Montana Outdoors

April 25, 2019

Today’s wildflower finds

This afternoon it seemed to me that I ought to check the area of West Swamp Creek (about 20 miles to the southwest of my home). Sure enough, there were several species blooming there in profusion and I was glad that I paid attention to my hunch.

Small White Violet

Small White Violet ~ Viola macloskeyi

Both the white and yellow violets are growing right in the water of a small spring fed stream, which makes photographing them a rather wet and messy endeavor, but that’s alright because it is now warm!

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

Pioneer Violet and Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty

Alpine Springbeauty ~ Claytonia megarhiza

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Shooting Star

Shooting Star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora

Slender Phlox

Slender Phlox ~ Microsteris gracilis

May 24, 2012


American Vetch

American Vetch, Vicia americana, May 19

Annual Hawksbeard

Annual Hawksbeard, Crepis tectorum, May 19

Midget Phlox,

Midget Phlox,

Midget Phlox, Phlox gracilis, Microsteris gracilis, May 20

Common Camas, Blue Camas

Common Camas, Blue Camas

Common Camas, Blue Camas

Common Camas, Blue Camas, Camassia quamash, May 20

May 19, 2011

Wildflowers of spring (1)

Spring this year in western Montana has been/is anything but usual; very cold, damp, extremely heavy snow up high, and in most cases the wildflowers have been blooming about two weeks later than usual for each species and I have been trying to catch and post as many photos of them as I can. Because they are so small and precious and so often overlooked, yet so intricate, diverse and beautiful it seems that the least I can do is to try to give them a little attention. I’ll try to post a few each day with the date photographed and my best attempts at ID’s until I catch up (or we get the first snow of next winter).

Sticky Currant

Sticky Currant ~ Ribes viscosissimum ~ 4/22

Suksdorf's desert-parsley

Suksdorf’s desert-parsley ~ Lomatium suksdorfii ~ 4/22

Midget phlox

Midget phlox ~ phlox gracilis, Microsteris gracilis ~ 4/23

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca ~ 5/4

Small Bluebells

Small Bluebells, Long-flowered Lungwort, Trumpet Bluebells ~ Mertensia longiflora ~ 5/4

Western Stickseed

Western Stickseed ~ Lappula redowskii ~ 5/5

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