Sep 17 2010

Syringa by the Boise River

Published by at 9:31 AM under Flowers,History,Plants,Scenery


Ah.., what beautiful scenes we have here in Idaho. Keep a wary eye upon the narrow twisting mountain roads but also be aware of the passng scenery. This flowering shrub, Syringa (Philadelphus lewisii), is Idaho’s state flower. It may be found throughout most of the state. Although this flower was generally accepted as the state flower since the early 1890s it was officially adopted by the state legislature in 1931. This photo was taken in mid-June 2005. Notice how the shape of the river below draws the viewer’s eye toward the flower. 

This four-petaled flower is white with a yellow center. It has a very pleasant aroma. It seems to thrive on rocky slopes above rivers and streams. Close to the city of Boise we find this plant along Highway 21 between Diversion Dam and Discovery State Park in early June. A week or two later it is found in profusion along the same highway on Mores Creek past mile marker #22.

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  1. Idaho_Birderon 17 Sep 2010 at 10:10 AM

    I agree that the Syringa flower was an apt choice for the State Flower. I too love the fragrance. We have a lot of Syringa up the in the draws with streams here in the Boise foothills. Great photo Al!

  2. Lisa Evanchoon 20 Sep 2010 at 12:24 PM

    I am photographer for myself not really experienced tho, but I can say that this photography is truly amazing.

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