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Information about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden - Plant Community


Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Web Site:

Please see the Minneapolis Park & Recreation web site for complete information on the Garden including current operating hours, parking pass information, bus routes, programs offered at the Garden, plant and bird checklists. A locater map is also available on the Parks website.


More information links at page bottom


The plant community at Eloise Butler

Sample Garden Plant List by Common Name

Sample Garden Plant List by Scientific Name

The plant lists, above, have links to an information sheet with additional photos of the plants listed.

Photo thumbnails of flowering plants -Spring

Photo thumbnails of flowering plants -Late Spring

Photo thumbnails of flowering plants -Early Summer

Photo thumbnails of flowering plants -Late Summer

Photo thumbnails of flowering plants -Autumn

Photo thumbnails for all seasons are found on the Photo Gallery Page. Also printable pdf versions.

Autumn fruits and seeds -Photo thumbnails.

Ferns of the Garden -Photo thumbnails

Grasses/Sedges of the Garden - Photo thumbnails

Trees and Shrubs of the Garden (Listing)

Indigenous Plants 1907-16 (MPRB pdf file)

Vascular Plant Census- 2009 (MPRB pdf file)


graphicGarden Plant Photo Identification Booklet



Visit the Photo Gallery Page for a complete list of plant photo pages.



Fool's ParsleyGarden Plant of the Week

Fool's Parsley
Aethusa cynapium L.

First off, this plant is not found in Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden but we thought you should be introduced to it as it is not a common plant to see. It was recently found in the metro area, and while not an aggressive spreader like some other members of the Carrot family, it may gradually make its way into places where it should not be. It is of Eurasian origin, 1 to 2 feet high and looks superficially similar to the Water Hemlocks. Like them, it is poisonous, but with less strength. The genus name means “burning” referring to the toxic effects on the mouth, throat and stomach.

It is called “Fool’s Parsley” because the unwary may mistake it for true parsley which has a very similar leaf, but the true parsley flower is yellow, not white. Also, the flowers and leaves of Fool's Parsley have a disagreeable odor when crushed. If you see it, eradicate it if it is on property where that would be allowable. More identification details on the information sheet.



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