Montana Outdoors

May 14, 2012

Back to the wildflowers

Our wildflowers are blooming now faster than I can post their pictures! I shall try to catch up!

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca, May 1

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Field Balm

Ground-ivy, Creeping Charlie, Field Balm, Glechoma hederacea, May 2

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, Berberis aquifolium, May 1


Unidentified, May 2

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker’s Fairybells, Disporum hooker, May 2


  1. Beautiful photos! I am no expert on wild flowers but I would say the ‘unidentified’ species looks like a kind of viburnum.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — May 15, 2012 @ 1:34 am

    • We do have three species of viburnum here and Viburnum ellipticum looks pretty close. I will take a closer look at these again as they mature a little more: that’s a good possibility. Thanks!


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  2. What are the leaves like on the unID white flower?


    Comment by Kim — May 15, 2012 @ 5:23 am

  3. That is great color in those violets. Mine never seem quite the same in the photos. Your unidentified plant might be Northern (snow) Bedstraw. Look at it, and see what you think.


    Comment by sandy — May 15, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    • Galium boreale? I will take a closer look next time out. It sure looks a lot like it and I have a photo from last year that I tentatively identified as that.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

  4. The violets and ground ivy we have here and I wish we had the others, especially the fairy bells. I’ve never seen or heard of them.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 15, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    • This species is native to the western part of the US, Canada and around the Great Lakes. They are small, but a beautiful little bush and quite plentiful in shady canyons this time of year. There’s a similar species I see that lives farther east, but no farther than New York.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  5. Superb photos of beautiful flowers!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — May 15, 2012 @ 8:02 am

  6. Beautiful shots with such detail. Just love the violets and are favorites of mine.


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 15, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    • I really like the violets too. Each spring we have hundreds of them in our yard, but they just aren’t the same as these forest varieties though.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  7. Beautiful shots! Beautiful flowers! 🙂


    Comment by allbymyself09 — May 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    • Thanks Barbara! I wouldn’t miss wildflower season for anything!


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  8. Love the violets … you even captured the fuzz! I wonder if your Fairybells are related to my bellworts? I will have to go get a better look at my flowers.


    Comment by bearyweather — May 15, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    • I’m not familiar with bellworts, but I see they are in the same family, Liliaceae.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

  9. The fairy bells look so fragile and tender, but are so pretty.


    Comment by kateri — May 15, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    • They are small and fragile, but quite hardy. I’ve seen them get stomped pretty good with a late snow and yet recover just fine.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  10. It’s good to see that you’ve kicked into floral high gear. I know that feeling of having too many pictures to post.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — May 15, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    • It’s a nice problem to have, isn’t it! I’m not enough of a botanist to be able to identify plants easily and so that takes a whole lot of time.


      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

  11. Oh, I so love little violets. We have them here too. The unidentified one – whatever it is – is very pretty. 🙂


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 16, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

    • Violets and an institution all to themselves, aren’t they! I was so excited when I found them growing wild and that we also have yellow ones and a couple of species of white.


      Comment by montucky — May 16, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  12. Fairyslippers, fairybells, sounds like a springtime fairyland there. They’re all so awesome. How fun to have tons of photos to post.


    Comment by Candace — May 16, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    • It’s not hard to get excited about wildflowers. I think it’s the adult version of an Easter egg hunt! There are so many species and they spread out their bloom across several months; yes, it’s fun to have those photos to post, but so many happen at a time that it’s easy to overlook some.


      Comment by montucky — May 16, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  13. I did find something familiar among Your photos – Oregon Grape. We had them many years them in our small flower garden, but then my wife decided to change them to roses.


    Comment by Sartenada — May 17, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

    • I like seeing the Oregon grape in the forests or along the streams, but in a flower garden I would prefer roses too!


      Comment by montucky — May 18, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  14. Lovely pictures as ever. Your ground ivy is particularly eye catching, I’ve been photographing the same species in Cambridge, UK, for an imminent post. As in Montana, many species of wild flowers are now in bloom here. It’s a geat time for photography!


    Comment by Finn Holding — May 20, 2012 @ 1:49 am

    • The weather and the wildflowers blooming makes this my favorite time of the year.


      Comment by montucky — May 20, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

  15. Appreciate the dandelions. A beautiful unappreciated flower. Also loved the chokecherry flowers. May I reproduce any of your photos for my own use if I give you credit?


    Comment by Georgiaday Hall — May 21, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

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