Stunning Montana Native Flowers for Your Cottage Garden

As my horticultural/gardening/whatever this is journey continues, I’ve learned more about growing native plants and the importance of it. I’m not really the person who should be discussing why native plants are important simply because I am not knowledgeable enough to eloquently make the arguments. I’ll let others do that.

Purple Prairie Clover

Dalea Purpurea

I truly adore the plant life of where I live but by god do I wish this guy lived in Gallatin County. I mean look how beautiful this guy is, and just think about it in a floral arrangement! So if you live just about anywhere east of Gallatin County you can delight in this beautiful native flower. Plus, as members of the legume family, they enrich the soil with nitrogen!

Map obtained via the USDA Plants Database

The seeds are available inexpensively from both Everwilde Farms and Seedville USA.

See Prairie Clover on the USDA Plants Database for information on range, to view more pictures and more botanical/horticultural/conservation information.

Blacksamson Echinacea

Echinacea Angustifolia

The western counterpart to the more common eastern echinacea, Echinacea Angustifolia has the same properties as Echinacea Purpurea though it is harder to find. I actually planted Purpurea instead of Angustifolia in my yard because I didn’t want to wait for the seeds, so I’m a bit of a cheater. But, if you’re not a cheater you can find seeds on Etsy and on Everwilde.

See Echinacea Angustifolia on the Montana Field Guide Website for information on range, to view more pictures and more botanical/horticultural/conservation information.

Prairie Smoke

Geum Triflorium

Prairie Smoke, or geum triflorium, is a stunning and unique looking flower. Throughout the season it goes through a few different changes in appearance from the above looking wig to a pretty looking bell shape. It likes dry soils- which seems odd given the fact that it’s in Montana- and have they never seen a Montana spring?

So if you have sandier soils and a warm sunny yard you may be a good candidate for this stunner. You can grab seeds here.

See Prairie Smoke on the USDA Plants Database for information on range, to view more pictures and more botanical/horticultural/conservation information.

Common Milkweed

Asclepias Syriaca

Bit of a note about this guy, it can be a bit of a weed (not invasive in a bad way, just impossible to really control). This is apparently in part because it spreads not only through seed but through rhizomes in the soil. One solution would be to plant this sucker in a pot. That could help.

You can grab these bad boys from SeedvilleUSA.

See Common Milkweed on the USDA Plants Database for information on range, to view more pictures and more botanical/horticultural/conservation information.

Anise Hyssop

Agastache Foeniculum

Anise Hyssop, apart from being beautiful, is a provider of pollen/nectar for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and lots of other great creatures. It is also drought tolerant and deer resistant, which, depending on your proximity to the wild, might be a plus for your garden.

You can buy this pollinator power house on Everwilde.

See Anise Hyssop on the Montana Field Guide Website for information on range, to view more pictures and more botanical/horticultural/conservation information.

Streambank Wild Hollyhock

Iliamna rivularis

Unlike its common name counterpart Alcea hollyhocks, streambank hollyhock is native to the americas and, luckily for us, to the western parts of Montana. It is a beautiful plant with impressive seeds (they can survive up to 50 years).

You can grab some seeds on Etsy.

See Streambank Wild Hollyhock on the USDA Plants Database for information on range, to view more pictures and more botanical/horticultural/conservation information.

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