Bitterroot – Montana’s State Flower

Like the cactus the Montana state flower, the bitterroot, is not an easy flower to find.   It is low to the ground and not surrounded by showing vegetation year round.      I was lucky in that one piece of rangeland I was surveying last week there were tons of bitterroot plants getting ready to bloom and there were even a few blooming.


Before the bitterroot flower blooms it is just a couple of small pink buds. You need to be watching closely or you will miss it.


I love this one because it has the bunchgrasses, sage and in the background the lupine of Montana’s rangelands

These were taken in Lake county Montana.