Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

May Spring Photos

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Prairie Smoke

What joy when springtime comes when skies are blue and days are bright. Once more the wildflower garden becomes a land of enchantment. A time to leisurely roam along the trails and feel the springy earth after the snow is gone. (Former Curator Martha Crone April 1956)

In spring the Woodland Garden bursts into its finest display while only the earliest bloomers show in the Upland Garden. The transition from April to May is irregular, dependent on the earlyness or lateness of the season. Even in a late season the flowers shown here will be blooming sometime in May. More photos of each plant and additional plant information can be found at the link on the plant name. Alternate common names for plants are listed in ( ).

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum). You will find these popping up in many places in the Garden
Foam flower
Foamflower (Heartleaf Foamflower) (Tiarella cordifolia). In the Woodland Garden
American Black Currant
American Black Currant (Ribes americanum) Woodland Garden Wetland area

Swamp Buttercup
Swamp Buttercup (Hispid Buttercup) (Ranunculus hispidus). Family: Ranunculaceae. In the Woodland Garden.
Large Flowered trillium
Large-flowered Trillium (White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). Found in the Woodland Garden

Drooping trillium
Drooping Trillium (Nodding Wakerobin) (Trillium flexipes) located in the Woodland Garden. Lily Family. The flower has a 2 to 4 inch long stalk causing the "droop".
Purple Trillium
Purple Trillium (Trillium erectum) located in large numbers in the Woodland Garden.

Virginia Bluebells
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) Located in many places in the Woodland Garden. Leaves can have a bluish appearance. Buds with a pink tinge. Several whit-flowered plants are growing also.
Canada Violet
Canada Violet (Viola canadensis) located in the Woodland Garden. Widespread in the Minnesota woods.

Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa) located in the Woodland Garden and shady spots in the Upland Garden. A common shrub of the Minnesota woods.
Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's-ladder (Greek Valerian) (Polemonium reptans). Found in the Woodland Garden, the bell shaped blue to purple flowers have protruding stamens.
Shooting Star
Shooting Star (Pride of Ohio) (Dodecatheon media). The Ohio state flower. One of the early bloomers in the Upland Garden, quite well distributed. The flowers stand out on tall stems above the basal clump of leaves.

Wild Calla
Wild Calla (Water Arum) (Calla palustris). In the wetland.
Running Myrtle
Common Periwinkle (Running Myrtle) (Vinca minor). Hillside patches in the Woodland Garden on Violet Way.

Wild Geranium
Wild Geranium (Spotted Geranium) (Geranium maculatum). You will find large swaths of these in the Woodland Garden. Color can vary by micro-location.
Virginia Waterleaf
Virginia Waterleaf (Eastern Waterleaf) (Hydrophyllum virginianum). Found extensively in the Woodland Garden, the flowers are white to lavender shaded, in clusters, with long protruding stamens. In some cases the leaves may look mottled as though water stained.

Yellow Lady's-slipper
Yellow Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens). The largest clump is found at Guidebook station 8 in the Woodland Garden; it blooms as early as mid May.
Yellow Trillium
Yellow Trillium (Yellow Wakerobin) (Trillium luteum) located in the Woodland Garden on Geranium Path.