Montana Outdoors

June 12, 2013

Honeysuckle, Miterwort, Twinflower and a rose with a beard…

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Mitella stauropetala


Twinflower, Linnaea borealis

Woods Rose

Woods Rose, Rosa woodsii


  1. These are wonderful, but that orange honeysuckle is out of this world… hope you don’t mind that it’s my new screensaver…


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 12, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

  2. Did you string that moss from a nearby tree onto the rose? Or was it like that when you found it? It adds a nice touch.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 12, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    • No, I didn’t touch it. Thought it was rather cool! I think it’s hair lichen: the trees are covered with that in that area.


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

  3. I’ve never seen anything like the miterwort! And the honeysuckle (and the rose) are just glorious. We have feathery lichens here but nothing that grows quite like that one!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 12, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    • I have no idea what the strategy is for that miterwort. What a pattern though, isn’t it! I believe that lichen is called “Witch’s Hair”, Alectoria sarmentosa. It’s very common all over this region.


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

  4. How I love that picture of the crazy beauty Smallflower Miterwort! 🙂


    Comment by bentehaarstad — June 13, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    • It’s such a simple blossom, but I really like it too. It grows all on one tall stalk with leaves only at the base. The blossoms are very small and in among thick tall grasses they almost disappear.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  5. That honeysuckle might be a good place to get some shots of hummingbirds. I wish I could find twinflower and mitrewort, but I’ve never seen either one. The photo of the mitrewort is amazing-perfect background for that flower. It looks like the beard lichens do well in Montana, if that’s what is on the rose bush.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 13, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    • Twinflower should grow in your general area, and it just started to bloom here. It likes deep shade. Miterwort though occurs only in the northwestern states. I think the lichen is called “Witch’s Hair, Alectoria sarmentosa and USDA Plants doesn’t have its distribution. It is very widespread here in the old-growth forests.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

  6. I’m constantly amazed by the number of wildflowers that could be changed into gorgeous jewelry. That miterwort is a perfect example. I see opals, and silver filigree. 😉


    Comment by shoreacres — June 13, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    • Yes, I could easily see the miterwort pattern in jewelry. It is just so simple and elegant!


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

  7. Sooo many flowers out there that we don’t see everyday… very beautiful, esp the 1st one, very orange! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 13, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    • I tried to get the orange honeysuckle to grow in our flower bed but with no luck. It is plentiful in its natural settings though. The color is so vivid and the blossoms so large that they can be seen at quite a distance even in thick brushy surroundings.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  8. Wildflower bonanza!!!


    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — June 13, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    • I’m always amazed at the variety, and they seem to spread out their blooming times so there is always something new.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

  9. That Honeysuckle really stands out along the trail!


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — June 13, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    • It does. Kind of nice to have a wildflower that big for a change too.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, I love that Honeysuckle! Beautiful plant. Have a super Friday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 13, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

  11. Wonderful set of flower. All except Linnaea borealis are not found in Finland. Sigh!


    Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    • It’s interesting to see the different flowers in various parts of the world.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  12. I especially like the delicate small miterwort and the subtly pink woods roses.


    Comment by Candace — June 16, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    • I can’t pass up a chance to photograph the miterwort, but the rose is what really brightens up the woods.


      Comment by montucky — June 17, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

  13. The small flower miterwort photo is simply one of the best photographs I’ve ever seen. Wow!


    Comment by WildBill — June 17, 2013 @ 5:26 am

  14. These are just beautiful, especially the orange honeysuckle (i love orange).


    Comment by Sue — June 18, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    • That’s one of the brightest wildflowers in our forests. I like the color too!


      Comment by montucky — June 18, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  15. all your photos are gorgeous!!
    i love that miterwort image!


    Comment by Tammie — June 20, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

  16. Hello Montucky, thanks for your visit on my recent post. It is good to see your beautiful landscape again in a Summer mood. How pretty this garland of miterwort is ! One of Nature’s work of art so well captured.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — June 24, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    • Thanks Isa. Yes, summer has finally come to this area. It’s very welcome and all of the plant life and wildlife are celebrating!


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

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