Montana Outdoors

June 12, 2012

“On moist outcroppings…”

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:00 pm

A few days ago on a short bike trip on a lightly traveled road along the river, some small specks of white caught my eye. They decorated an area of sharp cliffs that had a seep of water trickling down over them. I stopped and a closer look disclosed these pretty little blossoms of a species of saxifrage that I had never before encountered. (Just when you think you’ve seen them all.) My favorite plant book notes under Ecology: “Scattered at low to subalpine elevations mostly in wet Columbia Mountains on moist rock outcrops, damp soil and streambanks”.

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage

Alaska saxifrage, Russethair saxifrage, Rusty saxifrage, Saxifraga ferruginea

(Found in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territory)

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