I found this beauty by Trumble Creek, near Whitefish, Montana (USA). I have no idea what kind of flowers these are. They grow all over by the creeks in this area. The plants are fairly tall, with thick stalks on them. In August, they are covered with dark berries. These small flowers have a green center. At the time this photo was taken there were several small, light pink, berries starting to form at the bottom of the stamens. The ends of the stamens are also light pink.
I’ve finally been able to identify this as a White Spiraea (Spiraea alba).
“General – slender, erect shrub with few branches, to 1.5 m tall; branches not round, but more or less angled or ridged; twigs yellowish to reddish brown, hairless or minutely hairy; outer bark peels off in narrow, papery strips.”
“Leaves – simple, alternate, 4-6 cm long, narrowly lance-shaped to elliptic, pointed at both ends; edges finely toothed; dark green above, paler below, hairless or occasionally with fine hairs on veins below.”
“Flowers – in dense, long, finely hairy, many-flowered clusters at branch tips; 5 sepals, broadly triangular; 5 petals, white, 2-3 mm long, flowering from June to September.” [taken from borealforest.org]
Photo taken in July of 2009 with a Nikon CoolPix P80 camera. It was converted to black and white in IrfanView.
- Kathleen -