Life Finds a Way by rocamiadesign

9/22/11 – Featured in the WILDFLOWERS OF NORTH AMERICA Group.
11/2/11 – Featured in the HERBAL COLLECTION Group.
11/18/11 – Featured in the WILDFLOWERS OF THE WORLD Group.

In 2005 the Robert Fire decimated over 100,000 acres of land in Glacier National Park. It jumped the river into the park near Great Northern Flats, where this photo was taken. These flowers are growing along the bank of the Northfork of the Flathead River, along with several other varieties of wildflowers, a sign that life has started the cycle of regeneration. The burned trees in the background were left standing, but the trees near the raft launch were cut down to protect the rafters who flock here in the summer.

These beautiful flowers belong to Ragwort (Senecioneae Jacobaea), which is a noxious weed and highly poisonous. Because so many cattle have been killed by Ragwort, the state of Montana is trying to eradicate it. In spite of being poisonous, ragwort is used by herbalists. I found the following information at natural medicine herbs.

The plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue and expectorant. The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and is dried for later use. Use with caution, when applied internally it can cause severe damage to the liver. See also the notes above on toxicity. An emollient poultice is made from the leaves. The juice of the plant is cooling and astringent, it is used as a wash in burns, sores, cancerous ulcers and eye inflammations. It makes a good gargle for ulcerated mouths and throats and is also said to take away the pain of a bee sting. Caution is advised here since the plant is poisonous and some people develop a rash from merely touching this plant. A decoction of the root is said to be good for treating internal bruises and wounds. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea and other female complaints, internal haemorrhages and other internal disorders.

Photo taken across the river from the western edge of Glacier National Park, Montana (USA), August 13, 2011, with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.


  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Nice shot … nature will prevail !

  • Thanks, Trish! I’m always heartened to see how much nature is able to overcome adversity. I took a photo of a tree growing in the middle of a ruined bridge, and we’ve all seen how grasses make their way through cracks in pavement.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Charldia
    Charldiaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture … thank for this nice info

  • Thank you, Maggie!

    – rocamiadesign

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you, Ann!

    – rocamiadesign

  • John Bullen
    John Bullenover 3 years ago

    Terrific shot…great foreground, background and context…top stuff!

  • Thank you very much!

    – rocamiadesign

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 3 years ago

    They are such pretty cheerful flowers, it is a shame they are poisonous. We found many plants had been ripped out of the ground on our travels in Scotland.

  • That is so sad! There are so many plants that are considered weeds in one part of the world and have many uses in other parts.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATION!! Well deserved feature!!

  • artsandherbs
    artsandherbsover 3 years ago

    Congratulations You have been featured in the Herbal Collection Group

  • Thank you very much, Mieke!

    – rocamiadesign

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