I‘d never heard of it, but as more and more of these tall white stalks appeared along the roadside, I began to wonder what it was. And then I had to stop and walk into the woods to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me.

The National Park Service website informed me that beargrass is a wildflower that blooms near the west entrance to Glacier National Park, and was named by the Lewis and Clark expedition. It can grow up to five feet tall and each rosette blooms only once. Bears don’t eat it, but sheep, deer, elk and goats do. Beargrass can be seen annually, but sparsely, in the spring… but if conditions are just right, with ideal rainfall and soil moisture, mass blooming can occur… every five to ten years! Who knew we would be so lucky?!!!!

Whitefish to East Glacier-4West Glacier to Whitefish-45West Glacier to Whitefish-53West Glacier to Whitefish-41West Glacier to Whitefish-58West Glacier to Whitefish-40West Glacier to Whitefish-55June 12, 2017_688_170612

3 thoughts on “Beargrass

  1. Sort of makes up for the Road to the Sun snow. Julie and her family have been in Glacier this week. Now heading to Yellowstone. A grand part of the planet.
    Thanks for your postings.

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