Montana Outdoors

June 9, 2019

More May flowers

These are the rest of the wildflowers that I was able to photograph during May. Late rains have slowed down the bloom, but it looks like June will be a good month for flowers.

Meadowrue

Meadowrue ~ Thalictrum occidentale

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes ~ Antennaria neglecta

Bog Saxifrage

Bog Saxifrage ~ Micranthes oregana

This is a rather unusual member of the saxifrage family, but rather interesting because of the colors.

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur ~ Delphinium nuttallianum

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush ~ Castillleja miniata

Violets

Wild Violets ~ Viola Adunca

Lanceleaf Springbeauty

Lanceleaf Springbeauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper ~ Calypso Bulbosa

Probably the prettiest of the wild orchids in this region.

Elegant Cats-ear, Northwestern Mariposa

Elegant Cats-ear, Northwestern Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus elegans

It’s a little unusual to see these in multiples.

Bitterroot

Bitterroot ~ Lewisia rediviva

The Bitterroot is the state flower of Montana. It was cherished by the indigenous people for its roots.

Northern Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil

Northern Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil ~ Potentilla villosa

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June 5, 2012

Mariposa Lilies

Mariposa lilies are in bloom now in this area. USDA Plants shows 56 species of Calochortus, all of them confined to the 14 western-most states plus British Columbia and Alberta.

There are many variations in the blossoms even within the same species, but I think they are all beautiful. (I also reserve the right to be completely wrong in my species identifications of them.)

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker's mariposa lily

Pointedtip mariposa lily, Three-spot Mariposa lily, Baker’s mariposa lily, Calochortus apiculatus

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat's ear

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat's ear

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat's ear

Elegant mariposa lily, Northwerstern mariposa lily, Elegant cat’s ear, Calochortus elegans

Tolmie's mariposa lily, Tolmie's star tulip, Cat's ears

Tolmie's mariposa lily, Tolmie's star tulip, Cat's ears

Tolmie's mariposa lily, Tolmie's star tulip, Cat's ears

Tolmie’s mariposa lily, Tolmie’s star tulip, Cat’s ears, Calochortus tolmie

June 10, 2009

More lilies

When it comes to wildflowers I have many favorites. Very high on that list are the Mariposa Lilies and among the reasons for that are the different varieties. They have not all bloomed yet (or I haven’t found them all) but here are a few that have.

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily,
Northwest Mariposa Lily,
Elegant Cat’s Ear
Calochortus elegans

May 31, 2009

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Elegant Mariposa Lily

Northwest Mariposa Lily,
Elegant Cat’s Ear
Calochortus elegans

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