Bear Grass Bloom

I have had this Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens for about 7 months but have never really used it that much, thought I would try it out for a few days to see what kind of results I get. Definitely has some nice bokeh, but the DOF is razor thin. I had to shoot this at f/4 to get the bloom in reasonable focus. I experimented this evening on a waterfall that is a couple miles from home, will have to see what the results are. Hopefully there will be something worth posting tomorrow.

Family: Liliaceae, Lily
Genus: Xerophyllum

Description General: robust, evergreen perennial, flowering stems erect, 50-150 cm tall, from short rhizomes, 1-2 cm thick. Leaves: mainly basal, in large clumps, grass-like, tough and wiry, 15-60 cm long and 1.5-4 mm broad, with sharp, finely toothed edges. Stem leaves alternate, similar to the basal but much shorter.
Flowers: white, fragrant, many in a terminal cluster that is at first short, cone-shaped, but elongating to as much as 50 cm tall, club-shaped or bottle-brush-like, in late flower. Flower stalks slender, 2.5-5 cm long. The 6 tepals oblong, distinct, mostly 6-8 mm long. Stamens as long as or exceeding the tepals. Styles proper scarcely 1 mm long, the 3 branches curved back, about 3 mm long, stigmatic the full length. Flowering time: June-August.
Fruits:
capsules, 5-7 mm long, dry, oval, strongly 3-lobed, the seeds 2-6 per compartment.

Distribution
Drier, open woods and clearings, montane to subalpine zone, in w. and c. parts of MT. Also from s.e. B.C. and s.w. Alberta to CA and ID.

Medicinal Uses:
Beargrass was used for medicinal purposes by the Blackfoot Indians. A decoction of grated roots was used as and orthopedic aid for breaks and sprains. Roots were washed and rubbed to make a lather and used to wash sores. A poultice of chewed roots was applied to wounds.

Other Uses:
This species was long used by Native Americans who wove it into baskets. Baskets from this plant have also been used for cooking food in. Its fibrous leaves, which turn from green to white as they dry, are tough, durable, and easily dyed and manipulated into tight waterproof weaves. The dried and bleached leaves have also been used for weaving into hats and capes.

Source: http://montana.plant-life.org/