Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Information about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

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Garden Plant Community


More information links at page bottom


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.


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.

Prairie  Dropseed
Prairie Dropseed
Sporobolus heterolepis
Link on name goes to information and photos of this plant.
Prairie Dropseed is a warm season perennial grass, growing 2 to 4 feet high, which forms large clumps or tufts. It is a plant typical of tall grass prairies. It can be used for ornamental purposes as the clumps have a fine round shape, the leaves form a drooping cascade beneath the fine flowering stems. In the lower 1/3 of the branches of the panicle there is an elongated gland which produces an aromatic scent - one of the few grasses to have a scent during flowering. Mature fruit is a round to pear-shaped hard, smooth and shiny seed, light brown to gold in color. One of few native grasses to produce such a seed. The flower panicle does not appear until late summer.


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