Montana Outdoors

June 29, 2016

First, the purples

This morning before the temperature climbed too far toward its eventual high in the 90’s I hiked a ways (about two and a half miles) up the Munson Creek trail (USFS trail # 372) toward Big Hole Peak. Almost at the start I noticed that the array of wildflower species there was remarkably different from the ones on the Spring Creek trail on which I hiked just two days ago and which is only about 9 miles to the east. Interesting, and not entirely explainable by a steeper trail and a slightly higher elevation.

Today’s post will feature the purples.

Western Mountain Aster

Western Mountain Aster

Western Mountain Aster

Western Mountain Aster ~ Symphyotrichum spathulatum

Nodding Onion

Nodding Onion

As the name “Nodding Onion ~ Allium cernuum” implies, these could be detected by smell before their appearance.

Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot ~ Monarda fistulosa, well known for its pleasant smell.

Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell

Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell

It’s hard to resist a picture of the “Bluebell-of-Scotland, Harebell ~ Campanula rotundifolia” when they pose so nicely.

Pinkfairy, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin

Pinkfairy, Deerhorn, Ragged Robin ~ Clarkia pulchella


August 2, 2011

Wildflowers of summer (8)

Viper's Bugloss

Viper’s Bugloss ~ Echium vulgare

Western Mountain Aster

Western Mountain Aster ~ Symphyotrichum spathulatum

Yellow Monkey-flower

Yellow Monkey-flower ~ Mimulus guttatus


Chickory ~ Cichorium intybus

White Clematis

White Clematis ~ Clematis ligusticifolia

St. John's-wort

St. John’s-wort ~ Hypericum perforatum

July 2, 2008

The last flowers of June

That I photographed, anyway. (Unless I missed some in the 386 photos I took during the month.)

There seems to be a disagreement between one of my favorite wildflower sites from British Columbia which calls the next flower “False Solomon’s Seal” and the USDA Plants site which calls it “Feathery False Wild Lily of the Valley”. (I’ll stay out of that dispute, but whatever they’re called, these were the prettiest of that species that I’ve seen!)

False Solomon’s Seal, or, False Wild Lily of the Valley, maianthemum racemosum

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon's Seal

False Solomon's Seal

This group photo also includes a stalk of Western Groundsel,

False Solomon's Seal

whose seed head looks like this.

Western Groundsel seed head

And the Western Mountain Aster, Symphyotrichum spathulatum.


Western Mountain Aster

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