Posted: Jun 18, 2012 11:07 AM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News
MISSOULA- The first bitterroot flowers of the season are popping up across Western Montana as the dainty yet durable fuchsia stained flowers have made their way up through the soil.
The Montana state flower can reach up to four centimeters across, close up each night and reopen with the morning sun.
The roots were historically harvested with a digging stick and eaten by Native Americans. The bitterroot was selected to be the Montana state flower on February 27, 1895.