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)
Prairie Dogbane, aka Indian Hemp, is a native erect perennial growing from 2 to 5 feet high. The main stem is branched toward the top with ascending branches; stems take on a purplish color with maturity and contain a milky juice as do the leaves. Dry stems in Autumn produce a tough fiber that has been used by native peoples for making everything from baskets to fishing lines to sewing thread. The plant spreads by rhizomes and from seeds, which have a white fluffy tuft of hairs like the milkweeds. The toxicity of the plant comes from two cardiac glycosides, toxic normally, but in controlled doses have been shown to have anti tumor activity on human carcinomas (cancers). The plant has a long medicinal history, having been listed in both the U. S. Pharmacopoeia from 1831 to 1916 and thereafter in the NF (National Formulary) until 1960.