Montana Outdoors

May 23, 2018

Small-flowered Penstemons

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:46 pm

Yesterday on a hike on the Spring Creek trail I found some of (I think) the prettiest wildflowers in bloom: Penstemons. A close-up look at them always stirs my imagination and I adore the subtle and delightful colors. Their faces make me think of festive little clowns.

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon ~ penstemon procerus

Indian Paintbrush

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:52 am

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Common Red Paintbrush, also called Scarlet Indian Paintbrush ~ Castilleja miniata

It seems a little early for these to bloom here, but they are at a low elevation on a sunny hillside in a sheltered canyon and seem to be in full bloom. The species name miniata refers to the scarlet red color “minium”, an oxide of lead.

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