Montana Outdoors

March 12, 2013

It’s a little bit Spring

Tucked neatly in between snow flurries these days there have been periods of sunshine, and Nature is proceeding with the inevitable journey toward Summer. The Buttercups which have been in bloom for a month on Buttercup Ridge have now spread to sunlit places along the valley floor


Sagebrush Buttercup Ranunculus glaberrimus

and among them are the tiny white flowers of Whitlow Grass.

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass

Whitlow Grass, Draba verna

Near where these were blooming there was a section of an old abandoned barb-wire fence and it appeared to be a danger to the deer who crossed that hillside on their way to the river to drink. As I knelt down to cut the pieces of old rusted wire, this very early bloom of Woodland Star became visible, perhaps as a small reward for my effort.

Woodland Star

Woodland Star, Lithophragma parviflorum

March 25, 2012

Small-flowered Woodland Star

After a week of snow and rain, the sky cleared a little today and I was surprised to see that the first Woodland Stars of the season are in bloom. The plants are small (only about two inches tall), but the blossoms are as pretty as always.

Woodland star

Woodland star

Woodland star

Sagebrush Buttercups have also spread out the range of their bloom .

Sagebrush buttercup

April 5, 2011

“stone wall” flowers

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Small-flowered Woodland Star

Small-flowered Woodland Star

Small-flowered Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma parviflorum ~ Saxifrage family

The genus name of this flower comes from the Greek lithos, ‘a stone’, and phragma, ‘a wall’, referring to the habitat of some species and I have indeed found them growing right against the rock on cliff walls.

March 20, 2010

Another early arrival

Small-flowered Woodland Star Small-flowered Woodland Star, Lithophragma parviflorum.

The first bloom of this flower that I encountered last year was on April 7th. They are quite small, the flower measuring about 1/4 inch across. They bloom early here and I have found some in bloom all summer long in various areas.

For more information:
The Burke Museum
USDA Plants
Cal Photos database


April 17, 2009

Smallflower Woodland-star

While I was wandering around today this pretty little specimen of a Smallflower Woodland-star caught my eye.

Smallflower Woodland-star

(Lithophragma parviflorum)

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