Montana Outdoors

July 3, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (1)

A few weeks ago I created a number of posts to display the wildflowers that bloom in a Montana Spring. Spring has become summer, and new species have begun to bloom. I will begin now to catalog as many as I can as the wildflowers of summer.

Yellow Sweet-clover

Yellow Sweet-clover ~ Melilotus officinalis 6/20

Viper's Bugloss

Viper’s Bugloss ~ Echium vulgare 6/20


Fleabane 6/20

Narrow-leaved Collomia

Narrow-leaved Collomia ~ Collomia linearis 6/20

Mallow Ninebark

Mallow Ninebark

Mallow Ninebark ~ Physocarpus malvaceus 6/20

July 2, 2011

Mock Orange

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Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis’ Mock Orange ~ Philadelphus lewisii

July 1, 2011

Rosy Pussytoes

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Rosy Pussytoes

Rosy Pussytoes ~ Antennaria rosea – Sunflower family

June 26, 2011


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In 1806 the Corps of Discovery had to camp in Idaho for nearly a month to wait for the snow to melt in the Bitterroot Mountains before they were able to cross through them into Montana. During that time Meriwether Lewis studied and described many of the plant specimens that he had collected, and his description of Clarkia was among his most detailed, running to nearly 500 words.

Of this plant’s common names of Clarkia, Ragged Robin, Pink Fairy and Deerhorn, I like Clarkia the best. There is a very interesting page on the website about this plant, including some of the description written by Lewis.



Clarkia, Pink Fairy, Ragged Robin, Deerhorn ~ Clarkia pulchella

June 22, 2011

It’s a good year for lupines!

Filed under: Wildflowers — montucky @ 11:18 pm

Lupine garden

June 19, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (13)

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera ciliosa 6/13

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa 6/13

Sulphur Penstemon, Taper-leaved Penstemon

Sulphur Penstemon, Taper-leaved Penstemon ~ Penstemon attenuatus 6/13


Thimbleberry ~ Rubus parviflorus 6/13

Unidentified species

Sicklepod Rockcress ~ Arabis sparsiflora    6/13

Subalpine Mariposa Lily, Mountain Mariposa

Subalpine Mariposa Lily, Mountain Mariposa ~ Calochortus subalpinus 6/13

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