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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

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.

Smooth Sumac
Smooth Sumac
Rhus glabra L.
Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.
Smooth Sumac is a native large shrub that given space, can become a small tree, 10 to 15 feet high. The leaf is 16 to 24 inches long, pinnately divided into 11 to 31 leaflets. Twigs and new growth do not have fine hair as does the Staghorn Sumac. The small flowers are usually separate by sex and form in a compact, pyramid shaped 8 inch high cluster at the end of the branches. These mature in late summer into a red hairy drupe 1/8 to 1/4 inches in diameter. Sumac habitat is usually open fields and roadways, where there is sunshine and the soils are not wet. It forms thickets from a vigorous root system. It is indigenous to the Wildflower Garden and is found in most counties of Minnesota except some on the western side.


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