Montana Outdoors

May 31, 2012

Polemonium, Smilacina, Antennaria, Senecio

Showy polemonium,  Jacob's-ladder

Showy polemonium,  Jacob's-ladder

Showy polemonium,  Jacob's-ladder

Showy polemonium, Jacob’s-ladder, Polemonium pulcherrimum, May 20

Star-flowered False Solomon's-seal, Wild lily of the valley

Star-flowered False Solomon’s-seal, Wild lily of the valley, Smilacina stellata, May 20

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal, Smilacina racemes, May 21

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes, Antennaria neglecta, May 21

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel

Western Groundsel, Senecio integerrimus, May 21


  1. Yes, they’re all wonderful, everyone. But I have to say – those field pussytoes! I can’t stop laughing, not only at the name, but at the fact that the name is so perfect. I just went over and irritated the cat by giving her toes a look. Yep – the flower deserves the name!


    Comment by shoreacres — May 31, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    • It’s another plant that is very well named. There’s also a “Rosy” pussytoes that will bloom a little later that’s very pretty (a little more colorful) and similar in design.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  2. We have something that looks like false solomon’s seal blooming in our woods right now. I will have to take a closer look and figure out what it is, exactly. Love your wildflower photos as always!


    Comment by kateri — May 31, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

    • We have lots of it here, but there is one place that seems to specialize in it for some reason, and there the blossoms are larger and prettier than anywhere else.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2012 @ 8:38 am

  3. Interesting to see, – they look a bit the same as here though still different. Are they all harmless, or do they have some kind of poisoning defense?


    Comment by Giiid — June 1, 2012 @ 1:50 am

    • These are all harmless. but when they leaves of the first one are crushed they produce a skunky odor.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2012 @ 8:45 am

  4. Fantastic beautiful set of photos from flowers. Quite many are not found in Finland, but there are two: Polemonium and Antennaria. Antennaria we have in our garden and some more precisely under my eyes.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 1, 2012 @ 2:41 am

    • I find it very interesting that those two are found there.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2012 @ 8:49 am

  5. Great shots of these flowers! According to the USDA your Jacob’s ladder doesn’t grow here, which is too bad because it’s a beauty. Your star flowered Solomon’s seal is certainly more showy than those I’ve found here and that’s a beautiful shot of the false Solomon’s seal. Your pussytoes seem quite far behind ours, which have already gone to seed. The western groundsel is another one I’d like to see jump the river and head east. I’ve got to get into the woods-they’re saying rain all weekend and most of next week.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 1, 2012 @ 6:23 am

    • It seems in general that our plants are far behind those in your area in bloom times. I wish I knew more about the mechanisms that trigger their bloom. That might even give some clues about past climate conditions in the region. The Solomon’s seal plants here do very well in canyons that have streams in them, although not right next to the streams themselves. Groundsel is really pretty right now adding lots of color to the edges of the forest. Its stems grow up to two feet and the blossoms have a good chance to display above the lower growing plants and grasses. Jacob’s ladder is not widespread in this area and I don’t know why that is.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  6. Hi Montucky, That photo of the Pussy-Toes is stunningly wonderful and rich! I sure do like your pictures of the blossoms and plants! Don’t get me wrong – scenic views are good too. Ha! Have a fine day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 1, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    • It’s a pretty little plant, isn’t it! I’m glad that you like the flowers!


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2012 @ 8:57 am

  7. Excellent photos…not even going to try to pick a favorite!


    Comment by dhphotosite — June 1, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    • Thanks! That’s something I like about wildflowers: they are so radically different that they seldom compete with each other.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

  8. All are so very beautiful and such a wonderful variety. I really like the Field Pussytoes!


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 1, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    • The variety of wildflowers is astounding to me. It seems like from early spring until late fall there is always something blooming, and we actually have a very short growing season here.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  9. Beautiful shots like always. I have the false solomon seal growing right now .. the pussytoes will be around shortly. The others are new to me …


    Comment by bearyweather — June 2, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    • I think our climates are quite similar. I’m fascinated at learning what’s growing where, when!


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

  10. Now you’re really going to town—actually away from town, I imagine—with wildflowers. Of the three species of Senecio that grow in Austin, two have been reclassified to the genus Packera. Somehow I don’t think the flowers care.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 2, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    • Yes, the blooms have been coming fast, but I’ve very afraid that some won’t bloom at all this year by the looks of it. Don’t know if it was the late hard freeze we had or the bad dry spell.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

  11. Your lovely photos of the Jacobs Ladder got me wondering – are you ever tempted to rearrange things a bit, like picking off spent blooms, before shooting? (I see you resisted this time, if you are.)


    Comment by Kim — June 2, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    • I usually don’t do anything to the flowers I photograph. I often remove dry pine needles from the background because they show up so easily, but prefer to show the flowers themselves as natural as possible. Most of the time I can find a pristine subject for a photo.


      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  12. Hard to pick a fave from all of these but I guess I like the showy polemonium best. However, the pussytoes are pretty cute.


    Comment by Candace — June 3, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    • There are so many that are pretty, I have a hard time ranking my favorites.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  13. The last shot is definitely my favorite of these. 🙂


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 5, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    • I’m glad you liked it. I usually have a hard time deciding which photos to post.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

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