Early spring blossoms at Eloise Butler Wildflower Gardens, Minneapolis

Minnesota’s spring wildflowers are generally dainty little things, very different from the bold spring flowers of the southwest. However, in sufficient quantity, they can be equally dramatic.

That drama was on display two weeks ago at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Gardens in Minneapolis, where the woodland floor was carpeted with white trout lilies (Erythronium albidum Nutt.). . .

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Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

and a few large patches of yellow trout lilies (Erythronium americanum Ker Gawl.).

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Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Of course, they aren’t the only plants in bloom here:

Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) creeps along the ground,

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) blooms in patches of brilliant white,

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat


purple (Trillium erectum), red (Trillium sulcatum), and yellow (Trillium luteum) trilliums (the white ones and other related plants will begin blooming soon),

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

a few scttered Dutchman’s breeches bloom (Dicentra cucullaria),

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

False rue anemone (Enemion biternatum),

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several types of hepatica (Anemone acutiloba) in a variety of colors,

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Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - ExplorationVacation.net


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twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla),

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and soon-to-bloom Virgina bluebells (Mertensia virginica).

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Not all the action is on the ground though, as the trees are budding and blooming and the woodpeckers busily searching for lunch.

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

The arrival of spring is more subtle in the garden’s wetlands, where marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris) bloom and the skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is sprouting.

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Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Not all of the garden is down in the woods; some of it is located in an upland prairie where spring has yet to arrive.

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

Eloise Butler Wildflower garden Minneapolis Minnesota - Explorat

When the wildflower garden was established in 1907, it was the first public wildflower garden in the country. The garden is located in Theodore Wirth Regional Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is open daily.

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6 thoughts on “Early spring blossoms at Eloise Butler Wildflower Gardens, Minneapolis”

  1. What a stunning selection of photos! I would just love to walk around your area of the world with my camera in hand.
    I appreciate you joining Floral Friday Fotos and look forward to your next post for this meme.

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