Montana Outdoors

May 3, 2017

New arrivals

Redstem Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Hooker's Fairybells

Hooker’s Fairybells ~ Prosartes hookeri

Utah honeysuckle

Utah honeysuckle ~ Lonicera utahensis

Blue-eyed Mary

Blue-eyed Mary~ Collinsia parviflora

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

(As a size comparison, a few Blue-eyed Marys can be seen in the background of this last photo.)

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November 13, 2015

Just a glimmer of pink

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:01 pm

A few days ago, near the end of my driveway, I noticed just a slight glimmer of pink hugging the ground, nearly imperceptible from a distance of six feet. I thought of it today and looked at it a little closer, from a few inches, and through a lens. The flecks of pink are flower buds of Stork’s Bill (Erodium cicutarium) daring to bloom right on the very edge of winter.

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

April 21, 2014

Mid-April arrivals

As the weather here has warmed a bit more toward a more normal April, more species of wildflowers have begun to appear. Here are a few more species making their appearance, including one that I have not before noticed or identified; another member of the Saxifrage family (sure wish these were larger).

Oregon grape

Oregon grape

Oregon grape ~ Berberis aquifolium

redstem stork's bill, common stork's bill

Redstem Stork’s bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Northern Biscuitroot

Northern Biscuitroot ~Lomatium farinosum

Shooting star

Shooting star ~ Dodecatheon pulchellum

Maiden blue eyed mary

Maiden blue eyed mary ~ Collinsia parviflora

Glacier Lily; Dogtoothed Violet

Glacier Lily ~ Erythronium grandiflorum

Nuttall's saxifrage

Nuttall’s saxifrage ~ Saxifraga nuttallii

April 30, 2012

And more April flowers

This is appearing to be an unusual spring for wildflowers. Some seem to be blooming later than normal and some seem to be early. In this and the following post I will show the rest of this year’s April blooms that I’ve encountered.

Stream Violet, Wood Violet

Stream Violet, Wood Violet, Viola glabella

Stream Violet, Wood Violet

Stream Violet, Wood Violet, Viola glabella

Redstem Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill, Erodium cicutarium

Redstem Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill, Erodium cicutarium

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry, Lonicera utahensis

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry

Utah Honeysuckle, Red Twinberry, Lonicera utahensis

Falsebox, Mountain Boxwood, Oregon Boxwood

Falsebox, Mountain Boxwood, Oregon Boxwood, Pachistima (or Paxistima) myrsinites

Common Dandelion

Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

April 25, 2011

Spring Beauties and Stork’s Bills

Western Spring beauty

Western Spring Beauty ~ Claytonia lanceolata

Western Spring beauty

Redstem Stork's Bill, Common Stork's Bill

Redstem Stork’s Bill, Common Stork’s Bill ~ Erodium cicutarium

Redstem Stork's Bill

April 22, 2009

Pretty little pink flower

This pretty little flower has been fascinating me for the last few days. It’s less than a quarter of an inch across and lives only a couple of inches off the ground.

Pretty little pink flower

Could these two versions indicate female and male?

Pretty little pink flower

Whatever it is, its visitors seem to wear their sequined jackets!

Pretty little pink flower

I would love to know what it is!   Thank you, Maureen for the ID, Redstem Stork’s Bill, Erodium cicutarium!

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