Montana Outdoors

June 7, 2015

They call it “Skyrocket”

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:17 pm

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket ~ Ipomopsis aggregata, Gilia aggregata ~ Phlox family



  1. Beautiful and vivid! I love how the names of certain flowers, plants, birds, etc. totally make sense and then others are like, “What???”


    Comment by Candace — June 7, 2015 @ 6:38 pm

    • Names like this one are appropriate and clear. I wonder if some of the others are very old names and we have lost the original meanings or at least spellings.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

  2. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by centralohionature — June 7, 2015 @ 7:49 pm

    • Thanks! This shade of red cannot go unnoticed, and they like to be in the sun rather than hidden among other foliage.


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

  3. The woods sparkle when these are blooming.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — June 7, 2015 @ 7:52 pm

  4. Great close-ups! What a bright colour!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 7, 2015 @ 7:55 pm

  5. That’s a Christmas card in waiting, that second view. It beats any commercially grown poinsettia, hands down. Both are lovely, but the second seems so elegant to me. I think it’s the backgound that makes the difference. It’s so lovely.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 7, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    • You know, I like almost all flowers, but somehow wild flowers seem more elegant, more special to me. Perhaps part of it is just awe at what the world produces all by itself, quietly, without fanfare or heraldry.


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

  6. I can see why they call it “skyrocket”! Even with its vibrant colour it still looks quite delicate and I agree with a previous commenter, “elegant.” You certainly know how to showcase your wildflowers. Beautiful. 🙂


    Comment by Jane — June 8, 2015 @ 1:42 am

    • Yes, they are very delicate, but somehow their survival strategy works for them. They grow in quite exposed places but I see them in those places every year. Wildflowers are a passion for me and therefore a pleasure to photograph.

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      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2015 @ 8:23 am

  7. How gorgeous is that flower….
    Great shot, Terry.


    Comment by Vicki — June 8, 2015 @ 2:50 am

  8. Those are beautiful flowers, and I’d bet the hummingbirds think so too!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 8, 2015 @ 3:25 am

    • I’d think the hummers would love them, although I seldom see one in the wild areas. Soon the wild honeysuckles will be in bloom and they are perfect for the hummers too.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2015 @ 8:26 am

  9. They kinda resemble are fire pinks that grow here Terry, very cool !!!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 8, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    • I had not seen the fire pinks, but after I looked them up I can see the resemblance. The color is almost exactly the same!


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2015 @ 6:28 pm

  10. Excellent detail, Terry….very nice.


    Comment by seekraz — June 9, 2015 @ 7:43 am

  11. What a finding! It is indeed very beautiful.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2015 @ 4:50 am

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