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 lists, above, have links to an information sheet with additional photos of the plants listed.
Photo thumbnails for all seasons are found on the Photo Gallery Page. Also printable pdf versions.
Indigenous Plants 1907-16 (MPRB pdf file)
Vascular Plant Census- 2009 (MPRB pdf file)
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.