Montana Outdoors

June 10, 2012


Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:47 pm

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Skyrocket, Scarlet Gilia, Ipomopsis aggregate


  1. That is a really beautiful flower! True red is a bit unusual in the wild.


    Comment by kateri — June 10, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    • I’ve noticed that too. I will post a few photos later of Indian Paintbrush which is also red and they seem to have deeper color this year.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

  2. I love that top photo. The colors really pop!


    Comment by Roberta — June 11, 2012 @ 5:55 am

    • The color of the paints seems to be especially deep this year. They are really pretty!


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  3. Beautiful. Red is my favorite color and a favorite of hummingbirds too. It isn’t seen that much in wild flowers at least that’s been my experience so when you do find it it does “pop” from it’s environment.


    Comment by anniespickns — June 11, 2012 @ 6:43 am

  4. Another stunner! Well done!


    Comment by Kim — June 11, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    • They are very pretty blossoms. I don’t see lots of them though.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  5. Wow, that’s a real beauty! I can’t think of a single red wildflower other than trillium that I’ve seen this spring-they’re scarce.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 11, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    • There aren’t that many red wildflowers, are there. The other bright red that we have here is the paintbrush.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

  6. Gorgeous — I’m wondering if it is frequented by hummingbirds, and if so, what kind??


    Comment by Sue — June 11, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    • I don’t see a large number of these flowers, but I seem to remember seeing Calliope hummingbirds visit them.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  7. I can see why hummingbirds would like skyrocket. I didn’t recognize the name, but looked it up, and did recognize scarlett gilia for


    Comment by sandy — June 11, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  8. I hit the wrong button when I was trying to take away a T! Scarlet Gilia is in southwest guide to wildflowers. I love the color!


    Comment by sandy — June 11, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    • It’s a flower that I always look forward to seeing. It is a very pleasing color!


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 12:02 am

  9. What a magnificent plant!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 11, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, You sure do have a great way of photographing flowers! Well-done! Have a super nice Tuesday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 11, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

  11. Really unusual and dramatic – lovely images.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 12, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    • “Dramatic” is a good word for them.They are sure bright!


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

  12. so very gorgeous! I have never seen this flower.


    Comment by Tammie — June 12, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    • At least in this area they don’t seem to be either numerous or widespread. I’ve only seen them in a couple locations.


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  13. What an absolute beauty. I was going to say that we don’t have many red wildflowers, but I went looking and discovered quite a few. We have the Indian paintbrush, of course, but I identified another I’ve often seen but didn’t know – the Turk’s cap.

    Red is such a vibrant, happy color. It’s nice to see some here!


    Comment by shoreacres — June 13, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    • I had never heard of the Turk’s cap, but when I looked it up I can see it’s a beauty! Now that’s a good clear red too!


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  14. Another very aptly and colorfully named wildflower.


    Comment by Candace — June 13, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  15. Amazing photos from this flower which is not here.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 14, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    • They are right at the peak of their season now. They have had a good year.


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2012 @ 8:12 am

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