Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Seasonal Photos - August

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Culver's Root

August has a look all its own, field and meadows are turning from green to yellow. Meadows waysides are aglow with golden-rods mingling with the blue and purple of asters. Birds songs are no longer heard to any extent, yet the air is full of insect music, outstanding of which is the whirring crescendo of the big cicada, as well as the chirps of crickets, katydids and grasshoppers. So the summer is retreating before the slow but sure advance of autumn and already carries a hint of the changes soon to take place. Former Curator Martha Crone.

In late summer, mid July to early September, the Upland Garden becomes a riot of color with plants of all sizes blooming in a multitude of colors. All the plants pictured on this page are usually blooming around mid-August. More photos and plant information can be found by looking up individual plants in the "Archive/Site Plan". Alternate common names for plants are listed in ( ).

Joe-Pye Weed
Sweet Scented Joe-Pye Weed(Eutrochium purpureum (L.) E.E.Lamont). Family: Aster (Aster). Located in the Upland Garden in numerous clumps, the flowers are very attractive to butterflies. This variety has a solid stem, greenish with purple usually only at the leaf nodes.
Wild Bergamot
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa L.). Family: Mint. Varieties of this plant are marketed in the nursery trade as "Monarda". The plant is very attractive to bees.

Gray-headed cone flower
Gray-headed coneflower(Ratibida pinnata (Vent.) Barnhart). Family: Aster. Found in Minnesota south of the Twin Cities. A different Genus than the other coneflowers.
Culver's Root
Culver's root (Veronicastrum virginicum (L.) Farw.). Family: Figwort. Found in many places in the Upland Garden, this plant will grow well in the home garden also.
Green-headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata L.). Family: Aster. The early center disk is greenish-yellow, turning to brown as the flower develops. The leaves differ from the Gray-headed Coneflower. Upland and Woodland Gardens. Found around Minnesota in scattered places.

Partridge Pea
Partridge-pea (Cassia fasciculata (Michx.). Family: Pea. Leaves are sensitive to daylight and fold the leaflets toward each other with darkness or when touched. Upland Garden.
Spotted Jewelweed
Spotted Touch-me-not. (Jewelweed) (Impatiens capensis Meerb.). Family: Touch-me-not. Late summer color in the Woodland Garden. Prolific in wet years.

Prairie Dock
Prairie Dock (Prairie Rosinweed) (Silphium terebinthinaceum Jacq.). Family: Aster. As the tallest flower in the Upland Garden you cannot miss this giant. This is the last of the four Silphiums in the Upland Garden to bloom.
Field Thistle
Field thistle (Cirsium discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Spreng.).Family: Aster. Upland Garden. A common plant of fields and roadsides with deeply cut leaves. A favorite of bees and butterflies.
Blazing Star
Northern Blazing Star (New England Blazing Star) (Liatris scariosa (L.) Willd. var. novae-angliae Lunell). Family: Aster. Upland Garden. Stems are erect - from 1 to 3+ feet in height. Blazing Stars are also called Gayfeathers.

Chicory (Cichorium intybus L.). Family: Aster. Upland Garden along the edges of the paths. The flowers will only open in the sun and may close by early afternoon. A native of Eurasia, now naturalized in parts of Minnesota. Spreads easily by seeds so beware in the home garden.
Chicory (Cichorium intybus L.). The same plant as the blue flowered one shown prior. While the majority of the plants in the Upland Garden have blue flowers, they occasionally can be white. This plant grows near several blue flowered ones at the east end of the Upland Garden.

Flowering Spurge
Flowering Spurge(Euphorbia corollata L.). Family: Spurge. Upland Garden. Small flowers in open clusters branching out above a distinctive whorl of leaves, which are otherwise alternate below the whorl. Occurs most in Southeastern Minnesota.
False Dragonhead
Obedient Plant (False Dragonhead.) (Physostegia virginiana (L.) Benth.).Family: Mint. Woodland Garden on the marsh path. Bloom begins in mid August. The common name is from the tendency of the flower to remain in a position it is placed in. Common to most of Minnesota in moist areas.
Blackeyed susan
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta L.). Family: Aster. Found throughout the Upland Garden where it is the first coneflower to seasonally bloom and where bloom can continue until frost..

Zzig Zag Goldenrod
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis L.). Family: Aster. This plant from the Woodland Garden. Flowers in the leaf axils. Leaves tend to be more oval at lower parts of the stem, which develops a characteristic zig-zag. Found widely in Minnesota except the original dry prairie areas.
Tall Bellflower
Tall Bellflower (American Bellflower). (Campanulastrum americanum (L.) Small). Family: Bluebell. Woodland Garden. The star-shaped flowers a light blue with a prominent curved style in the center. Found most in the southern woody third of Minnesota. A shade loving plant.
Swallowtail on Culver's Root
A Swallowtail butterfly on a Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum (L.) Farw.) Flower in the Upland Garden.