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Highslide JS
5/16/08

Sagebrush Buttercup

Throughout the area in bright sun in open areas. This is the first flower to bloom.
Highslide JS
5/17/08

Wyoming Kittentails

Not far behind in time, this is an early bloomer. Found on one Northern facing hill overlooking south shore of Henry's Lake. Beautiful very small plant.
Highslide JS
5/17/08

Glacier Lily

Along Red Rock Road, after snow melt. Will soon be in the forest meadows as the snow recedes. This is all over the area, esp in wet areas. Also known as Yellow Fawn Lily.
Highslide JS
5/17/08

Yellow Bell

along path in a notable wildflower meadow (meadow #1) about 1/2 mile west of the RV Park hidden within a blanket of Glacier Lilys. (Fritillaria Pudica)
Highslide JS
5/17/08

Alpine Shooting Star

Also known as the "Pretty shootingstar" along path in meadow #1. Not blooming on 5/19/08. MORE Later at Mile Creek (MT), I found a hybrid (peppermint variety) and a white shooting star(Dodecatheon pulchellum)
Highslide JS
5/24/08

Leafy Bluebells

Bluebells in a f amily called Mertensias is among sagebrush on Meadow VueRanch,overlooking Henry's Lake near the RV Park. Most specimens are 2 to 3" tall. MORE
Highslide JS
5/24/08

Spreading Phlox

Spreading Phlox among sagebrush on Meadow Vue Ranch,overlooking Henry's Lake near the RV Park. Grow in mats 1 to 2" tall.
Highslide JS
5/25/08

Western Spring Beauty

Found 6 miles west of RV Park, near Red Rock Pass at about 6870 feet near Idaho/ Montana border in wet area among Glacier Lilies. Also in Meadow #1 near RV Park. MORE (Claytonia lanceolata)
Highslide JS
5/27/08

Vase Flower

In Meadow #1, only two specimens in bloom today, also called Sugarbowls or leatherflower. MORE On June 29th, see the final stage of this flower here as a wispy silvery flowerhead. (Clematis hirsutissima)
Highslide JS
5/27/08

Bulbiferous Prairie Star

In Meadow #1, the bloom is not yet fully developed but a few specimens are blooming. Very small plant.(Lithophragma glabrum) MORE
Highslide JS
5/27/08

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

In Meadow #1, just a couple specimens starting to bloom. MORE for later season specimens in full-bloom. (Balsamorhiza sagittata)
Highslide JS
5/27/08

Upland yellow violet

Just a couple specimens blooming today in Meadow #1. Small flower about 3/4". Another found today above Henry's Lake. Also known as the Goosefoot Violet or (Viola praemorsaMORE
Highslide JS
5/27/08

Purple Avens.

Grandfather's Beard, Prairie Smoke are other names. I found this early bloomer directly above the south side of Henry's Lake. Soon it will be all over the place, but now it is rare. (Geum triflorumMORE The later seed head is also very attractiive. Once the seed head is gone, the flower is still giving.
Highslide JS
5/27/08

Nine-leaf lomatium

Found in the area above south shore of Henry's Lake. Lewis & Clark first discovered these in Idaho.
Highslide JS
5/27/08

Nutall's Rockcrest

Found a few specimens above south shore of Henry's Lake among Sagebrush.
Highslide JS
5/28/08

Ballhead waterleaf

Hidden under other plants, this small but beautiful plant was found in Meadow #1. Only a few specimens at this time. The flower hides under the large leaves. (Hydrophyllum capitatum)
Highslide JS
5/28/08

Fairy-Bells

On the trail up to Meadow #1 next to Aspen Tree this one specimen was found. (Disporum)
Highslide JS
5/29/08

Mountain Sorrel

A beautiful plant that accents the meadows with bright red stalks. Only a very few specimens starting now in the ranchland pasture next door.
Highslide JS
5/31/08

False Solomon's Seal

A cluster of very small flowers at the tip of a pretty leafy plant. Only a couple specimens so far in Meadow #1, but will soon be in the forest across the street. (Smilacina racemosa)
Highslide JS
5/31/08

Orange Peel Mushroom

I will include mushrooms that I find though they are technically not wildflowers, but still very interesting flora. This one (Aleuria aurantia) was in meadow #2 (above #1) under aspen trees in a very damp location. I also found this high in the forest across from the RV Park.
Highslide JS
5/31/08

Pixie Goblets

These interesting "Cladonias" are a type of fungus with stalks that resemble golf tee's. They were found in meadow #1 next to the Orange Peel Mushroom under trees.
Highslide JS
5/31/08

Unidentified mushrooms

Unidentified mushrooms (covered with ice) about 3" tall, found along RedRock Road next to the RV Park hidden in the grass.
Highslide JS
5/31/08

Hooked Violet

This tiny plant was found at Mile Creek, MT (about 23 miles from the RV Park under other larger plants) along the creek.
Highslide JS
6/1/08

Cushion Phlox?

Similar to Cushion Phlox. Appears in a low leafy mat with many flowers. This was the only flower in bloom in the mat so far. This mat was the only similar specimen in meadow #1 that I could find.
Highslide JS
6/1/08

Blue-eyed Mary

A very tiny beautiful blue and white flower on a long stalk.. In meadow #1, only specimen in the area that was blooming. (Collinsia parviflora)
Highslide JS
6/1/08

Unidentified mushrooms

A cup like brown mushroom blooming in the darker part of the forest floor in meadow #1. The only specimen in the vicinity.
Highslide JS
6/1/08

Western Meadow Rue

This flower was found across the street from the RV Park, up in the forest. This is the pre-blooming state of the meadowrue. This is a particularly colorful specimen.
Highslide JS
6/1/08

Nuttall's rockcress??

Small little flowers still developing. Found in meadow #1. I'll follow up to see what it might be as it matures. This could be Nuttall's rockcress (Boechera nuttallii); MORE
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Highslide JS
6/1/08
The dandelion is often thought of as a pesky weed, but here where fields of them bloom at once, they are beautiful blankets of orange or yellow. They are not yet blanketing the area, but they are starting to pop up here and there. Landscape taken on June 19, 2008.
Highslide JS
6/2/08
Tall, dangling tiny white flowers found in Meadow Vue Ranch overlooking Henry's Lake next to the RV Park. This appears to be Nuttall’s rockcress, Boechera nuttallii, a member of the mustard family.
Highslide JS
6/2/08
Many very tiny yellow flowers on one plant found in Meadow Vue Ranch overlooking RedRock RV Park. Inset is closeup of one of the flowers. Looks like something from the pea family, like a locoweed or milk vetch.
Highslide JS
6/2/08
One very delicate small speciman along Henry's Lake South access road just north of the RV Park growing in a cow patty. (Coprinus plicatilis) Also called the Pleated Inky Cap/Japanese Parasol or Umbrella mushroom too. MORE
Highslide JS
6/3/08
This is actually a blooming shrub that grows low to the ground. It's not quite in full bloom yet, but is a pretty plant. Although it's all over the forest, the blooming one was found in the Meadow #1 again. (Berberis repens) MORE Late season "grapes".
Highslide JS
6/3/08
This flower is geting ready to bloom all over the forest floor nearby. This early specimen was found in Meadow #1. Male and Female parts are on different plants. This is the female variety. The male has long clusters of dangling anthers. (Thalictrum occidentale) Seed Pods
Highslide JS
6/3/08
Very small plant found in Meadow #1. Only a few specimens (Chorispora tenella). On June 16, they are in profusion near the cattle guard on Henry's South Access road.
Highslide JS
6/3/08
An early bloomer of a sunflower related plant (probably a groundsel) on a long stalk with arrow shaped leaves. Will have to wait until it matures to fully identify it. Found in Meadow #1. The only specimen of its kind today. Here's a side view taken 6/27 MORE
Highslide JS
6/5/08
A single speciman in meadow #1 just blooming. MORE specimens by June 22.
Highslide JS
6/5/08
This is an immature Larkspur. A couple specimens have started to bloom in meadow #1 today.
Highslide JS
6/5/08
Found as a single specimen in meadow #1, these appear to be Golden Alexanders. (Zizia aptera)
Highslide JS
6/5/08
I'm not sure of this one. Just starting to bloom in Meadow #1 there are a couple specimens.
Highslide JS
6/5/08
A single specimen is starting to bloom in Meadow #1. MORE (from the meadow across from the RV Park)
Highslide JS
6/5/08
Growing along barbed-wire fence near Park next to Meadow Vue Ranch and Henry's Lake South Access Road. Only a couple specimens now. Beautiful small plant. (Saxifraga rhomboidea) MORE
Highslide JS
6/9/08
Some variety of Stonecrop with succulent leaves nestled in a crevase of a rock near the Idaho/Montana border, about 6 miles from the RV Park. Makes a beautiful display with the lichen.
Highslide JS
6/9/08
This flower is an early bloomer and is not found in the immediate vicinity of the RV Park, but about 12 miles west in the Red Rock Lakes Nat'l Wildlife Refuge. It probably has been blooming there for a couple weeks. Also known as Pasqueflower (Anemone nuttallianaMORE
Highslide JS
6/9/08
Found along forest road across and down from RV Park. Not too numerous yet. (Arnica cordifoliaMORE
Highslide JS
6/9/08
Found along forest road across and down from RV Park. Not too numerous yet. MORE
Highslide JS
6/9/08
Found in meadow #1 . Considered a common weed and gives milk a bitter taste when diary cows consume it. Some medicinal uses. Named for the penny-looking seed pods. (Thlaspi arvense). More.
Highslide JS
6/9/08
Along forest road across from RV Park.
Highslide JS
6/14/08
Another mushroom, pushing through the dirt in the field East of the RV Park.
Highslide JS
6/14/08
This feathery looking plant is the last (seed) stage of the Prairie Crocus. Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Highslide JS
6/14/08
An ususual (all green) tall plant found in Red Rock Lakes Nat'l Wildlife Refuge is just starting to bloom (within the last week). It's not common directly near the RV Park.
Highslide JS
6/14/08
Although not at the RV Park, this is a new bloomer found at the Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge. It's about the same altitude as the RV Park. (6500')
Highslide JS
6/15/08
A lull in the wildflower blooming has been broken with the appearance of the White Mule Ears. Soon the meadow across from the RV Park will be covered with them. This is one of the first here. (Wyethia helianthoidesMORE..
Highslide JS
6/15/08
Serviceberry is a favorite food of many birds and animals. Grows on a woody shrub and found first in meadow #1.
Highslide JS
6/15/08
The Larkspurs are now blooming all over, both Meadow #1 and across from the RV Park, and as far out as Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. (Delphinium bicolor) MORE
Highslide JS
6/15/08
Although this will be all over the place soon, this is the first Geranium bloom in the area that I've seen. In the ditch on Red Rock Road just west of the RV Park. By June 23rd they are still not blooming much. They stay around till September. (Geranium viscosissimum) Sticky Geranium Bud.
Highslide JS
6/16/08
This beautiful flower has just started to bloom at the base of Henry's Lake South Access Road, before the cattle guard, about a mile from the RV Park along the road. (Camas is a quamash). Soon it will be in the pasture adjacent to the RV Park in great numbersHere's a pic just prior to bloom. Even MORE and MORE
Highslide JS
6/17/08
A very beautiful rarity around here, only 4 little plants so far in the forest. Very hard to spot because they are so sparse and small (see comparison to dime here.) MORE Don't pick this unless you want to destroy it for the future (it has a shallow blub and is very delicate and rare here.
Highslide JS
6/17/08
This small flower was found starting to appear in the field across (south) from the RedRock RV Park today.(Cerastium arvense)MORE By 6/24 they are everywhere around us.
Highslide JS
6/17/08
Blooming in Forest across from RedRock RV Park. (Ribes viscosissimum) Leaf pic here. Pink tinged version along Forest Road here.
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Highslide JS
6/17/08
Found throughout the area around the park, esp. in the shaded forest areas, this precursor to the beautiful purple Lupine has a purple top that is attractive in its own right. Mature specimen finally appeared 6/22/08.
Highslide JS
6/17/08
This small white flower has been blooming for a few days but I had mistaken it with another flower I thought I had cataloged. Very delicate flower found throughout the forest, this one across from the RV Park.
Highslide JS
6/18/08
A beautiful little flower with a cluster of pea-like flowers growing along Red Rock Creek in Montana, about 12 miles west of the RV park in Centennial Valley.
Highslide JS
6/18/08
Small mottled red specimen of this species at Red Rock Lakes in an open meadow above Upper Red Rock Lake. MORE
Highslide JS
6/18/08
This is a beautiful (poisonous) plant that was blooming under the trees and along the path to Upper Red Rock Lake in the Refuge at the refuge campground. (Actaea rubra)
Highslide JS
6/18/08
It's a very tiny bloom and found on a woody shrub on a dry rocky slope near Elk Lake in Montana (about 12 miles from RV Park). MORE: See Size comparison (Ribes cereum)
Highslide JS
6/18/08
This beauty grows along Red Rock Creek in Centennial Valley (about 10 miles west of the RV Park).
Highslide JS
6/19/08
Today the Western Virgin's Bower bloomed. It's on a vine in the forest across from the RV park. Very delicate and beautiful. (Clematis occidentalis MORE The Seed stage is pretty appearing in late August.
Highslide JS
6/20/08
Found in the Meadow Vue Pasture next to the RV Park, this larger variety of the Buttercup stands tall among the Dandelions and Camus. MORE
Highslide JS
6/20/08
Found along Red Rock Rd near the RV Park.
Highslide JS
6/20/08
Found next to Red Rock Rd west of the RV Park a few hundred yards. Contains an alkaloid that is extremely toxic to livestock and humans. (Zigadenus venenosus)
Highslide JS
6/21/08
In Meadow Vue pasture next to RV Park. This appears to be an immature specimen (prior to blooming). Also found in meadow #1. (Eriogonum umbellatum)
Highslide JS
6/22/08
Lovely single flower on a very long 12" to 15" green stalk with very narrow long leaves at the base. Found first in meadow #1. (Agoseris glaucaMORE
Highslide JS
6/22/08
The white mule ears are shown next to this hybrid (cream) between a yellow version of the mule ears and the white version. They appeared in a bunch below meadow #1. The only such hybrid in the area. MORE
Highslide JS
6/22/08
Although I've shown the Lupine above, this is the more mature (not quite, notice it unfolding as it goes from top to bottom). Soon it will form fields of purple flowers. This speciman found along forest road #2 near RV Park. MORE Here's one more closeup of the flowers (pea family).(Lupinus sericeus) See the bouquet of geraniums and lupines.
Highslide JS
6/22/08
Found in meadow #1. Beautiful member of the pea family. Very small flowers (about 1/2 inch)(Oxytropis sericeaMORE
Highslide JS
6/22/08
Mitrewort
Very tiny flowers on 12 to 14" stalks, hard to find, growing in forest across from RV Park. (Mitella stauropetalaMORE Here's a perspective of one more closeup of the flowers (pea family).(Lupinus sericeus) See the several growing together.
Highslide JS
6/23/08
This appears to be a low-growing specimen of the Evening Primrose. This bloom only lasts a day. Found a couple specimens in Meadow Vue Ranch next to RV Park today. (Oenothera villosa)
Highslide JS
6/23/08
This plant has started popping up all over the area in the last week in small numbers. It prefers dry areas and rocky soil. It is also called 'Western paintbrush'. (Castilleja occidentalis)
Highslide JS
6/24/08
A small plant found in the border of a meadow about 2.5 miles East of the RV Park along Red Rock Road which contained a huge field of White Mule's Ears. MORE (Microsteris gracilis)
Highslide JS
6/24/08
This immature Indian Paintbrush will soon be bright red and brighten the forest floor across from the RedRock RV Park. (Castilleja Miniata)
Highslide JS
6/25/08
In the forest meadow across from RV Park, two specimens bloomed today. Not sure what type this is. It has 7 toothed leaves radiating from a center point. MORE By July 15, there are lots of these in the meadow.
Highslide JS
6/25/08
In the forest meadow across from RV Park, two specimens bloomed today. In the forest meadow across from RV Park, several specimens bloomed today. Differs from Heartleaf Arnica by having leaves long slender leaves. Arnica longifolia
Highslide JS
6/26/08
One of the most beautiful flowers nearby, in the forest across from RV Park, two specimens bloomed today. MORE This one is a hybrid between the red and yellow versions. (Aquilegia flavescens)
Highslide JS
6/27/08
Beautiful small clumps of rose colored bracts found in meadow #1. There were a few specimens, see a bouquet here (Antennaria microphylla)
Highslide JS
6/27/08
These mushrooms appear to be related to a species called wood polypore. They have no stalks and attach to wood. These were attached to a felled aspen along the second forest road just west of the RV Park.
Highslide JS
6/27/08
Tiny pink flowers at the top of this plant are beautiful accent to all the other flowers in the Meadow across from the RV Park. (Collomia linearisMORE
Highslide JS
6/27/08
Found in the shade of the forest across from the RV Park along with 3 or 4 other specimens. This is part of the Orchid Family. It has no cholorphyll and grows from the decayed remains of other plants. MORE (Corallorhiza striata)
Highslide JS
6/27/08
Found this specimen with several others at RedRock Pass about 7 miles west of the RV Park. Some starting to appear in meadow #1 also. (Castilleja miniataMORE
Highslide JS
6/28/08
Another Coralroot type found in meadow #1 today. (Corallorhiza maculata)
Highslide JS
6/28/08
This shrub is starting to bloom all over meadow #1 and elsewhere in the forest. A beautiful long cylinder of flowers, soon to be berries covers this bush. (Prunus virginiana) MORE
Highslide JS
6/28/08
Found a few along side RedRock road about 1/4 mile west of the RV Park. (Tragopogon dubiusSeed head before complete deployment and after deployment.
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black henbane
6/29/08
Classified as a weed, this large and beautiful flower with purple throat and veins was found (2 speciments) along the forest road down from the RV Park. (Hyoscyamus niger L.) MORE,--Seeds are interesting.
Wild Blue Flax
6/29/08
Found along the forest road west of the RV park, this will soon make large displays of bright silky blue bordering the road. (Linum perenneMORE
tall cinquefoil
6/29/08
Found directly behind the RV Park and in Meadow #1 (Drymocallis pseudorupestrisMORE
Small-flowered Penstemon
6/29/08
Found directly behind the RV Park. Many specimens are blooming among the sagebrush. Also called Alpine Penstemon MORE (Penstemon procerus)
Mountain Sweet Cicely
6/29/08
Very tiny flowers and large leaves on forest road west of RV Park. (Osmorhiza berteroi)
Blue Elder?
6/29/08
Beautiful shrub half-way up the forest road west of the RV Park. Stems connecting to the flowers were almost translucent.
Red Columbine
6/29/08
A variation on one of the most beautiful flowers nearby, in the forest across from RV Park (Aquilegia formosa) MORE
Wormseed Mustard
6/29/08
Classified as a weed, found behind the RV Park. (Erysimum cheiranthoides)
Silverleaf phacelia
6/29/08
Found in Meadow #1, several specimens. A very soft looking plant due to all the long slivery fine hairs on the flowers.(Phacelia hastataMORE
Unknown Orange wildflower
6/30/08
This pretty bright orange wildflower was found in Meadow #1. It comes in a bouquet of light green foilage with several blooms on one plant. MORE
Rocky Mtn Iris
6/30/08
Blooming along the wetter parts of Red Rock Road (about 2.5 miles west of the RV Park) along Duck Creek. Also found near south shore of Henry's Lake (Iris missouriensisMORE
Onion
07/01/08
Found in Meadow #1, appears to be some type of onion. Here's the whole plant: MORE
Sulfur Buckwheat
07/01/08
Mature version of this beautiful wildflower has tiny white flowers. These flowers grown in a large bunch.(Eriogonum umbellatum)
Elk Thistle
07/01/08
Found in the area behind the RV Park along the Henry's Lake South access road. Although thought of as a weed, the roots and leaves are edible. (Cirsium scariosum) MORE
Blue Penstemon
07/01/08
Beautiful purple plant growing on white cliffs above south side of Henry's Lake, about 1 mile north of RV park. (Penstemon cyaneusMORE
Unknown Yellow wildflower
07/01/08
Found in the ravine behind the RV Park near the cattle grate. Several specimens here only. MORE
Unknown yellow
07/01/08
Found along Henry's Lake south access road. A tall (12 to 18") plant with small white petals and yellow heads among the Sagebrush. Several specimens in bloom. See a closeup of bloom.
Unknown Purple Ray flower
07/01/08
This pretty purple ray flower has hairy leaves and stems. Looks like a fleabane flower but not sure what variety.
Hounds Tonque
07/02/08
Although farther away from the RV Park, this beautiful flower was found in Yellowstone (northwest corner). You might encounter this on your visit. (Cynoglossum officinaleMORE
Butter and Eggs
07/02/08
Again, in Yellowstone along the road near Mammoth Springs loop drive. MORE (Linaria vulgaris)
White Beardtongue
07/02/08
In Yellowstone along the Lamar River. (Penstemon albidus)
Red Clover
07/02/08
In yellowstone ranging from purple to deep red. (Trifolium pratense)
Stonecrop
07/02/08
Narrow-leaf Stonecrop (Sedum stenopetalum)at Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone. Here's a closeup from Red Rock Pass.
Wild Rose
07/02/08
Found in Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone. Should bloom around here soon too. (July 9 in meadow #1just a couple specimens so far)(Rosa woodsiiMORE
Purple Fringe
07/02/08
In Yellowstone, also known as Silky Phacelia (Phacelia sericea) Also found MORE at top of Sawtelle Peak, 3500 feet above the RV Park.
Woods Forget me not
07/02/08
In Yellowstone, a beautiful low-growing flower. (Myosotis alpestris) Also found MORE on top of Sawtelle Peak, 3500 feet above the RV Park.
Hookers Townsendia
07/02/08
Found along the Blacktail Plateau road in Yellowstone in open dry and rocky area. (Townsendia hookeri)
Scentless Chamomile
07/04/08
Classified as a weed, found as a single specimen along the forest road near the RV Park, no doubt brought in by a vehicle. (Matricaria perforata)
07/04/08
This beautiful flower seems to be a variation of the lily Triteleia Douglasii along Two Tops road near Island Park, ID about 8 miles from RV Park. (Triteleia douglasii )
Thimbleberry
07/04/08
Found along Two Tops road near Island Park. Giant toothed leaves on this plant. Also on Forest Road across from RV Park later. (Rubus parviflorus)
Blues Stickseed?
07/04/08
Found along Two Tops road. Not sure on the identification. Very small flower (about fingernail size). Could be related to Blue Stickseed.
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Little Sunflower
07/04/08
In profusion in the meadow across from the RV Park. It has been growing for a long time without blooming. Specimens are 2 to 3 feet tall before blooming. Finally in bloom now. (Helianthella unifloraMORE
Longleaf Hawsbeard
07/05/08
Found in meadow #1. (Crepis acuminatum)
Cow Parsnip
7/05/08
This large plant was first found along the forest road a half-mile from the RV Park, in sunlight. It's very tall (3 to 4 feet) but has tiny little flowers and hollow stems. Indian food. (Heracleum lanatum)
Alpine Milkvetch
7/05/08
A low-lying purple and white plant in the pea family in the Meadow across from the RV Park. (Astragalus alpinus)
Orange Agoseris
7/06/08
Also known as orange mountain dandelion. Only one specimen in the forest walk across from RV Park in shade. (Agoseris aurantiacaMORE
Unidentified Mushroom
7/06/08
Unidentified "pancake size" mushroom across from RV park in forest under plants. See stem here.
Unidentified Tiny Flowers
7/07/08
These tiny 5 petal flowers appear at the top of a very small plant (about 3 to 4 inches tall) under the sagebrush, halfway up the Henrys Lake South Access road (the 'phonebooth' area).
Blue Stickseed
7/07/08
Not sure about this flower. Found behind the RV Park, about 1 foot high, small blue flowers with orange center about 1/4 inch wide. Leaves
Parrot's Beak
7/07/08
Found along the Coffee Pot Rapids Trail, in Island Park (along Henry's Fork Snake River). (Pedicularis racemosaMORE Several along the Forest road across from the RV Park in late July.
Field Pussytoes
7/07/08
Small plant found along the Coffee Pot Rapids Trail, in Island Park (along Henry's Fork Snake River). (Antennaria neglecta)
Western Coralroot
7/07/08
Found in shade along the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. (Corallorhiza mertensianaMORE
Common Harebell
7/07/08
First specimen blooming is across from the RV Park along the path to the forest. Will be many soon. Here's one from meadow #1, July 9. (Campanula rotundifolia)
Wild Hollyhock
7/08/08
This pretty flower was found along the Forest Road a half mile west of the RV Park. (Iliamna rvularisMORE Closeup
Unidentified Tiny White Flower
7/08/08
Found in the lot behind the RV Park, among the sagebrush, this tiny little flower has 5 petals split almost to the back so as to look like 10. The bloom is about a quarter inch wide. The whole plant is only about 4 inches tall. Look here for size. (Stellaria longipes)
White Campion
7/09/08
Found in the field across from the RV park, only a couple specimens. (Lychnis alba)
Yarrow
7/09/08
I missed this one. It's been out for some time, but I re-discovered it today in meadow #1. A beautiful florescence of white flowers with a hint of yellow and distinctive, soft, aromatic fern like leaves. (Achillea millefolium)
Tall Larkspur
7/09/08
A white version of the Larkspur grows taller in the meadow across from the RV Park. (Delphinium occidentaleMORE
Mountain Snowberry
7/09/08
These beautiful flowers are probably from a berry bush. In meadow #1. (Symphoricarpos oreophilusMORE
Scarlet Gilia
7/10/08
This beautiful red and sometimes pinkish-white flower is not generally found immediately around the RV Park, but is blooming along the road to Cave Falls.(Ipomopsis aggregataMORE
Yellow Buckwheat
7/10/08
Found in beautiful yellow fluffy looking mats in Yellowstone, near Cave Falls. (Eriogonum flavum)
Yellow weed
7/10/08
Very tall spindly yellow flowered weed growing along Red Rock road. Most likely from dropped hay along road. See the full plant. (Melilotus officinalis)
Elephanthead
7/10/08
Found along Cave Falls Road in Idaho in a very damp area along the Fall River. Small little pink elephant heads make up this flower head which grows in profusion here. (Pedicularis groenlandica)
Sego Lily
7/11/08
A beautiful flower that grows in open dryer areas along the road. Just coming into bloom. Found in meadow #1 and along RedRock road. (Calochortus eurycarpus) MORE
American Bistort
7/11/08
This one was not posted by mistake when it first bloomed. It was first found behind the RV Park about June 12. This specimen was found today at Red Rock Pass, about 6 miles from the park. (Polygonum bistortoides)
Unknown pods
7/11/08
Across the street from the RV Park, unidentified plant most likely with pods (late stage).
Western Coneflower
7/11/08
Along RedRock Road below Red Rock Pass. Also found along Forest Road near RV Park at times. Has very tiny yellow flowers that bloom on black cone (not all at once). (Rudbeckia occidentalisMore in Gravelly Range.
Showy Fleabane
7/11/08
This flower has been blooming for some time. It appears across the street from the RV Park and in Meadow #1. (Erigeron speciousus)
Horsetail Reed
7/12/08
Beautiful tip of the Horsetail Reed found in a moist area near Duck Creek, 1.2 miles from RV Park, along Henry's Lake southwest shore. (Equisetum hyemale)
Yellow Monkeyflower
7/12/08
Found this one along the south shore at Henry's Lake about 1.2 miles from RV Park. Growing in damp soil. (Mimulus guttatusMORE
Western Polemonium
7/12/08
Near the creek at the southwest edge of Henry's Lake, about 1.2 miles from the RV Park. From the looks of the flower, it's been blooming already for a week or so. (Polemonium occidentale) Here's one found on Gravelly Range Ridge Road.
Silverweed
7/12/08
On top of Sawtelle Peak at 10000 feet (3500 feet above the RV park) (Potentilla anserina) This is a Cinquefoil. See the whole plant.
Unknown
7/12/08
Unknown Clover?
On top of Sawtelle Peak at 10000 feet. Looks like a species of clover. MORE
Rabbitbrush
7/12/08
Tall plant (3 to 4 feet) found all over the area. MORE
Daisy
7/13/08
Unidentified Daisy blooming along Red Rock Road with lacy leaves. Full Plant
Northern bedstraw
7/18/08
Found along road behind RV Park. This is found in several areas along the roads here. (Galium borealeMORE
Fireweed
7/19/08
Found along Red Rock Road. This specimen was found along the Henry's Fork of the Snake River near the Mack's Inn Bridge. Beautiful tall "weed". Favorite food of Moose. (Chamerion angustifoliumMORE MORE
Yellow Owls Clover
7/23/08
Found along road behind RV Park. Only a few specimens about 10 to 12 inches tall. (Orthocarpus luteus). Looks a bit like lupine.
Western Sagewort
7/23/08
Behind the RV park and throughout the area. Aromatic like Sagebrush. (Artemisia ludoviciana) This has been growing quite a while. (Actually there are no flowers.)
Willow dock
7/23/08
Behind the RV park. (Rumex salicifoliusMORE
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Blanketflower
07/24/08
This beautiful flower is not found near the RV Park, but on one of the recommended trips to Gravelly Range Ridge road, west of the RV Park and south of Ennis, Montana. It is also found in Red Rock Wildlife Refuge(Gaillardia aristataMORE
Golden Aster
07/24/08
Found along Johnny Ridge road in the Gravelly Range, along the Ridge road. (Chrysopsis villosaMORE
White Geranium
07/24/08
Found on Johnny Ridge Road in the Gravelly Range, Montana. (Geranium richardsonii) Also found in meadow #1 near the RV park. MORE
Yellow Sweet Vetch
07/24/08
Found along Gravelly Range Ridge Road in Montana. (Hedysarum sulphurescens) Leaves.
Shrubby Goldenweed
07/24/08
Found along Gravelly Range Ridge road in Montana on open sunny and rocky slope. (Ericameria suffruticosaMORE
Ivesia
07/24/08
Found along Gravelly Range Ridge road in Montana. (Ivesia gordoniiMORE
Marsh Marigold
07/24/08
Along the Gravelly Range Ridge road in Montana in a rivulet of water from melting snows. (Caltha leptosepalaMORE
Parry's Lousewort
07/24/08
Found along Gravelly Range Ridge road in Montana. Fern-like leaves. (Pedicularis parryl)
unidentified white mat flower
07/26/08
This is a low spreading matted plant with tiny white flowers growing directly behind the RV Park along the road. No other plants grow where this does. See fingernail comparison.
07/26/08
Behind the RV park along the dirt road are several bunches of these flowers. The open and close to the sunlight. The leaves and stems are covered with a fine hair. (Oreostemma alpigenumMORE
Locoweed?
07/27/08
In the forest near Coffee Pot Rapids and Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Leaves(Medicago sativa)(MORE along Forest road across from RV Park 7/30)
Unidentified Flower
07/27/08
First saw this very tiny and wispy plant in the forest near Coffee Pot Rapids and Henry's Fork of the Snake River. I've now seen it behind the RV park along the road. See fingernail comparison. (Epilobium brachycarpumLeavesMORE & MORE
07/27/08
This tiny flower grows on the forest floor near Coffee Pot Rapids in Island Park. Fingernail comparison for size.
Unidentified Penstemon
07/27/08
I can't identify this but it looks like a Penstemon. In the forest near Coffee Pot Rapids and Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Leaves
Pinedrops
07/27/08
This unique non-chlorophyllic plant grows off fungus in the forest near Coffee Pot Rapids in Island Park. See closeup of hanging bell. (Pterospora andromedea)
Parrys Silene
07/28/08
Along dirt road near Ranch, 1 mile west of RV park.(Silene parryi)
common Mullein
07/28/08
A couple specimens starting to bloom behind the RV park along the dirt road. (Verbascum thapsusMORE & MORE
Englemann Aster
07/30/08
These white flowers are blooming on the East side of the Forest Road across from the RV Park. (Eucephalus engelmannii) See whole plant.
Elegant Aster
07/30/08
Along the forest road across from the RV Park. See leaves. (Ionactis stenomeres)
07/30/08
This small plant stands about 12" and each flower has very tiny petals at the top (3 or 4 so far, could be a lot more later) and the leaves are hairy. Along Forest road across from the RV Park. See the entire plant. Closeup of petals.
07/30/08
There are so many purple flowers similar to this, I'm having trouble identifying it. This is a small flower low to the ground. Found along the forest floor across from the RV park. See the leaves.
Arrowleaf Groundsel
07/31/08
Found along Red Rock road near Red Rock pass in Idaho. (Senecio triangularis) See leaf.
Unidentified Sunflower
07/31/08
Small unidentified orange sunflower-like plant, low to the ground, with single flower per stalk at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, at East end of Culver Pond. Whole plant.
American Speedwell
07/31/08
This tiny flower, also known as the American Brooklime was growing along Red Rock Road (near Shambo pond) in Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge in water coming down from the mountain. See fingernail comparison. Whole plant. (Veronica americana)
Canada Thistle
07/31/08
Noxious weed but pretty bloom. Found behind RV Park with sagebrush. (Cirsium arvense) Going to seed.
Western Hawkweed
08/01/08
Found one specimen along the road behind the RV park. Leaves are hairy. (Hieracium scouleriMORE
Unidentified Plant
08/02/08
This interesting plant with extremely tiny yellow flowers was found across from the RV Park in the meadow. Stem is striped red and green.
Unidentified Small White Flower
08/03/08
This very small white flower is on a very delicate wispy plant behind the RV Park. See the leaves. Could this be related to the Speedwell?
Blue Monkshood
08/08/08
Found about 4 miles up Red Rock road next to Duck creek intangled in bushes. (Aconitum columbianumMORE
Spotted Knapweed
08/08/08
This beautiful flower is an invasive noxious weed growing along the side of Red Rock road. (Centaurea maculosa)
Selfheal
08/08/08
This very small plant was found about 4 miles up Red Rock road next to Duck creek under grasses and bushes, hard to find. (Prunella vulgaris)
unidentified yellow bush
08/08/08
Found along Red Rock Road, this sagebrush looking (though not aromatic) bush with tiny yellow star flowers is attractive but unidentified so far. Entire bushMORE
Lewis Monkeyflower
08/15/08
This purple beauty was found along the Grand Loop Road on the slopes of Mount Washburn in Yellowstone Nat'l Park. It was first discovred by Capt Lewis. (Mimulus lewisii)
08/15/08
Found in a forested area along the Blacktail Plateau drive in Yellowstone Natl Park (Actaea rubraCloseup of berries
Rocky Mtn Fringed Gentian
08/15/08
A beautiful purple flower found along the Madison River in west Yellowstone Natl Park. (Gentianopsis thermalis) View down throat of flower.
Water Lily
08/15/08
These yellow ball-shaped flowers were found in a quiet pond in northeast Yellowstone Natl Park. (Nuphar polysepala) See a wider view of several lilies.
CurlyCup Gumweed
08/18/08
Found this along the road behind the RV Park. Produces a sap and an interesting bracts that form "curly cups". (Grindelia squarrosaMORE
08/20/08
This unidentified sunflower-like flower has narrow, long arrow like leaves. Found a single specimen along Henry's Access road, probably from an errant seed. Leaves
Fairybell Berries
08/20/08
Found across the street from the RV Park, I believe this is the berry of the previously found fairybell flower. With heart shaped leaves appears in two's and is orange here, but turns red. (Prosartes trachycarpa)
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