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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.



Prairie DockGarden Plant of the Week

Prairie Dock
Silphium terebinthinaceum Jacq.

Prairie Dock is the tallest flowering forb in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, reaching to 10 feet at times on the hillsides of the upland section of the Garden. The stems are naked with the large arrow-shaped leaves only at the base. It flowers with the goldenrods and asters in late Summer into Autumn. It is not native to Minnesota, but to states further east - east of the Mississippi. It was first planted by Eloise Butler in 1923 and then by Martha Crone in 1939 and in the 1950s when she developed the upland part of the Garden. Like other species of the Silphiums the plant contain a resinous juice. The species name, terebinthinaceum, means "like turpentine" which may refer to the odor of the resinous juice. In another member of the species, Rosinweed, S. laciniatum, this resin has been used to make a crude chewing gum. It is not known if the same can be made here.



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