Butler Wildflower Pictures

This page contains pictures of some of the species of wildflowers that can be found on the Butler University Campus.   Photographs were taken by Marcia Moore, Friesner Herbarium, in March, April, and May.  Information about the plants was obtained from Wildflowers - Northeastern/North-central North America; Peterson Field Guides, Roger Tory Peterson/ Margaret McKenny, 1996; Wildflowers of Indiana, Fred Wampler, Maryrose Wampler, IU Press, 1988; and Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers, Kay Yatskievych, Indiana University Press, 2000

See more Wildflowers of Marion County, Indiana - The wildflowers featured there were observed and recorded by Kay Yatskievych,  noted Indiana botanist and author of Field Guide to Indiana Wildflowers, published by Indiana University Press, 2000. Photos by Kay Yatskievych and Marcia Moore.  Web design by Marcia Moore, Friesner Herbarium.

For additional information, contact Marcia Moore at (317)940-8302 or e-mail mmoore@butler.edu or Dr. Rebecca Dolan at (317)940-9413 or e-mail rdolan@butler.edu


Click on thumbnail image to obtain a larger picture and more information about the plant.

Photographs may not be copied or used in any other manner without obtaining permission from the photographer.

Links to Other Wildflower Sites


appendaged waterleaf

Appendaged waterleaf (Hydrophyllum appendiculatum)


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue phlox

Blue phlox, woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata)

celandine poppies

Celandine poppy, or wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)


common blue violet

Common blue violet (Viola sororia)



 black snakeroot

Clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

cutleaf toothwort

Cutleaf toothwort
(Cardamine concatenata)

dutchman's breeches

Dutchman's breeches
(Dicentra cucullaria )


false rue anemone

Eastern false rue anemone
(Isopyrum biternatum)


false solomon seal

False Solomon seal  
(Smilacina racemosa [Maianthemum racemosum])


harbinger of spring

(Erigenia bulbosa )

jack in the pulpit

(Arisaema triphyllum )

 kidney leaved buttercup

Kidney-leaved, or littleleaf buttercup
(Ranunculus abortivus)

large flowered bellwort

Large-flowered bellwort
(Uvularia grandiflora )

may apple

 May apple
(Podophyllum peltatum

prairie trillium

Prairie trillium
(Trillium recurvatum)


solomon seal

Smooth Solomon's seal
(Polygonatum biflorum )

spring beauty

Spring beauty
(Claytonia virginica )

star chickweed

Star chickweed
(Stellaria pubera)


cream violet

Striped cream violet
(Viola striata)



Toadshade, or sessile trillium
(Trillium sessile)

virginia bluebells

Virginia bluebells
(Mertensia virginica )


virginia waterleaf

Virginia, or eastern waterleaf
(Hydrophyllum virginianum)

 wild geranium

Wild, or spotted geranium
(Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger

Wild ginger, or Canadian wildginger (Asarum canadense)

 yellow violet

Yellow violet, or downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)



Wildflower "Pests"

The following species of wildflowers are considered to be "invasive plants", that is plants which grow quickly and aggressively, displacing other native plants as they spread.  Some are still commonly available in nurseries but should be avoided as they can threaten natural areas in Indiana.

creeping charley

Creeping Charley, Gill-over-the-ground, or Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

garlic mustard

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

indian strawberry

Indian strawberry (Duchesnea indica)


Periwinkle or myrtle (Vinca minor)

To learn more about invasive plants, go to:

http://www.mipn.org (Midwest Invasive Plant Network)

http://www.in.gov/dnr/invasivespecies/ – Indiana’s Invasive Plant Species Assessment Working Group (IPSAWG)

http://tncweeds.ucdavis.edu/index.html (The Nature Conservancy, Global Invasive Species Team)

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/ (National Invasive Species Information Center)