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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)


graphicGarden Plant Photo Identification Booklet



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



sweet black-eyed SusanGarden Plant of the Week

Sweet Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia subtomentosa Pursh

Sweet Black-eyed Susan is a tall perennial, forming large clumps, and has multiple clusters of yellow coneflowers atop stems growing to 6+ feet high. It was originally introduced to the Wildflower Garden by Eloise Butler in 1921 but is no longer extant. It is native to Iowa and southern Wisconsin but there is some question if it is native to Minnesota as only one population has ever been found in the wild, and that near the Iowa border. It does grown nicely however, North as far as the metro area for certain and makes a large and colorful background plant when it blooms in late Summer.

It needs sun and moist to mesic soils, not real dry soils. The seeds are viable but need cold stratification for germination. Why it is called ‘sweet’ is open to conjecture. It’s much shorter cousin is the Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta.



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