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

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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.

May 22, 2018

Upland Larkspur

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Upland Larkspur


Upland Larkspur ~ delphinium nuttallianum

Larkspur is another plant that is toxic to cattle and highly toxic to humans. Interestingly, it doesn’t affect sheep and so sheep can be used to eradicate it from restricted ranges.

May 20, 2018


Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:18 pm

Sascatoon, Western Serviceberry

Saskatoons, Western Service berries

Saskatoon, Western Serviceberry ~ amelanchier alnifolia

These blossoms are among my favorites for three reasons. They are pretty in their own right, the shrubs get up to 15 feet tall and decorate the spring landscape with large splashes of white in the spring, and the berries are my favorite of all the wild berries (despite containing a lot of small seeds).

The plump purple berries have a light taste, but at their peak of ripeness they are sweet and juicy with a taste that is unexplainably pleasant. The locals here call them Service Berries and pronounce it “Sarvice Berries” for some reason I never did understand. The best way to eat them is not one berry at a time, but to pick a whole big handful and pop them in your mouth all at once. You will experience a big rush of their unique flavor and juicy sweetness.

May 18, 2018

Large-flowered Tritelia

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Large-flowered Tritelia

Large-flowered Tritelia ~ triteleia grandiflora

May 17, 2018

Sticky Geranium (with and without friends)

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Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium

Sticky Geranium ~ Geranium viscosissimum

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