V02-1, 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 micorrhiza 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.
V02-2, 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; part of the series “Profile: Montana’s Native Plants” is an article on “Miner’s Lettuce, Montia (Claytonia) perfoliata” reprinted from the Washington Native Plant Society newsletter; “Nettles… Better than Spinach Ever Thought of Being” is a recipe 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.
V02-3, 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.
V02-4, 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.