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Autumn Wildflower Seedheads and Fruits of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

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Thumbnails of some autumn seed-heads and fruits that you may encounter on a visit - September 1st to Mid-October. This page includes both the Upland and Woodland Gardens. Alternate common names for plant are shown in ( ), woody plants designated by "*". Timing of bloom will vary with each year's weather pattern.
Plant names with web links lead to a separate page of plant information and photos on that plant.
Images are arranged by color categories and then by scientific name with color.
Download printable PDF File in Scientific Name Order within Color. Pages 11 high x 8.5 inches wide, 5 pages, 20 images per page. Low resolution 715kb. - - - Hi resolution 5.4mb. Best for printing.


White Baneberry
White Baneberry
Actaea pachypoda
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Red Baneberry-White Berry Type
Actaea rubra
Thimbleweed seed
Thimbleweed &
Tall Thimbleweed

before capsule burst
Anemone cylindrica &
Anemone virginiana
Thimbleweed seed
Thimbleweed &
Tall Thimbleweed

after capsule burst
Anemone cylindrica &
Anemone virginiana
Spreading Dogbane seed
Spreading Dogbane
(Common Dogbane)

Apocynum androsaemifolium
Indian Hemp
Indian Hemp
(AKA American Dogbane)
Apocynum cannabinum
Poke Milkweed pods
Poke Milkweed
Asclepias exaltata
Summer Green Pod - seed pappus is white.
Swamp Milkweed
Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
Swamp Milkweed
Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
Common Milkweed
Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Common Milkweed Seed
Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Butterfly Milkweed
Butterfly Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly milkweed seed
Butterfly Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa
Whorled Milkweed
Whorled Milkweed
Asclepias verticillata
Whorled Milkweed
Whorled Milkweed
Asclepias verticillata
Fireweed
Fireweed
Chamerion angustifolium
snowberry
Snowberry*
Symphoricarpos albus
wolfberry
Wolfberry*
Symphoricarpos occidentalis
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Gray Dogwood*
(Graybark Dogwood)

Cornus racemosa
Red Osier Dogwood fruit
Redosier Dogwood*
Cornus sericea
Bittersweet
Climbing Bittersweet
(American Bittersweet)
Early fall

Celastrus scandens
Thimbleweed seed
Thimbleweed &
Tall Thimbleweed

before capsule burst
Anemone cylindrica &
Anemone virginiana
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Buttonbush*
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Virgin's bower
Virgin's Bower
Clematis virginiana
Turk's Cap Lily Seed Pod
Turk's-cap Lily &
Michigan Lily

Lilium superbum and Lilium michiganense
Hog Peanut pods
Hog Peanut
Amphicarpaea bracteata
Partridge Pea
Partridge Pea
Chamaecrista fasciculata
Showy Ticktrefoil
Ticktrefoil - Showy
(Canada Ticktrefoil)
Desmodium canadense
(3 to 5 pod segments)
Pointed-leaf ticktrefoil
Ticktrefoil - Pointed-leaf
Desmodium glutinosum
(only 2 or 3 pod segments)
Clammy Ground Cherry
Clammy Ground Cherry
Physalis heterophylla
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American Bladdernut*
Staphylea trifolia
Partridge Pea Seed pod
Partridge Pea
Chamaecrista fasciculata
Showy tick-Trefoil
Showy Ticktrefoil
(Canada Ticktrefoil)

Desmodium canadense
Southern Arrowwood
Southern Arrowwood*
Viburnum dentatum
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Blue Cohosh
Caulophyllum thalictroides
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Pagoda Dogwood*
(Alternate-leaf Dogwood)

Cornus alternifolia
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Silky Dogwood*
(Pale Dogwood)

Cornus amomum
(Cornus obliqua)
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Eastern Red Cedar*
Juniperus virginiana
Grape Woodbine
Woodbine
(AKA Grape Woodbine)
Parthenocissus vitacea
Great solomon's Seal
Great Solomon's Seal
(Smooth Solomon's Seal)
Polygonatum biflorum
Carrion Flower
Carrion Flower
Smilax ecirrhata & Smilax lasioneura
Deep blue - almost black
Nannyberry
Nannyberry*
Viburnum lentago
Deep blue - almost black
Riverbank Grape
River Bank Grape
Vitis riparia
American Spikenard
American Spikenard
Aralia racemosa
Black cherry fruit
Black Cherry*
Prunus serotina
Chokecherry fruit
Chokecherry*
Prunus virginiana
American Elderberry fall fruit
Canada Elderberry*
(American Black Elderberry)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis
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Red Baneberry -Red Berry Type
Actaea rubra
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Jack-in-the-pulpit
Arisaema triphyllum
Asparagus berry
Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis
Wild Calla
Wild Calla
(AKA Water Arum)
Calla palustris
Bittersweet
Climbing Bittersweet
(American Bittersweet)
Late fall

Celastrus scandens
Hawthorn Fruit
Hawthorn*
Crataegus chrysocarpa
Eastern Wahoo
Eastern Wahoo*
Euonymus atropurpureus
Goldenseal fruit
Goldenseal
Hydrastis canadensis
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Winterberry*
(Black Alder)

Ilex verticillata
Limber Honeysuckle
Climbing Honeysuckle*
(Limber Honeysuckle*)
Lonicera dioica
(Photo ©Wm. Justice, USDA-NRCS.)
Tatairian Honeysuckle
Tatarian Honeysuckle*
Lonicera tatarica
(Photo ©Robert W. Freckmann, Wis. Flora.)
False Solomon's Seal
False Solomon's Seal
(Feathery False Lily of the Valley)

Maianthemum racemosum
Starry False Solomon's Seal
Starry False Solomon's Seal
Maianthemum stellatum
Partridge Berry
Partridge Berry
Mitchella repens. Photo ©Merel R. Black, Wisconsin Flora
Pin Cherry
Pin Cherry*
Prunus pensylvanica
Fragrant Sumac
Fragrant Sumac*
Rhus aromatica
Smooth sumac
Smooth Sumac*
Rhus glabra
Staghorn sumac fall fruit
Staghorn Sumac*
Rhus hirta
Prairie Wild Rose hips
Wild Roses*
6 species - information sheet for details
Bittersweet Nightshade
Climbing Nightshade (Bittersweet Nightshade)
Solanum dulcamara
Coralberry
Coralberry*
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
Highbush Cranberry
Highbush Cranberry*
(American Cranberrybush)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum
European Cranberry Fruit
European Cranberrybush*
Viburnum opulus var. opulus
Prickly Ash
Prickly Ash*
Zanthoxylum americanum
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Horse Gentian
Triosteum perfoliatum
Leadplant
Leadplant
Amorpha canescens
Big Bluestem
Big Bluestem
Andropogon gerardii
Burdock
Lesser Burdock

Arctium minus
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Canadian Milk Vetch
Astragalus canadensis
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Field thistle
Cirsium discolor
Sweet Fern seed
Sweet Fern*
Comptonia peregrina
Wild Yamroot
Wild Yamroot
Dioscorea villosa. Photo ©Jeff McMillian, USDA-NRCS Plants Database
Sweet Joe-Pye Weed
Sweet Scented Joe-Pye Weed -
Spotted Joe-Pye similar
Eupatorium purpureum
Kentucky Coffeetree
Kentucky Coffeetree*
Gymnocladus dioicus
Cow Parsnip
Cow Parsnip
Heracleum maximum
Roundheaded Bushclover
Round-headed Bushclover
(AKA Round-headed Lespedeza)
Lespedeza capitata
Evening Primrose
Common Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis
Ironwood seed
Hophornbeam*
(Ironwood)

Ostrya virginiana
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Ninebark*
(Common Ninebark)

Physocarpus opulifolius
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Curly Dock
Rumex crispus
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Indian Grass
Sorghastrum nutans
Trailing Wild Bea
Trailing Wild Bean
Strophostyles helvola
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Common Cattail
Typha latifolia
Cattail late fall seed
Cattail
late fall seed dispersal
Shaggy Blazing Star
Shaggy Blazing Star
Liatris pilosa
Northern Blazing Star seeds
Northern Blazing Star
(New England Blazing Star)

Liatris scariosa . var. novae-angliae
Wild Onion
Wild Onion
(Autumn Onion)

Allium stellatum
Wild Leek
Wild Leek
Allium tricoccum
Black chokeberry
Black Chokeberry*
Aronia melanocarpa
(Photinia melanocarpa)
White False Indigo pods
White False Indigo
(Wild White Indigo)

Baptisia alba var. macrophylla
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False Blue Indigo
(Blue Wild Indigo)

Baptisia australis
Blackberry Lily
Blackberry Lily
Belamcanda chinensis
Glossy Buckthorn
Glossy Buckthorn*
Rhamnus frangula
Common Buckthorn
Common Buckthorn*
Rhamnus cathartica
Blackberry
Allegheny Blackberry* - late season
Rubus allegheniensis
Black Nightshade
Black Nightshade
Solanum nigrum

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