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 lists, above, have links to an information sheet with additional photos of the plants listed.
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.
Indigenous Plants 1907-16 (MPRB pdf file)
Vascular Plant Census- 2009 (MPRB pdf file)
Chicory is a plant introduced from Eurasia for medicinal purposes and as a coffee substitute. It has naturalized across the entire U.S. and lower Canadian Provinces. It is a hardy plant with deep roots and a bright flower, which can be blue or white, and while the plant is in the Aster Family, the flowers lack the disc florets of most other aster family species. Both color types are found in Eloise Butler; the plant was originally introduced by Eloise Butler in 1915. Chicory tea is good for the stomach, if you don't drink too much, but the extraction into solution of the root produces a coffee tasting extraction that, unlike coffee, lacks caffeine and volatile oils but does not have the rich flavor of the coffee bean. The root yields well, 65% extraction vs only 30% for the coffee bean. It is still grown commerically for the extracted sustance, whereas the coffee trade has long moved on the coffee bean.