Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park


Area and County

    Fillmore County
    Southeast Minnesota

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3,583 acres statutory, 2,954 owned


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Forestville State Park
N43 37.726, W92 13.315

Mystery Cave State Park
N43 37.057, W92 18.722

Hiking Trails

17 miles


On about 430 acres of this state park, all hunting but no trapping. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Paleozoic Plateau


The Blufflands
Rochester Plateau

Land Type Association(s)

Alluvial Plain

Chester Ridge

Elba Slopes

Stewartville Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Algific Talus: Limestone Subtype

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Elm - Ash - Basswood Terrace Forest

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Blue Beech) Forest

Maderate Cliff: Limestone Subtype

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest

Seepage Meadow/Carr

Southern Dry Cliff

Southern Mesic Cliff

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest

White Pine - Oak - Sugar Maple Forest

White Pine - Sugar Maple - Basswood Forest (Cold Slope)

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Martha Decker

Steel Truss Bridge built in 1899

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Road near Meighen Store

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Meighen Store built in 1856

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Park Entrance

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Historic Forestville

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Big Spring Trail

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Maple Ridge Trail

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River Bottoms Trail

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Sandbank Trail

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Other Trail

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Canfield Creek

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Forestville Creek

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South Branch Root River

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Unnamed Creek

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Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Blue Beech) Forest



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Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest



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  Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Brett Whaley
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Visited April 28-29, 2018. Sunny and nice during the day, was cold at night. Morning was 25 degrees.

Parts of the forested slopes had been prescribed burn last fall it appeared. Lots of things coming up but most had not started to bloom. Mid May this year would be very nice.

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Sharon Somero
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Sharon Somero
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  Hiking Club: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, May 2015
  Hiking Club: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, May 2015  

23 MAY 2015; Park #21, 2.0 miles. Missed the password sign :( Includes some photos from the Mystery Cave which is not part of the hiking club trail.

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Richard Sanders
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Forestville State Park

  Forestville Mystery Cave State Park, Minnesota

Published on Oct 28, 2013

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  MN Forestville State Park Cabin Trip
Jd Outside

Published on Mar 17, 2015

We went to Forestville State Park. It is located near Wykoff, Mn. It has the Root River running through it, which is a trout stream. We stayed in Trout camping cabin, which is one of five cabins. There is also a cave and village but those things were not open yet for the season.

  Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park virtual tour

Uploaded on Dec 28, 2009

Take a virtual tour of Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park to see natural wonders above and below ground.

  KSMQ Video Squad - "National Parks" - Forestville Mystery Cave

Uploaded on Oct 1, 2009

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Bradley Herreid

Published on May 11, 2012

Pictorial of Forestville State Park

  Forestville Entrance Area-Part 1 of 5 of The Forestville State Park Series( Re-Edit)
Raven White

Published on Mar 2, 2013

There, sorry if anyone was watching the first version of this video upload, but had to re-edit it, rerender it and reupload it. I forgot some pictures to overlay...Been a long day of failure and sucess....finally in the editing process. Had to do alot less editing than I planned..this ancient computer can not handle both video and audio editing at the same time..froze once(lost everything, sound card crashed on me(lost everything again) third time with less audio and video editing was sucessful in uploading...only to realize I'd forgotten a few pictures in the overlaying once again had to do more total now that's over 9 hrs at this computer! crazy I know!..started at 20 to 9 this morning(8:40 CST) and just now almost done re-uploading this video. Still have 2 more large videos to edit and 1 smaller one. In all I shot a little over 70 minutes of video. I did lose half my photo's somehow..and others weren't that good...what a bitch of a day! Now my sound card stopped working of those days I should've stayed in bed..lucky for you.I didn't and I forged on ahead..why?...I have passion for doing these videos!

  Camping at Forestville Mystery Cave State Park MN

Published on Aug 23, 2013





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George Petros


I took some nice pix this past May at good ol' Forestville (one of my favorite spots!). I have a good quality image of sweet cicely [osmorhiza claytonii] in bloom. I also found Robin Plantain [erigeron pulchellus] blooming. --New for me! Also, Star-of-Bethlehem [ornithogalum umbellatum] - a garden escapee?

Unfortunately, no Showy Orchis this trip.


Robin Plantain [erigeron pulchellus]

Star-of-Bethlehem [ornithogalum umbellatum]

sweet cicely [osmorhiza claytonii]


boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

boreal chorus frog


Eleven bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)


Special concern

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

American Robin

Blue Jay

Dark-eyed Junco


Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

White-breasted Nuthatch

Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common green darner (Anax junius)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

Leconte’s haploa (Haploa lecontei)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

common green darner


American beaver (Castor canadensis)

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

coyote (Canis latrans)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

woodchuck (Marmota monax)

American red squirrel

eastern gray squirrel


Nineteen plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:



butternut (Juglans cinerea)



glade mallow (Napaea dioica)

great Indian plantain (Arnoglossum reniforme)

James’ sedge (Carex jamesii)

largebract ticktrefoil (Desmodium cuspidatum var. longifolium)

smooth-sheathed sedge (Carex laevivaginata)

snowy campion (Silene nivea)


Special concern

Goldie’s woodfern (Dryopteris goldiana)

green dragon (Arisaema dracontium)

large-fruited black snakeroot (Sanicula trifoliata)

nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum var. cernuum)

northern oak fern (Gymnocarpium robertianum)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

silver false spleenwort (Deparia acrostichoides)

squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis)

twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

Wood’s sedge (Carex woodii)

yellow pimpernel (Taenidia integerrima)


Watch list

rough avens


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Algific Talus: Limestone Subtype CTs46a1

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp WFs57b

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Elm - Ash - Basswood Terrace Forest FFs59c

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs49b

Maderate Cliff: Limestone Subtype CTs43a1

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern) CTs33b

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest MHs37b

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1

Southern Dry Cliff CTs12

Southern Mesic Cliff CTs33

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHs49

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs39b

White Pine - Oak - Sugar Maple Forest MHs38a

White Pine - Sugar Maple - Basswood Forest (Cold Slope) MHc38a



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black maple (Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue beech (Carpinus caroliniana ssp. virginiana)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus var. caricetorum)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

Illinois carrion flower (Smilax illinoensis)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

marsh blue violet (Viola cucullata)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra var. glabra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus var. strigosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica var. virginica)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

white-flowered leaf-cup (Polymnia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

Wood’s sedge (Carex woodii)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum ssp. americanum)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum (black maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Aesculus glabra var. glabra (Ohio buckeye)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Baptisia alba var. macrophylla (white wild indigo)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carex woodii (Wood’s sedge)

Carpinus caroliniana ssp. virginiana (blue beech)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Claytonia virginica var. virginica (Virginia spring beauty)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Dicentra canadensis (squirrel corn)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Ellisia nyctelea (Aunt Lucy)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Erigeron strigosus var. strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Erythronium americanum ssp. americanum (yellow trout lily)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hesperis matronalis (dame’s rocket)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

Polymnia canadensis (white-flowered leaf-cup)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus hispidus var. caricetorum (bristly buttercup)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax illinoensis (Illinois carrion flower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

alsike clover

American cow parsnip

black cherry

black raspberry

black-eyed susan

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canadian woodnettle

common blue violet

common mullein

cut-leaved toothwort

downy phlox

Dutchman’s breeches

early meadow-rue

field thistle

ground ivy

interrupted fern


northern prickly ash

poke milkweed

rattlesnake master

red baneberry

red clover

spreading dogbane

tall meadow-rue

upright carrionflower

Virginia Bluebell

white prairie clover

white wild indigo

wild geranium

wild parsnip

yellow marsh marigold


One reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:



timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)




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