Montana Outdoors

June 4, 2012

Back to the flowers

Red-osier Dogwood

Red-osier Dogwood, Cornus stolonifera, May 27

Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard

Yellow Salsify, Goat’s Beard, Tragopogon dubious, May 27

Yarrow, Milfoil

Yarrow, Milfoil, Achillea millefolium, May 27

Hound's Tongue, Gypsy Flowe

Hound’s Tongue, Gypsy Flower ~ Cynoglossum official, May 26


Dunno, May 21

Thread-leaved Phacelia, Thread-leaf Scorpion-weed

Thread-leaved Phacelia, Thread-leaf Scorpion-weed, Phacelia liners, May 30

White Campion, Bladder Campion

White Campion, Bladder Campion

White Campion, Bladder Campion, Silene latifolia, May 30


  1. I can never decide which angle to approach white campion from with the camera. To fully see the petals, you hide the bladder. To fully see the bladder, you get the petals edge-on. Go in between, and you do justice to neither the petals nor the bladder. But you sure seemed to pull it off in that last shot. Hats off to you!


    Comment by jomegat — June 4, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    • Thanks! (1/60 at f22 – with flash). They sure are pretty flowers, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

  2. Wow, the dogwood blossoms look like they could be made of glass or ceramic, they’re so glossy.

    I think I recognize your “dunno” but am blanking on the name. Can it be Valerian?


    Comment by Kim — June 4, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    • The blossoms sure look like Valerian, but the stem and leaves are different. At the moment, I’m leaning toward Northern Bedstraw.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

      • I wouldn’t have guessed bedstraw for the “dunno”, but that’s because I’ve never looked at them quite as close as your macros, so miss most of the detail in the smaller ones. It’s a fun puzzle to try to recognize familiar flowers in such magnification. And often without leaves to help out with the ID.


        Comment by Kim — June 6, 2012 @ 8:20 am

        • Yes it’s fun to try to ID flowers but it takes a lot of time. I do have photos with leaves and I’m trying to remember to get those shots especially of flowers new to me.


          Comment by montucky — June 6, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  3. The fuzziness of the Hounds Tongue make it unique … a flower I have not seen before. I do not know your “dunno”… but it reminds me of very tiny Easter Lilies. Scorpion-weed is also new to me … and very pretty. Curious about the name, though … does it sting? Are all of these plants native to Montana or some some of them considered invasive species?


    Comment by bearyweather — June 5, 2012 @ 2:23 am

    • Hound’s tongue is actually an invasive weed, but it’s rather pretty. The Campion is also an introduced species from Europe. The others, I believe, are native. I don’t know the origin of the “Scorpion-weed” name. I saw that listed on the Burke Museum website but there was not an explanation: elsewhere it just goes by “Thread-leaved Phacelia”.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

      • Is the scorpion weed named because the curl of the inflorescence is remniscent of the scorpion’s curled tail?


        Comment by Kim — June 6, 2012 @ 8:22 am

        • I hadn’t read that, but it makes sense!


          Comment by montucky — June 6, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

          • I could be confusing it with another plant with scorpion in its name, though…


            Comment by Kim — June 7, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    • Be thrilled to have not come across the hounds tongue(beggers lice) in person, it is NASTY! I spent about an hour yesterday trying to rid an area of my propert yof what was going to seed. There are still seedlings, but I find them easier to pull once they get larger and way easier to identify once the are flowering.


      Comment by Carol — June 6, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  4. Nice pictures, I love plants and flowers. They are all unknown to be except the Achillea millefolium and the last one, that is usually pink here.


    Comment by bentehaarstad — June 5, 2012 @ 4:40 am

  5. Now I’m confused – is “Dunno” the name of the flower, or another word for “unidentified”? Whichever, it’s a lovely thing! And the last photo of the white campion is great!


    Comment by shoreacres — June 5, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    • Unidentified, as in “I dunno!” I’m thinking at the moment that it is Northern Bedstraw though. Campion really stand our in a green meadow!


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  6. Great shots! Our red twig dogwoods seem to be a little late this year, which is strange. I’ve seen a lot of buds, but no blooms. Our campion, yarrow and showy yellow goat’s beard is at about the same place yours is. I’m not too sure about the rest of them. Hound’s tongue grows here but I don’t remember ever seeing it. Could be it goes by other names here.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 5, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    • I think the name “Hound’s tongue” is a bit of a stretch so I wouldn’t be surprised if it has other names as well. It’s pretty common just about all over the US I think. I see very little of it here.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

      • The strap-like leaves give the name Hounds Tongue. Seems apt to me.


        Comment by Kim — June 6, 2012 @ 8:24 am

  7. Do I detect more rain!! The hound’s tongue must be in the same family as comfrey, it looks so much like it. I will be back to see what dunno is, later!


    Comment by sandy — June 5, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    • Yes, we are having more rain. We had a great thunderstorm last night and quite a bit of rain today. We sure needed it!


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  8. Those red-osier dogwood are one strange looking thingamabobs. Kinda scary, I can see movies being made of them overtaking the world like the Blob. And the Hound’s Tongue looks so mysterious, like cloak and dagger, skulking around dark allyways and melting into the night, but it is so beautiful too.


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — June 5, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    • Come to think of it, Hound’s Tongue does look a little ominous, and it does like to stay in the shadows of taller brush and trees. The dogwood blossom is similar to several other shrub blossoms. The clumps combined with the red branches of the bush are pretty distinctive.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  9. I’m with Kim on this one — the dogwood especially looks ceramic. All the shots are fantastically beautiful!!


    Comment by allbymyself09 — June 5, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    • Thanks Barbara. The countryside is now full of blossoms with many more yet to come.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  10. Really super shots here Montucky…well done!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — June 5, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    • Thanks David! It’s fun when it’s difficult to keep up with the blooms!


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  11. “Dunno”. Hehe I love you, Dad!


    Comment by juls — June 5, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  12. The hounds tongue is a noxious weed, toxic to horses. So Homestead Rambling’s description is particularly apt, though I don’t find them beautiful. More menacing. And darned hard to pull out.


    Comment by Kim — June 5, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    • I have seen only a few plants in this area, usually at the brushy edge of pastures. Haven’t tried to pull one up.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  13. Love the Hounds Tongue, especially. The Dunno is nice, too. 🙂


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 5, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    • I’m becoming convinced that the “dunno” is a species of Bedstraw, probably Galium boreale. My favorite wildflower book “Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia and the Inland Northwest”, recounts a legend about it that the Virgin Mary lay on a bed that was a mixture of bracken and Galium verum. The bracken did not acknowledge the Child’s birth and lost its flowers but the bedstraw welcomed the Child and blossomed.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  14. All are fantastic shots. I especially like the first photo of the Red-osier Dogwood…. as it is glossy… wow!


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 5, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  15. I have been with (identified, planted, done root cuttings,etc.) with red osier dogwood and never have I seen a more glorious photograph or image of any sort. Spectacular!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — June 5, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    • Thanks Bill! The old road that runs in front of our house has lots of it along the upper bank. It’s pretty stuff when it blooms and I think a very attractive plant all summer.


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

  16. That is quite a collection of beauties… I especially like the gypsy flower. I’ve never seen one… unless you have posted before and I have forgotten!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 5, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    • I may have posted a photo of it in the past. It is not a very popular plant, but I think it’s pretty when in bloom. It can be pretty nasty when in seed because the seeds stick to everything!


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

      • And those sticky seeds are how this weed gets spread, so even if you don’t like to disrupt nature, this is a good one to pull when you find it. Or at least break off the flower stems before they go to seed. (Of course they’ll just pop out more flowers later, but perhaps not as vigorous.)


        Comment by Kim — June 6, 2012 @ 8:27 am

  17. Lovely, lovely pictures, especially the white campion which is one of my favourite flowers and it’s in bloom over here at the moment. And you’ve made the yarrow look interesting too 🙂


    Comment by Finn Holding — June 7, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    • There is a large grassy meadow at the trail head for one of my favorite trails and in it grow many campions. They make an unforgettable scene with their striking white amidst all of the green!


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

      • It is that titanium whiteness which makes them so special and stand out. Do you have the red one and the pink ones too?


        Comment by Finn Holding — June 10, 2012 @ 4:27 am

        • We do not, or at least I’ve not seen them locally. I bet those are pretty!


          Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

          • They are very pretty, especially when they’re mixed in with the white ones. I’ll try to post some pictures of them in the next couple of weeks.


            Comment by Finn Holding — June 11, 2012 @ 1:22 am

  18. It was so interesting to notice among Your great photos some flower which are here in Finland:

    Achillea millefolium – in Finland.

    Cynoglossum official – in Finland, but I have not seen or not so sure.

    Silene latifolia – in Finland.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 9, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    • It’s very interesting to me that you have all of those flowers there!


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  19. interesting assortment; I like the dogwood, yarrow and gypsy flower.


    Comment by Anonymous — June 9, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    • It’s always interesting to me to see which flowers are blooming at any given time. I wonder if their blooming times might be scheduled to take best advantage of their pollinators’ availability too.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

  20. guess I did not sign in above!!


    Comment by skouba — June 9, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

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