This web site presents a wide variety of Montana wildflowers and other plants growing
in the wilds of Montana. The flora of Montana is very varied and contains many species
which range extends from the Pacific Northwest region as well as from the Great Plains. The site
includes edible plants, medicinal plants as well as poisonous plants with sub-categories for
edible roots, poisonous berries etc. Choices can also be made for displaying introduced vs.
native plants and weeds.
On the left menu there are indexes for english and scientific names, plus all presented species
ordered after families. There are also lists for flowering month and plant types, for a total
of 31 different indexes.
Each presented species has its own page with pictures, a full description and, if applicable,
information about edibility, medicinal and poisonous properties. The plant search engine from the
title bar above can be used to search the entire plant identification database for any words or
phrases, for example "lily", "arthritis", "Lewisia", "cancer" etc.
If a name is not found in the indexes, it can often be found from a search instead.
Each presented plant family has its own page with a description of its unique characteristics plus
a plant identification online guide with pictures, short descriptions and links to the species that
belong to it.
The menu on the title bar above is the main navigation of the site. On the plant identification
page, flower color, number of petals, leaf type etc. can be selected to find an unknown
plant. This unique online plant identification system uses easy choices and images instead of a
traditional plant identification key to arrive at the correct species.
The site is created with the intent that anybody, without much prior knowledge about botany,
should be able to identify and find information about Montana wildflowers and plants in general
from the Montana flora. Therefore the guides on each family and genus page have also been set up
to use easily recognizable features about the plants and, in addition, the images can be used to
find the correct species.
A Plant CD is available for purchase and with the same
functions for search and identification as the web site, the link is also found on the menu above.
Major advantages of running the site from a CD is that all the plant images pop up instantly, instead
of waiting for downloading, and also that it can be taken into the field on a laptop.
Suggestions, comments or questions are more than welcome, and can be entered on the
form provided from the menu. We are especially interested in knowing about any errors that
may be found on any page, or inaccuracies in the results from making choices from the plant
identification page. Any information about edibility or medicinal use is for informational
purposes only, and is not intended to be used for practical applications.