Montana Outdoors

May 9, 2018

PacificTrilliums

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:43 am

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium, Western White Trillium

Pacific Trillium, Western White Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ trillium ovatum

These have been in bloom for some time now and these photos were taken at various stages of maturity: all stages can still be found but at different elevations. The second photo is at the beginning of the bloom and can still be found now in that condition above about 3,500 feet elevation. The last photo was taken on the same day but at 2,400 feet and it has already turned pinkish purple, their last stage. I was unable this year to visit my favorite place for them in mid April where I usually find the largest and best specimens.

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April 15, 2017

Spring Wildflowers

Eddy Peak

Eddy Peak in the Cherry Peak Roadless Area photographed from the Munson Creek trail head.

One of my favorite days of Spring usually comes on April 18th and for years on that day I have hiked two miles up the Munson Creek trail to an area where there is a large area of Trilliums in bloom. This year it has been cool and rainy with few sunny days and I suspected that the trilliums would be late so today I checked at the footbridge near the trail head where they bloom earlier and found they are just beginning. My hike will be put off another week or so because my favorite area is two thousand feet higher in elevation.

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium, (trillium ovatum)

Several other wildflowers have begun to appear now too:

Yellow Bell

Yellow Bell, (fritillaria pudica)

Dark-throated Shooting Star

Dark-throated Shooting Star, (dodecatheon pulchellum)

Small-flowered Woodland Star

Small-flowered Woodland Star, (lithophragma parviflorum)

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