Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Information about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Upland hillside

Garden Plant Community

More information links at page bottom


Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Web Site:

Please see the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board 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.


The plant community at Eloise Butler

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

Sample Garden Plant List by Common Name

Sample Garden Plant List by Scientific Name

Photo thumbnails by season arranged in color categories.

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 - Late Summer fruits and seeds.

Photo thumbnails - Autumn fruits and seeds.

Above: These photo thumbnail lists, are arranged in scientific name order within six color categories, covering all seasons, are also found on the Photo Gallery Page. Printable pdf versions in scientific name order within color are also found on each season's photo gallery page.

Below: Additional plant listings:

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.



Garden Plant of the Week

Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.

Stiff Goldenrod
Stiff Goldenrod
Solidago rigida
Link on name goes to information and photos of this plant.
Stiff Goldenrod is an erect native perennial, the unbranched stem, which can be from 1 to 5+ feet high, is downy and frequently with a reddish color with age. The leaves are grayish-green, stiff at maturity, oval, hairy, with the lower basal ones long-stalked. The composit flowers occur in a somewhat flat-topped group of cluster with the whole array up to 10 inches wide. Both the ray and disc florets are fertile. It grows well in dry sandy places and prairies that have full to partial sun with dry to moderate moisture. Too much water and rich soil is detrimental. It is fairy drought tolerant. It can self-seed. It is widespread throughout Minnesota and east of the Rockies in the United States.


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