By Rick and Susie Graetz
University of Montana Department of Geography 

Beargrass and yucca are two signature Montana plants


Montana Yucca plants

Two particular flowering plants are the toast of late spring and summer in Montana. In the mountain forests and openings of northwestern Montana, beargrass – the official flower of Glacier National Park – struts its stuff along roads and highways, as well as throughout the wilderness areas in northwest Montana. Meanwhile, the sturdy yucca stands guard over the rolling land and river breaks east of the mountains. Both plants, so similar yet so different, are symbolic of the land they grow on.

Beargrass has bell- or egg-shaped plumes made of hundreds of tiny, delicate, creamy white flowe...

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