Montana Outdoors

May 9, 2018

Odds and ends

Our wildflowers here have been catching up with their blooming cycles and it’s hard to keep up with finding and photographing them. Here are some of the more recent ones.

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahersis

Oregon boxleaf, boxwood

Oregon Boxleaf ~ Paxistima myrsinites

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis


  1. You sure have a huge variety of wildflowers in your area.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 9, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

    • I have identified over 200 different species in just the small area through which I roam (about 2,000 square miles), and I’m sure there are some that I haven’t seen yet. It’s an incredible assortment. I wish I could cover the whole state (147,000 square miles).

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2018 @ 6:45 pm

  2. I especially like the waxy look of the Lanceleaf Springbeauty but they’re all pretty, of course.

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    Comment by Candace — May 9, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

    • That’s the only Springbeauty that I’ve ever seen growing in the water of a spring.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

  3. I note you mention 200 different species in reply to a comment above. That’s well worth living in Montana just for the wildflowers alone 🙂
    Many are so dainty and tiny.
    Do many have have nice perfumes?

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    Comment by Vicki — May 9, 2018 @ 9:54 pm

    • They are a big part of the beauty of nature, at least for me. Rather sadly though they are overlooked by a majority of people. Many do have nice scents even though they are so small.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

  4. Hi Montucky, A pretty series as usual! You are very talented at taking close-ups of blossoms! Lucky you have such gorgeous flowers on your trails in your area. Have a wonderful day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 10, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    • Thanks! I get a lot of pleasure from seeing and photographing wildflowers. You have a good day too!


      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2018 @ 7:18 pm

  5. I see what you mean about the honeysuckle. The flowers look just like those on the fly honeysuckle.
    The boxleaf is interesting, it reminds me of the black flowers on the black swallow wort (Cynanchum louiseae.)
    I love that clematis!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 10, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

    • The boxleaf flowers are tiny, and the plants that I have seen here are just small shrubs, but I read somewhere that it got its name because they mad boxes of the wood, so there must be a larger species.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2018 @ 7:20 pm

  6. Isn’t it funny how quickly things change? Even here, where spring got a nice start a couple of months (or more) ago, I have the sense of too much happening, too quickly — at least, too quickly for me to keep up with it. I recognized the arnica before I read the name, and I really enjoyed the clematis. We have one that’s similar in color and shape — and I already found some going to seed last weekend!

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 10, 2018 @ 6:29 pm

    • Yes, when things began to happen the did so quickly! Interesting that you are seeing some already going to seed, although the dandelions are seeding now here too.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

  7. The first two are so delicate .. love the pink anther it looks so pretty against the white. A lovely array of wildflowers

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — May 13, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

    • So many of the wildflowers are small and delicate. I think that explains at least part of their attraction. Think of how popular they would be were they ten times their size.

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      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2018 @ 8:26 pm

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