Montana Outdoors

August 15, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (10)

Northern Bedstraw

Northern Bedstraw ~ Galium boreale – Along Little Thompson River

Brown-eyed Susan

Brown-eyed Susan ~ Gaillardia aristata – Along Little Thompson River

Red Clover

Red Clover ~ Trifolium pratense – Along Little Thompson River


Fireweed ~ Epilobium angustifolium

Ocean Spray, Creambush

Ocean Spray, Creambush ~ Holodiscus discolor

Suksdorf's Indian paintbrush

Suksdorf’s Indian paintbrush ~ Castilleja suksdorfii – Near Vermilion Pass


  1. Awesome photos. I really like the ocean spray.


    Comment by jomegat — August 15, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    • Thanks! The Ocean Spray is very common here and fairly large, in big clumps. Sure brightens up the woods!


      Comment by Montucky — August 15, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  2. Beautiful! Can’t decide which one I like best, but the red clover reminds me of home 🙂


    Comment by thedailyclick — August 16, 2011 @ 4:44 am

    • I think everyone likes red clover. If for no other reason, most of us have tasted its honey when we were kids (and still do).


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

  3. I am in awe… these are all just spectacular. I have yet to get anything nearly as beautiful when photographing wildflowers… Indian Paintbrush has long been a favorite flower of mine and every photo I’ve ever taken has washed out color… a stunning collection!


    Comment by Victoria — August 16, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    • Thanks Tory! There should still be some really pretty paints in bloom here in mid-September!


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  4. The Red Clover, Fireweed, and Ocean Spray are my faves– so pretty!!


    Comment by Barbara — August 16, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    • Good choices, Barbara! Those are high on my list too!


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  5. All are so lovely in their own distinct styles and colors. I really like the Brown-eyed Susan.


    Comment by Anna — August 16, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    • I see Brown-eyed Susans along most of the larger streams and rivers this time of year. They really brighten up the area!


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  6. The paint brush gets me every time. How many colors of it do you have there. I planted fireweed here, but so far, have not seen flowers. Too bad, I love it. It grows wild to our north, but not around here.

    So that is what bedstraw looks like? Did they really use it for stuffling?


    Comment by sandy — August 16, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    • We have three colors of paints, red, yellow and this orange which I have found only in one general area. The reds start fairly early in the spring and last until the snow comes. The yellow ones are really quite drab, not bright like the others. I’ve heard there are pink ones too, but I’m not quite sure that they aren’t just part of the red group, although I’ve seen some that did look pink.


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  7. All good stuff. That last one looks especially interesting.


    Comment by Ratty — August 16, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    • I first saw that species of Indian Paintbrush two years ago and fell in love with the orange color. It is very bright!


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

  8. Your picture of red clover makes it look like an exotic flower … such beautiful detail in all of your flowers.
    Most of the flowers and weeds around here are looking pretty shabby … signs of Fall are everywhere.


    Comment by bearyweather — August 16, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    • Thanks Bearyweather. Things in the low valley are looking that way here too, but up high they are still lush and vibrant. In about a week I will be able to make a few trips up there and see flowers that stopped blooming in the valley months ago.


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

  9. I think we have northern bedstraw–the flower I am thinking of grows along the roadsides and is in bloom right now. I will have to look at it tomorrow and compare….
    Gaillardia is a garden flower here. I’ve never seen it wild.
    I love the blue fireweed. I have never seen it before.


    Comment by kateri — August 16, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    • Fireweed blooms here in late summer and, as its name implies, grows on the site of recent fires. It is often the first flower to grow after a big wildfire.


      Comment by Montucky — August 16, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      • Yes, the plant I was thinking of it northern bedstraw…I found a nice little patch of it in one of the corners of our property this morning.


        Comment by kateri — August 23, 2011 @ 6:42 am

  10. Love the brown-eyed Susan!


    Comment by Candace — August 16, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    • It’s a pretty popular little flower and quite common here along the rivers and streams. It adds color in late summer when most others are gone.


      Comment by Montucky — August 18, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  11. Funny about “brown-eyed Susan” as a common name. In the Midwest, it refers to Rudbeckia sp.
    What you are calling brown-eyed Susan is perhaps more commonly known as “blanket flower” in my experience. Nice photos.


    Comment by Kim — August 17, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  12. Another superb series of wildflower shots- thank you for posting these!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — August 18, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    • Thank you! The wildflower season is winding down now, but I still have a few more yet to post.


      Comment by Montucky — August 18, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  13. Beautiful, all of them, but I love the Red Clover best. 🙂


    Comment by Val — August 21, 2011 @ 11:38 am

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