This morning before the temperature climbed too far toward its eventual high in the 90’s I hiked a ways (about two and a half miles) up the Munson Creek trail (USFS trail # 372) toward Big Hole Peak. Almost at the start I noticed that the array of wildflower species there was remarkably different from the ones on the Spring Creek trail on which I hiked just two days ago and which is only about 9 miles to the east. Interesting, and not entirely explainable by a steeper trail and a slightly higher elevation.
Today’s post will feature the purples.
Western Mountain Aster ~ Symphyotrichum spathulatum
As the name “Nodding Onion ~ Allium cernuum” implies, these could be detected by smell before their appearance.
Wild Bergamot ~ Monarda fistulosa, well known for its pleasant smell.
It’s hard to resist a picture of the “Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell ~ Campanula rotundifolia” when they pose so nicely.
Pinkfairy, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin ~ Clarkia pulchella