Montana Outdoors

June 6, 2018

Skyrocket

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:16 am

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Skyrocket aka Scarlet Gilia ~ Ipomopsis aggregata

This is one of those wildflowers that I eagerly anticipate seeing every year in late spring: I never want to miss it. It grows on tall, slender stems that sway in the slightest breeze and likes full sun.

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  1. Wildflowers are so fleeting, they come and go quite quickly. But, I, too anticipate certain ones and what a treat when they show. Lovely photos here, montucky–with the black background they look like the skyrockets that they are.

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — June 6, 2018 @ 7:32 am

  2. Perfectly named!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 6, 2018 @ 8:18 am

  3. What a beautiful color! I don’t see many red flowers here.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 6, 2018 @ 3:44 pm

  4. What a beautiful flower.
    The side-on view in the 2nd image reminds me of the red Bolivian Fuchsia flowers I photographed in the Royal Botanic Gardens here.

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    Comment by Vicki — June 6, 2018 @ 6:35 pm

  5. Wowzer! I’d love to see this in the wild. Don’t think we have any in Alberta. Might have to plan a road trip to MT or BC. 😉

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    Comment by Sally — June 6, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

  6. It’s beautiful….as always. Nicely captured, Terry….and thank you for sharing them.

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    Comment by seekraz — June 6, 2018 @ 8:42 pm

    • Thank you Scott! This is one of the brightest and most vivid of our wildflowers so it’s always pleasant to find it.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2018 @ 8:53 pm

  7. This is such a beauty. I do enjoy red flowers, and this one’s a stunner. It reminds me a bit of our coral honeysuckle, because of the length of the flowers, but the coral honeysuckles I’ve seen don’t appear to come close to matching it for color.

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 6, 2018 @ 8:52 pm

    • It’s a favorite of mine. I like the color as well as the simplicity of the trumpet. I suspect the hummingbirds like it too. It likes full sun and a dry environment, but I can’t remember seeing it anywhere beside an opening in the forest.

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      Comment by montucky — June 6, 2018 @ 9:02 pm

  8. Like all the others that commented, I love the colour and shape of these flowers.

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    Comment by Candice — June 7, 2018 @ 12:59 am

    • I think we all agree. Each wildflower has its own unique and endearing qualities, doesn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2018 @ 7:41 am

  9. Wow, superb photos as well! That is such a stunning, vivid red!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 7, 2018 @ 1:01 am

  10. This is a beautiful flower and a wonderful photo.

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    Comment by llzranch — June 7, 2018 @ 6:39 am

    • Thank you! I think much of its beauty is in its simplicity: it doesn’t do a lot of things, but what it does it does well.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2018 @ 7:50 am

  11. So aptly named and so striking against the dark background.

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    Comment by Candace — June 8, 2018 @ 8:47 am

  12. WOW I love these! Beautiful composition.

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 8, 2018 @ 7:35 pm

    • Thanks! I always spend some time photographing these. They stir the imagination. These photos were taken in full sun, so it took a little experimenting.

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      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2018 @ 7:50 pm

  13. I would eagerly await its arrival too .. beautiful images!

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — June 10, 2018 @ 1:29 pm


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