Montana Outdoors

June 20, 2018

Bear grass

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:54 pm

Bear-grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass & Buster

Bear grass ~ xerophyllum tenax

Bear-grass is one of the largest of the wildflowers in this region and when they are in full bloom they create quite a scene, covering clearings in the forest at elevations between about 5,000 feet to 6,000 feet.

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June 14, 2017

Today’s favorite

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:23 pm

Bear Grass

Bear Grass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

June 6, 2017

Bear Grass putting on a show

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 6:23 pm

After seeing the Bear Grass starting to bloom a few days ago in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains I checked a favorite place about forty miles north of there on Mount Baldy in the Cabinet Mountains and found them blooming in profusion between 4,000 feet and 4,300 feet (their bloom will continue into higher elevations up to about 6,000 feet). Here’s what that looks like:

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

June 4, 2017

Bear Grass is beginning to bloom.

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 2:13 pm

Bear Grass has just begun blooming and I encountered a small area where there were quite a few of them in full bloom. As usual, they are quite photogenic! These are growing in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, the site of yesterday’s hike, at an altitude of about 4,500 feet.

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

May 26, 2016

Bear Grass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:19 am

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear-Grass is the only evergreen member of the lily family. Its flowering stems grow from off-shoot plants growing at the base of each “grassy” clump and appear at each plant every five to ten years. The flowers are large (approximately 3” X 4”), blooming at the tops of stalks that are around four and a half feet tall. The genus name comes from the Greek word xeros meaning “dry,” and phyllon meaning “leaf” and the species name tenax means “holding fast”, referring to the tough pliable leaves which were used by the indigenous people to make ornamental baskets. The plant is poisonous although some think that bears eat the fleshy leaf bases in the spring. I’ve never seen bears eat it, but I have seen grassy bases that have been severely disturbed in the spring. The plant is native to six of the far western states in the U.S. and the two western provinces of Canada and in this area usually likes elevations over about 5,000 feet.

You can find a wealth of information on them here .

June 18, 2014

Sure ’nuff!

Filed under: Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:09 pm

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Well, they said there was snow above 5,000 feet…this photo was taken at noon today at 5,500 feet

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

Clark-Hinchwood road June 18

It’s not easy finding white flowers in this weather.

Beargrass in June snow

Groundsel in June snow

Oregon grape in June snow

Groundsel in June snow

Groundsel in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

Mariposa lily in June snow

Beargrass in June snow

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