Plants

The plants in Montana aren't as diverse as in other parts of the country, but with the short growing season, they're tenacious--just like us Montanans. Here's a field guide courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. For medicinal uses, consult Hill Botanical or another local herbalist.

Plant Guide 

Fall leaves, autumn, fall colors, chlorophyll, trees
Certo, Johhny
The leaves they are a-changin'. Read more >>
Mountain States Foraging, Montana Flora
Brayton, Lea
Briana Wile’s Mountain States Foraging (Timber Press, $30) is the only guide I’d want in my pack on a back Read more >>
the editors
Categorizing conifers.Think all conifers are pretty much the same? Think again. Next time you’re in the woods, use these simple ID-techniques to better understand your environment.  Read more >>
O'Neal, Meghan
When you look at the tree-covered mountains of Montana, you can’t help but notice patches of red scarring the green hillsides: these are whitebark pines, and they’re dying at an alarming rate. Read more >>
Hammond, Jay
Until recently, scientists thought all the work Mother Nature put into creating fall’s astonishing colors served no ecological purpose—but they were wrong. As the nights grow noticeably longer and temperatures drop, the chemical that makes leaves green—chlorophyll—breaks down. Read more >>
Vinje, Eric
Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment. When garden soil is in good shape, there’s less of a need for fertilizers or pesticides. Read more >>
Beaudoin, Kate
The effects of climate change are already evident, and the stakes are high for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers living in southwest Montana who recreate year-round in Yellowstone National Park. Read more >>
Editors
It’s easy to rebuff Old Man Winter by ducking inside, stoking up the woodstove, and thumbing your nose at the howling winds beating vainly on the windows. But what about your botanical buddies outside? Think they’re having a good time, completely unprotected while winter rages on? Read more >>
Hopper, Carolyn
Did you know there’s a wild garden around you? It’s available for your viewing pleasure during easy ambles on trails around town and on steeper stretches that reach up to 10,000 feet. Some of the flowers are like jewels that hug the ground; others paint the view as far as you can see. Read more >>
Cashman, Jan
Want to grow your own veggies? Interest in raised-bed gardening is growing, and the local climate and soils make them a great way to go in Bozeman. Here's how to get started.Why a Raised Bed? Read more >>
DeFuentes, Paloma
The aroma of lavender is beautiful, and people have known this for centuries—both the Greeks and Romans scented their soaps and bathwater with it. But its use goes far beyond air freshener; lavender is a balancing oil that relaxes and stimulates. Read more >>
Bass, Rick
After a long winter in the Montana high country, glacier lilies are among the first color to return that does not crawl or creep or fly. Read more >>
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