Montana Outdoors

May 1, 2012

Three whites and a purple

With the exception of the Larkspur, the last flowers I observed blooming in April were white.

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur, Delphinium nuttallianum

Upland Larkspur

Upland Larkspur, Delphinium nuttallianum

Meadow Death-camas

Meadow Death-camas, Zigadenus venenosus

Meadow Death-camas

Meadow Death-camas, Zigadenus venenosus

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana

May 31, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (7)

 Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered Mitrewort, Cross-shaped Mitrewort ~ Mitella stauropetala 5/27

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana 5/23

Bitter Cherry

Bitter Cherry ~ Prunus emarginata 5/23

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon’s Seal ~ Smilacina racemosa 5/25

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant, Bristly Black Gooseberry, Swamp Gooseberry, Swamp Currant ~ Ribes lacustre 5/25

Leaf jewel

Leaf jewel

May 6, 2011

“Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy…”

Filed under: Animals, Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 2:08 pm

"Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy…"

Wild Strawberry ~ Fragaria virginiana

Crab spider ~ Misumena vatia

(For info on the spider: Animal Diversity Web)

April 17, 2010

Other early blooms

It has been dry and rather cold this spring in this region and the regular bloom times for wildflowers seems to be greatly disrupted. Some are scarce and I’m afraid some will not bloom at all this year. There is practically no moisture in the soil. Here are a few that I’ve seen in the past few days and their populations are very low.

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary~ Small-flowered Blue-Eyed Mary, Collinsia parviflora, figwort family ~

Wayside gromwell~ Wayside gromwell, Lemonweed, Lithospermum ruderale, borage family ~

Western stickseed~ Western stickseed, Lappula redowskii, borage family ~

 Narrow-leaved Desert Parsley~ Narrow-leaved Desert Parsley, Lomatium triternatum, Cous, carrot family ~

Mule-ears~ Mule-ears, Wyethia amplexicaulis, aster family ~
(In a few days, this will look like a medium-size sunflower)

Wild strawberry~ Wild strawberry, Fragaria virginiana, rose family ~

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