Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Upland Hillside

For 65 years - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Garden Plant of the Week

American Lopseed

American Lopseed
Phryma leptostachya L.

This unique plant is the only representative of the Phryma genus in North America. It is widespread in Minnesota, preferring the shady understory of trees. The corolla is white with the upper parts of the calyx and the unopened flower having a purplish-rose color. Lateral flower racemes form from the upper leaf axils and point outward in opposite pairs on long stalks making the plant, when in flower, easy to identify. In seed, the seed pods hang downward, tight against the stem. A natural mosquito larvacide, is derived from the compound 'Phrymarolin' found in the plant.


Seasonal Comment

"Watching birds at the feeders where the chickadees get their food, we observe the varying ways in which they handle the sunflower seeds. The Bluejays hammer open single seeds or, at other times, bolt down a dozen or more, storing them in their throats and flying off to some secret place to cache them away for future use. The evening grosbeaks perch as long as competition permits, running the seed through their heavy ivory-hued bills, cracking them open, dropping the hulls and consuming the meats with machine like regularity. Purple finches also tend to remain and continue their feeding as long as possible. But the chickadees are different, They streak in, snatch a deed, shoot away, crack the seed open on a tree limb, then sprint back again." Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year.

A Seasonal Poem

ALL the hills are dark,
Sombre clouds afloat;
Sunlight, not a spark,
Birdsong, not a note;
Only, through the blight,
Facing winter's night,
Flaunts the mountain-ash
Scarlet berries bright.

Taken from "Mountain Ash" by
Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (1864–1922)

Fund raising begins for phase 2 of the Garden Boardwalk
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Development of the Fern Glen

Fern Glen Entrance

Story: In 1955 Curator Martha Crone developed a new section of the Upland Garden into a Fern Glen.

Eloise Butler's 1909 Adventure

Walking Fern

Story: In 1909 Eloise goes to Osceola WI in search of the Walking Fern, losing track of her friend, misses her train, begs for money for food and a room.