Montana Outdoors

September 28, 2011

Pink Mountain Heather

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:48 pm

Pink Mountain HeatherPink Mountain Heather ~ Phyllodoce empetriformis

“These cheerful bells ring an invitation to high places above the timber line, to those serene and lofty slopes where peace and quiet enter our souls.” – L.J. Clark, Wild Flowers of the Mountains in the Pacific Northwest.

Photographed on September 5, 2011 at about 7,400 feet on Mount Headley in the Cube Iron/Silcox Roadless area in western Montana


  1. So pretty! to think that if not for you I’d never see many of the flowers that you share..


    Comment by Roberta — September 28, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    • This is a western plant, but I think it likes fairly high atitudes. I’m very pleased that you do get to see them through my photos!


      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  2. Such a pretty color. That quote is so poetic.


    Comment by Candace — September 28, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

  3. Those are really pretty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen heather growing…


    Comment by kateri — September 29, 2011 @ 4:04 am

    • It isn’t common here except high up and I’ve not seen it in heavy concentrations. The blossoms are tiny and can be easily overlooked.


      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

  4. nice shot


    Comment by Chantal — September 29, 2011 @ 4:21 am

  5. Most pix of heather show hillsides full of it. Nice to see a close up.



    Comment by knightofswords — September 29, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    • I’ve not seen that much of it around here, but it’s a welcome sight along with the other wildflowers on the peaks.


      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

  6. I am surprised it grows there. This summer, I saw a form of heather growing on the beach, but have never been able to keep it going in my garden. It looks better in the wild, anyway.


    Comment by sandy — September 29, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    • This particular species is native only to the west and Canada. I’ve seen it only on the taller mountains in this area.


      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

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  8. The quote is as pretty as the flowers.


    Comment by thedailyclick — September 29, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, Before ever reading your caption information on the picture, I thought “Bells”. Excellent as usual! Have a splendid day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 29, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    • Seems like many of our wildflowers have bell type blossoms. These are quite dainty and very pretty.


      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  10. Wonderful photo. I admire it due to its bells and their pink color. Of course this cannot be found here. On my backyard we have plenty of heathers, but not so beautiful than this one.


    Comment by sartenada — September 29, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    • We also have a species of heather in a flower bed, but not this one. I enjoy the wild ones perhaps because mother nature does so muc better a job of tending them than I do.


      Comment by montucky — September 30, 2011 @ 12:04 am

  11. Thinking about the preponderance of bell-shaped flowers, I wonder if it has anything to do with the mode of pollination. Do you know whether heather (and the other bells) is self-pollinated, wind-pollinated or insect pollinated? (Still unable to read the email notifications, BTW.)


    Comment by Kim — September 30, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    • I have no idea how these are pollinated. I see them so seldom that I haven’t particularly noticed insects on them; now I have another thing to watch for. I have frequently seen insects on Harebells, but can’t remember any on yellow bells or Kinnikinnik.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  12. They look so expectant…


    Comment by burstmode — October 2, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    • At that elevation, they were already getting ready for the cold night temperatures of fall. By now they will have weathered several pretty good frosts.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

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