Montana Outdoors

June 23, 2017

Clarkia

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 5:18 pm

Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin ~ Clarkia pulchella

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  1. Another new flower for me โ€” and such interesting names ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Comment by Sally — June 23, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

    • I can understand the other two, but “Ragged Robin”?
      The USDA “Plants” website shows this in BC but not in Alberta. Strange.

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      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2017 @ 6:44 pm

      • I checked my AB plant books โ€” not a single species of Clarkia. Guess I’ll just have to travel to MT if I want to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Comment by Sally — June 23, 2017 @ 10:36 pm

        • I had photographed wildflowers for about 5 years before I saw one of these, and then it was just one single blossom. Now that I know the time they bloom and the places they prefer I see hundreds, as I did today.

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          Comment by montucky — June 23, 2017 @ 10:41 pm

          • Isn’t that neat when you discover something new! That happened to me with spotted coralroot orchids last year โ€” found several lovely bunches along a cow trail on our neighbour’s quarter. Never seen them on our place โ€” then within a couple of weeks I found 3 patches, all within metres of our yard. Like you found, it helps to know when they bloom. ๐Ÿ™‚

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            Comment by Sally — June 23, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

            • With wildflowers, timing is critical. Many of our trails are quite aggressive and so I don’t visit all of them too often. When I visit at different times I see different species.

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              Comment by montucky — June 24, 2017 @ 8:02 am

  2. Wonderful creation by God and wonderful photo by your goodself. Congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — June 23, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

  3. What a great design. Three bumps on each of four petals. So many flowers have five petals and not with this distinct shape. Wonderful find!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 23, 2017 @ 5:40 pm

  4. I don’t suppose you found it on the “Clarkia Fork”? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 23, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

  5. You take such gorgeous pictures!

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    Comment by Sharon Huff — June 23, 2017 @ 6:19 pm

  6. This one is a stunner. It reminded me of staghorn fern at first glance. The color is wonderful. When I saw the tiny white bloom in the center, I wondered if the purple bits might be bracts rather than petals, but I found they are petals. I also discovered that it’s in the evening primrose family, so it’s a cousin to one of our most common spring flowers.

    When I went looking for the etymology of the word “robin,” I found this: “masculine proper name, from Old French Robin, diminutive of Robert (q.v.). Robin Goodfellow “sportive elf of the English countryside.” If I’ve ever seen a flower that could be described as a sportive elf, this would be the one!

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 24, 2017 @ 6:55 am

    • Did you notice the very odd distribution of this species? B.C, Ore, Wash, Idaho, Mont , Wyoming, S.D., – and then Ohio, Vermont, Connecticut, & Massachusetts. Sportive indeed and perhaps whimsical.

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      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2017 @ 8:06 am

  7. After many years of searching I finally found a ragged robin, and it was growing in a lawn! Ours are apparently much paler than yours and the petal shape is quite different as well. Interesting.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 24, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    • There are a huge amount of species under the clarkia genus, and the distribution of this species is very unusual.

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      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

  8. Very Nice Steve! Love the color and shape! Nice job!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — June 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

    • It’s a very unusual blossom, even for a wild flower. I haven’t found them to be widespread around here either, just a few places.

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      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

  9. Such an unusual shape, pretty color!

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    Comment by Candace — June 26, 2017 @ 9:37 pm

    • When I first saw one I thought it was rare, but I guess it isn’t; just very unusual.

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

  10. […] plants called ragged robin in the U.S., like the very beautiful Clarkia pulchella shown recently on Montuckyโ€™s blog, ย this particular plant was introduced from Europe into New England. It might have come as a […]

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    Pingback by Late June Flowers | New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 28, 2017 @ 2:08 am

  11. A beauty .. and I adore purple

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — June 29, 2017 @ 2:01 am


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