildflowers – a “drought flowers” series. Maybe I ought to get myself out this weekend and document what’s around, even though I’m NO photographer. See? Your work is inspiring!


    Comment by shoreacres — June 14, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    • I would love to photograph your flowers! It’s always a real treat to see different species. Last summer I made a rather quick trip to Arizona but was able to catch some of the high desert wildflowers and really enjoyed that. I think that photographing wildflowers year after year is an excellent way to sharpen photographic skills. Provides motivation.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  4. All are beautiful but wowzers, the Tolmie’s star-tulip is so intriguing along with the raindrops.


    Comment by Anna — June 14, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    • That was taken on a very rainy day. Rain seems to enhance the beauty of those blossoms.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Of today’s pictures, my favorite is the Tolmie’s Star Tulip. I like seeing the thread-like structures and the water droplets. Beautiful! Have a fabulous day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 14, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    • I know what you mean. It was only a few years ago when I first saw that flower and it has been a favorite ever since.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  6. You do wonderful close-up photography!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 14, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

  7. The only one I recognize is the campion. Does the current produce fruit?
    I love the color of the scorpion weed.


    Comment by sandy — June 14, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    • The currant does produce small berries that are not considered edible, although I’ve read that some of the early Indians ate them occasionally.

      There are many shades of color in the scorpion weed flowers: this is the darker phase. More common is a lighter one.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

  8. All beautiful shots, montucky, and wow, the Cat’s Ears are quite something!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — June 14, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    • There is another very pretty version of that blossom that I haven’t seen yet this year. It has lots of purple to it.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

  9. You are so good with knowing their real names…. beautiful flowers!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 14, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    • Many times I have difficulty identifying the flowers and I know I’m not right all of the time, but I try my best. I know my friend Matti in Finland uses the scientific names to see if these plants are also found there. Many are.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  10. Am I the only one who can’t see the honeysuckle photo unless I click on it and go to the flickr site?
    (where BTW you can browse almost 1000 of montucky’s beautiful wildflower images)


    Comment by Kim — June 15, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    • I’ve seen things like that happen too. It opens OK for me this morning. I don’t know if it’s an issue with WordPress or Flickr, but it’s distracting.


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  11. Wow. Only Silene latifolia is common here, others not. I love the photo of Triteleia grandiflora. It seemed to be so small among grass that one could “trample” over it by mistake. Thank You again.


    Comment by sartenada — June 16, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    • It’s interesting that you have Silene! I liked the combination of the grasses and the triteleia: they seemed to go together.


      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  12. “Henbit Deadnettle,” that’s a great name! I like the Tolmie’s star-tulip, too, and the cat ears, of course.


    Comment by Candace — June 18, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    • The Deadnettle was a new one for me; interesting stuff. Tolmies is a favorite of mine too. THey are blooming all over at the lower elevations now.


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

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