Botanical | Coneflower Color Morphs

Prairie coneflowers are a common sight this time of year in meadows and along roadsides. Cheery yellow blossoms with a green and brown cone center grace the Hills abundantly. They’re humble little flowers, and an indication that summer is indeed here!
Prairie ConeflowerAbout a week and a half ago, however, I noticed a strange one blooming up near our mailbox along Highway 40 – Instead of sunny yellow, the petals were daubed with a beautiful crimson. Since first noticing the single mutant flower, the rest of the plant has flowered, producing more color morph flowers! What a fun find. When it re-seeds or the plant comes back next summer, I wonder if the color variation will still be present!
Coneflower Color MorphEven “accidents” in God’s Creation can be so beautiful!

Laura Elizabeth


Botanical | Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed susans and milkweed mean that summer is here! Spotted these on the shores of Lakota Lake this afternoon.UntitledThe first of the summer season.

Laura Elizabeth


Botanical | Rock Clematis

These quirky little blossoms bloomed all along the rim of Hell’s Canyon, some of them still closed, others in full bloom.rock clematis mediumWhile most of them were blooming in the earth, we did find a clump of them growing in the cleft of a rock.

Laura Elizabeth

Botanical | Canada violet

If you’ve read much of my blog, you probably have picked up on the fact that I kind of love violets. This little beauty is no exception. canada violet mediumFound these in thick carpets along Hell Canyon.

Laura Elizabeth


Botanical | White Milkwort

I only saw these once along the Hell Canyon trail. They looked like little upside-down clusters of grapes!white milkwortAlmost unnoticeable next to the flashier, showier wildflowers, but these are charming.

Laura Elizabeth

Botanical | Cutleaf Anemone

Found this little gem along the Hell Canyon trail, west of Custer. Ranged in color from palest pink to a deep fuchsia. cutleaf anemone medium

Their blossoms are probably a centimeter long, maybe a half inch, and don’t open any further than this. They’re a relative of the pasqueflower, since both are genus anemone.

Laura Elizabeth