Friends of the Wild Flower Garden

Information about Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Historic Garden Office

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.

Slippery Elm
Slippery (Red) Elm
Ulmus rubra
Link on name goes to information and photos of this plant.
Slippery Elm is a medium sized native long-lived deciduous tree, with a open, somewhat flat-topped crown composed of many spreading to ascending branches, with less drooping at the ends than American Elm. Trees grow 40 to 80+ feet with a diameter of 1 to 3 feet. Leaves have a rough upper surface with a double sawtooth margin. Flowers are bisexual, forming a winged samara early in the season. It is partially resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. It grows in various soil types, likes full sun but is more shade tolerant than American Elm. It is not expected to suffer from climate change in Minnesota in this century. The tree is indigenous to the Wildflower Garden. It is named for the color and the mucilage of the inner bark.


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