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.

American YEw
American Yew
Taxus canadensis
Link on name goes to information and photos of this plant.
American Yew is a low evergreen shrub with many branches that are spreading or ascending and sometimes prostrate, rarely over 5 feet high. Branches tend to spread horizontally for 2/3rds of their length before curving upward. Needles are attached all around the twig in a spiral pattern but bend around such that they give a flattened appearance. The female flowers become a 1/2 inch diameter fleshy, red, berry-like cone (an aril) containing the seed which ripens in mid to late summer. The seeds and foliage are toxic to humans and livestock but not too wild browsers who love it. It is a semi-boreal plant, found in the northern 1/3 of Minnesota. All new world species of Taxus have medicinal properties.


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