Montana Outdoors

May 15, 2012

Wildflowers, mid-May

This is the time, if you love wildflowers, when you just can’t get out often enough. I wish now that I could be several places at the same time but I will be content for the time being and hope for more outings throughout the summer.




Kinnikinnik, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, May 2



Unidentified, May 5


 Western Stickseed, Lappula redowskii, May 7

Small tumblemustard, false London Rocket

Small tumblemustard, false London Rocket, Sisymbrium loeselii, May 13

May 20, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (2)


Kinnikinnik ~ Arctostaphylos uva-ursi – 5/6

Holboell's Rockcress

Holboell’s Rockcress ~ Arabis holboellii – 5/6

Blue clematis

Blue clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis – This is a vine and it climbs into the lower branches of nearby trees. The blossoms often look like bluebirds flying through the forest. – 5/10

Utah Honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahensis – 5/13

Heart-leaved Arnica bud

Heart-leaved Arnica bud ~ Arnica cordifolia – 5/13

Western Larch

Western Larch ~ Larix occidentalis – (Not a flower, just the beauty of new leaves on our deciduous conifer!) – 5/13

April 25, 2010

Red and white… and blue.

It was a little surprising to see, a few days ago, that the Kinnikinnik is blooming; seems a bit early.


 KinnikinnikKinnikinnik, Bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, a shrub in the Heath family.

The bluebells are now blooming in more areas and greater numbers, although far less than in a normal year.

Long-flower Bluebells

Long-flower BluebellsSmall Bluebells, Long-flower Bluebells, Mertensia longiflora

May 1, 2009


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(Kinnikinnik, Bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, a shrub in the Heath family)

The name “Kinnikinnik”, I believe, comes from one of the Indian languages but I don’t know which one. It’s a low, trailing evergreen shrub in the Heath family with dark green leaves and it’s quite common in the mountains of western Montana. The flowers are tiny (the clump in the photo could be easily covered by a dime) and will give way later in the summer to small bright red berries that were used by Indians as a poor substitute for tobacco or ground to be mixed with dried buffalo meat to make pemmican, a nourishing and long lasting food source. (I find them rather tasteless myself although they are a common food for grouse.) The Latin term “uva-ursi” translates literally to “bears grape”.

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