Bitterroot

June in Montana

Wildflower season in the Northern Rockies is in full bloom late May through June. This year, I got spent several weeks at our house during the peak of the flower season. I walked all over the property with my camera trying to make sure that I cataloged the species there.

A Few Notable Flowers I Found:

ARROWLEAF BALSAMROOT

This flower is scattered all over the North 40. I found it at the base of the Douglas firs as well as growing right out of the rocks. The leaf is fuzzy like lambs ears here in the east.

BITTERROOT

BitterrootBitterroot is the Montana State Flower!  It is small and grows low to the ground. It is actually a succulent. The bloom grows right up on a fleshy stem right out of the ground. There aren’t any “leaves” as such. The blooms were a pretty classic dark pink, though most pictures I’ve seen online are pale pink.