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Prairie in Spring

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

Sample Garden Plant List by Common Name

Sample Garden Plant List by Scientific Name

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

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 for all seasons are found on the Photo Gallery Page. Also printable pdf versions.

Autumn fruits and seeds -Photo thumbnails.

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)


Visit the Photo Gallery Page for a complete list of plant photo pages.



Downy Yellow VioletGarden Plant of the Week

Downy Yellow Violet
Viola pubescens Aiton

This pale yellow violet is native to Minnesota and found in most counties of the State. It has an above ground leafy stem and most examples will have fine downy hair on the stem, although one of two varietes found here may have a smooth stem. The 3 lower petals have purple veining, acting as nectar guides for pollinating insects. It is a plant of the uplands - moist to dry wooded areas, the flowers appearing in mid to late Spring. It is indigenous to the Wildflower Garden and was also planted by Eloise several times and by Martha Crone in the 1950s. It generally produces seed pods, unlike the Common Blue Violet, but like the Common Blue it also has cleistogamous flowers in some of the leaf axils - flowers whose buds do not open, but self-fertilize in bud and produce seeds.



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