Montana Outdoors

June 25, 2018

Mid June wildflowers

I have been trying to post photos of the various wildflower species found in this region this spring but I’ve gotten behind. These are the latest few, and I will post more in the next few posts to try to catch up.

pinkfairies, deerhorn, ragged robin

Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged robin ~ clarkia pulchella

Alaska rein orchid

Alaska rein orchid

Alaska Rein Orchid ~ piperia unalascensis

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot ~ corallorhiza maculata (a wild orchid)

Lance-leaved Stonecrop

Lance-leaved Stonecrop ~ sedum lanceolatum

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy ~ leucanthemum vulgare

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June 23, 2017

Clarkia

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 5:18 pm

Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin ~ Clarkia pulchella

June 29, 2016

First, the purples

This morning before the temperature climbed too far toward its eventual high in the 90’s I hiked a ways (about two and a half miles) up the Munson Creek trail (USFS trail # 372) toward Big Hole Peak. Almost at the start I noticed that the array of wildflower species there was remarkably different from the ones on the Spring Creek trail on which I hiked just two days ago and which is only about 9 miles to the east. Interesting, and not entirely explainable by a steeper trail and a slightly higher elevation.

Today’s post will feature the purples.

Western Mountain Aster

Western Mountain Aster

Western Mountain Aster

Western Mountain Aster ~ Symphyotrichum spathulatum

Nodding Onion

Nodding Onion

As the name “Nodding Onion ~ Allium cernuum” implies, these could be detected by smell before their appearance.

Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot ~ Monarda fistulosa, well known for its pleasant smell.

Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell

Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell

It’s hard to resist a picture of the “Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell ~ Campanula rotundifolia” when they pose so nicely.

Pinkfairy, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Pinkfairy, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin ~ Clarkia pulchella

June 18, 2013

Two Robins

American Robin

American Robin ~ Turdus migratorius

Ragged Robin, Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn

Ragged Robin, Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn

Ragged Robin, (AKA Clarkia pulchella, Pinkfairies, Deerhorn) ~ Clarkia pulchella

June 20, 2012

Pinkfairies

Filed under: Montana, Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:52 pm

Four summers ago I encountered my first Clarkia high on a steep mountainside beside a little forest road that went nowhere. There at the very end of the road, while I was trying to turn the Jeep around in a space about a foot longer than it was, I saw it; just one blossom. Today a mile up a trail that isn’t there and about three miles from that first sighting I discovered a hillside full of them. This is the year to celebrate the Pinkfairies!

Clarkia Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Clarkia Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Clarkia Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Clarkia Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Clarkia Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Clarkia Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Clarkia Pinkfairies, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin, Clarkia pulchella, (Evening Primrose family)

Distrubution: USA (CT, ID, MA, MT, OH, OR, SD, VT, WA, WY); CAN (BC)                                                                                                                        

June 26, 2011

Clarkia

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 10:24 pm

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 lewis-clark.org website about this plant, including some of the description written by Lewis.

Clarkia

Clarkia

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

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