Montana Outdoors

July 5, 2018

Still catching up – 3

Group 3 of additional 2018 wildflowers blooming in May & June:

large mountain monkey-flower

Large Mountain Monkey-flower ~ erythranthe tilingii

Grand Collomia, Large-flower Mountain-trumpet

Large-flower Mountain-trumpet ~ collomia grandiflora

Pyramid Spirea

Pyramid Spirea ~ spiraea pyramidata


Mock-orange ~ philadelphus lewisii

Silky Lupine

Silky Lupine ~ lupinus sericeus

Birch-leaved Spirea

Birch-leaved Spirea ~ spiraea betulifolia

Bluebell of Scotland

Bluebell of Scotland ~ campanula rotundifolia

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle ~ lonicera ciliosa


Kinnikinnik ~ arctostaphylos uva-ursi


  1. You may have presented that large-flower mountain-trumpet in the past, but I don’t remember it. I think those blue-tipped stamens are just the best! And I’ve been hoping to see the flower with the funny name again — the Kinnikinnik. The delicacy of the spireas is appealing, too. Are they all as heavily scented as the spirea I grew up with — the so-called “Bridal wreath”?

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 5, 2018 @ 9:07 pm

    • I like the trumpets too. For me their color scheme is very nice. The kinnikinnik has been a favorite since I was a kid. It’s an evergreen, and the berries, although tasteless to me, are part of the diet of birds, especially Blue Grouse. I have Bridal Wreath here at the house and it has much more scent than I’ve noticed on the spirea. There’s another spirea that I haven’t encountered this year, called “Sub alpine Spirea”. It’s pink and it seems to have a little more scent. It grows at higher elevations and it’s plentiful on the shores of Blossom Lake on the Montana/Idaho border and I think that’s where the lake name came from.


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2018 @ 9:38 pm

  2. These close-ups really make us aware of the beauty of the plants that we often just pass by and don’t notice.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 5, 2018 @ 9:51 pm

    • Yes, so many wildflowers live in their own little world and don’t receive much attention. Making them visible in pictures is one of my goals and maybe some folks will look closer when they are outdoors. They certainly make the forest even more enjoyable.

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      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2018 @ 10:08 pm

  3. Wow! It’s like another world over there in Montana..

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    Comment by Mother Hen — July 5, 2018 @ 10:52 pm

  4. Lovely one and all, but love the shape and color of the Bluebell of Scotland!

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    Comment by centralohionature — July 6, 2018 @ 3:30 am

    • That bluebell is a mid and late summer bloomer and varies in color from deep blue to light blue. Both shades are pretty.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

  5. Super shots

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    Comment by Carol — July 6, 2018 @ 6:06 am

  6. Several of these look very similar to some in our residential gardens. Amazing how flowers on the opposite sides of the world can be of the same family. The Honeysuckle, Bluebell and Spiraeas in particular.

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    Comment by Vicki — July 6, 2018 @ 7:22 am

    • It would be fascinating to know how many of the species have travelled over the world and also why some have only limited distributions. They’re all pretty though!


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 7:48 am

  7. All so pretty and dainty!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — July 6, 2018 @ 8:32 am

    • These are larger than most. The honeysuckle is the largest of the group except the lupine.

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 8:07 pm

  8. Our monkey flower is blue but it looks much the same as yours.
    I don’t recognize either spirea but you can tell they’re in that family.
    I like that lupine!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 6, 2018 @ 3:21 pm

    • We don’t have the blue monkey flower here, but we have pink and also (rarely) a tri-color.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

  9. These are all beautiful Terry. I don’t think I have ever seen the Large-flower Mountain-trumpet ~ collomia grandiflora in person. It is so beautiful, graceful and I love the little violet blue anthers(?).
    Lovely summer to you too!

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    Comment by Tammie — July 6, 2018 @ 9:24 pm

    • The trumpets are on tall stems, but not very large. The seem to like dry somewhat open areas. I saw more today, so they are probably in their peak blooming season right now.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2018 @ 9:59 pm

  10. Beautiful pictures! Such pretty flowers all around! You have a good eye for capturing them.

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    Comment by M.B. Henry — July 9, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

    • Thank you. I try my best to show the real beauty of the flowers, at least as I see it. They are beautiful and fascinating when you think of their individual choices of habitat and the relationships they have with insects and often other plants. Some grow fairly close to inhabited areas, but some also can be found only on mountains trails miles from the nearest road access and those are special ones to me.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2018 @ 4:54 pm

  11. Love the second Spirea, it seems familiar somehow. All very pretty. I can see where the Mock Orange got its name.

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    Comment by Candace — July 10, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

    • You have probably encountered that spirea. It is very plentiful when it blooms. The mock orange was a favorite of my mother. The large splashes of white blossoms really brighten up the hillsides.

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      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2018 @ 7:29 pm

  12. Such a beautiful collection of flowers … wonderful! Iā€™m sure you could publish a wildflower book šŸ™‚

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — July 12, 2018 @ 1:54 am

    • Thank you Julie. I’ve thought about that, but I cover only a small area and there would be many species not covered. I could contribute pictures though in collaboration with others in the region.

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      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2018 @ 7:28 am

  13. Thank You revealing the secrets of your (our) nature and making them live.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 17, 2018 @ 12:30 am

    • I enjoy finding and photographing wildflowers. I’m glad that you enjoy seeing them.


      Comment by montucky — July 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

  14. I’m glad that you visited the United States. We all really aren’t as crazy as our current president.


    Comment by Shelley — July 24, 2018 @ 7:55 am

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