V 2, No. 1, Fall 1988 – Steve Shelly and Lisa Schassberger profile one of Montana’s Rare and Endangered Plants, Arabis fecunda, Sapphire Rockcress; in “Symbiosis: Plants and Their Fungal Partners” Frank Dugan outlines the importance of micorrhizal and other fungal interactions with plants; Jeanne Pfeiffer reports about, “Wildflowers Sought for use in Low-Cost, Low-Care Landscaping;” and a memoriam for revered naturalist, Larry Thompson.
V 2, No. 2, Winter 1989 – In “Timberline: What, Where, Who, and Why,” Sue Trull reviews the characteristics and causes of the timberline phenomenon with species examples and references; in the series, Profile: Montana’s Native Plants, an article on “Miner’s Lettuce, Montia (Claytonia) perfoliata” is reprinted from the Washington Native Plant Society newsletter; “Nettles… Better than Spinach ever thought of Being” is a recipe for this edible wild plant reprinted from D.R. Kirk’s book on edible wild plants; Dee Strickler gives directions to one location for Kelseya uniflora within easy walking distance of a road; and “Wildflower Conservation Guidelines,” is reprinted from The Columbine.
V 2, No. 3, Spring 1989 – “Montana’s Microflora: Diatoms” by Loren L. Bahls tells about frustules and other diatomaceous facts and includes references; Charlotte Heron issues a “Purple Loosestrife Alert” with references; Anne Banks tells the etymology of “Valley of the Flowers”; and in “Bitterroots Babied,” Kim Williams relates some tips on the cultivation of Montana’s floral emblem.
V 2, No. 4, Summer 1989 – “Paintbrushes are Beautiful Bandits” by Peter Lesica nicely describes Castelleja spp. and includes references; a collections report on Goodyera repens documented by Wayne Phillips from the Little Belt Mountains; “After Forest Wildfire, then what?… Masses of Flowers!” by Peter Stickney is reprinted from the newsletter of the UM Wilderness Studies and Information Center; in “Imminence of Extinction within the Next Ten Years” Virginia Vincent introduces the Center for Plant Conservation and concerns about pending extinctions at the end of the 20th century; and a field trip report by Kathy Ahlenslager discusses Lomatium spp. on Mount Sentinel.