Montana Outdoors

June 24, 2014

Skyrocket ~ Just in time for the 4th

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:05 pm

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Skyrocket ~ Ipomopsis aggregata


  1. What a gorgeous plant, love the tip. I am off to the internet to see if I can get this to thrive in my garden.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — June 24, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    • I read somewhere that they can be grown from seed, but it would take a very dry place that gets full sun. I see them on south-facing, rocky hillsides and there are usually a few in sandy areas on the river bank.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

  2. I wonder how many people mistake this for Indian Paintbrush.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — June 24, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    • Well, there aren’t very many flowers out there that are this red. The paints are blooming now too.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

  3. This is a really pretty flower.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 24, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  4. Ooooooh! Ahhhhhh! 😉


    Comment by jomegat — June 24, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    • I can never pass them up without a picture, and no two pictures turn out the same.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

  5. Happy Ipomopsis to you. By coincidence I’ve got a picture of our local Texas species planned for the 4th, with some white and blue thrown in for the occasion.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 24, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

  6. oh my my, these are gorgeous photos of this divine beauty!


    Comment by Tammie — June 24, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    • Thanks Tammie! It’s a very photogenic flower if you can get it to stand still.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

  7. Very nice! Another one not seen in Ohio. Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by centralohionature — June 25, 2014 @ 2:50 am

    • It doesn’t seem to grow east of Texas/Oklahoma. I always wonder about the limited growth area of some of the plants.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 8:06 am

  8. Nice color. What long blooms. I wonder if they produce nectar. If so someone is going to need a long tongue!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 25, 2014 @ 4:19 am

    • They do produce nectar and are pollinated mostly by hummingbirds and long-tongued moths, although I’ve read there are others as well.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 8:09 am

  9. Beautiful flowers.


    Comment by Vicki — June 25, 2014 @ 4:30 am

    • They are. They are fairly small, but their color makes them visible at quite a distance.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 8:10 am

  10. Yep, rockets red glare! Love these!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 25, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    • The “Skyrocket” name is a good one, isn’t it! The blossoms are atop long stems and their weight makes the stem bend over somewhat, making the flowers look like rockets as they reach the height of their travel.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 8:12 am

  11. Wow! What a beauty in red. You say it needs a dry location and lots of sun? Just might have that in Texas, but I think the altitude might be wrong! Thanks for posting. Happy trails.


    Comment by Beth — June 25, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    • Actually, USDA Plants shows Texas to be in the eastern-most of distribution area. These were at about 2800 feet in elevation.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 8:13 am

  12. Gorgeous. That little bud on the far right of the second photo is exquisite.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 25, 2014 @ 7:36 am

    • They are fun to photograph. The characteristics of the plant and the color make it nearly impossible to take a bad photo. If they were larger, they would be in gardens everywhere!


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 8:15 am

  13. Lovely image and subject Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 25, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

  14. Wow! What an appropriate plant for the 4th of July celebration.


    Comment by Sue — June 25, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

  15. So pretty. I wish everyone would just use them instead of shooting fireworks off.


    Comment by Candace — June 25, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    • I prefer them to fireworks too. And it would save $Millions that could be well used elsewhere.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

  16. Such beauties. And I very much like the way you have them framed against that “dark sky”! I did have to smile at that top photo. It reminds me a bit of some decorations I have for another holiday – Christmas poinsettias made of crab claws. The ornaments aren’t as pretty as your flowers, but the shapes certainly echo each other.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 25, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    • I guess in the top photo they do look like a Christmas decoration, perhaps on a package. It’s a little unusual for this flower to produce groups of blossoms like that, at least in my experience with them, but they do create all kinds of different looks.

      The dark background on these was mostly because the light was quite dim (heavy clouds) and my camera doesn’t do well in low light conditions. So I use flash and dial it down to a low level and with a very shallow depth of field the lens doesn’t “see” much background.


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

  17. Gorgeous flowers! The date seems to be correct!


    Comment by Sartenada — June 26, 2014 @ 2:39 am

    • I wonder if perhaps the flowers were some of the inspiration for the pyrotechnic kind.


      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2014 @ 7:57 am

  18. Hi Montucky, I am oohing and aching over your gorgeous series of floral photographs! Excellent! I thought of your work when I was trying to shoot pictures of flowers in Yellowstone days ago when I was there. Hard for me due to the long lens I perpetually use. Have a wonderful coming week!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 29, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! Yes, a long lens can make photographing most wildflowers difficult, but you can get some good shots with it on the taller ones.


      Comment by montucky — June 29, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

  19. I only came across these a few times up in the Wasatch…even found some that were white to light pink in color…don’t know if they were just older blooms or if they were another phenotype or even another species altogether. Nice photos, Terry.


    Comment by seekraz — July 1, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    • I haven’t seen any in white but I bet those are pretty!


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

      • I went back and looked at my photos again and found that they’re just pink…maybe they’re not the same flower, but they look very similar. I’ll have a post for you shortly. 🙂


        Comment by seekraz — July 1, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

  20. […] Outdoors and noted that I had some images that were similar to his recently posted photographs of Skyrockets.  I thought I remembered seeing some in white and pink, but could only find these in pink.  They […]


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