Friends of the Wild Flower Garden
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 in common name order, covering all seasons, are found on the Photo Gallery Page. Also printable pdf versions are found on each season's photo gallery page.
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)
Garden 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.
Tradescantia bracteata Small
Click link on name for information and photos of this plant.
Bracted Spiderwort is an erect, native, perennial forb growing 8 to 24 inches high on slender round smooth stems, rarely branching. Stems contain a sticky juice. Flower color can vary from rose to blue, but rosy purple is the usual in this species. It grows best in full sun, in sandy to loamy soils, moderate moisture to dry conditions - typical of prairies. It grows from a fleshy rhizomatous root system which can produce offsets. Eloise Butler wrote: "The stamens are a distinctive feature of the flower, with their yellow pollen sacs against the purple petals. The stalks of the stamens are densely fringed with purple hairs, whose beauty has a depth “that is deeper still” under the armed eye of the microscope. The hairs, when magnified, are seen as branching chains of exquisitely tinted spherical and cylindric, bead-like cells, within which pulsate circling streams of protoplasm"
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