The City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota owes its name to Elizabeth Fries Ellet, the East Coast writer who visited the area in 1852. In her travelogue book, Summer Rambles in the West, Ellet described the Minnesota River Valley which adjoins the current day City of Eden Prairie, as the garden spot of the territory.  Learn more about Elizabeth Fries Ellet on Wiki

RTACA Plant List        
"updated August 4, 2005"      
PRAIRIE   SEDGE MEADOW  
PLANTS CONFIRMED AT RTACA   PLANTS CONFIRMED AT RTACA  
Common Name Botanical Name Common Name Botanical Name
prairie onion Allium stellatum Jack-in-the-pulipit Arisaema triphyllum
leadplant Amorpha canescens marsh aster Aster simplex
Thimbleweed Anemone cylindrica marsh marigold Caltha palustris
paque flower Anemone patens scouring rush Equisetum sp.
prairie sage Artemisia ludoviciana Joe Pye weed Eupatorium maculatum
common milkweed Asclepias syriaca boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum
kitten tails Bessya bullii jewel weed Impatiens canadensis
prairie coreopsis Coreopsis palmata sensitive fern Onoclea sensibilis
purple prairie clover Dalea purpurea cup plant Siphium perfoliatum
prairie larkspur Delphinium virescens false Solomon's seal Smilicina racemosa
prairie gentian Gentiana puberulenta giant goldenrod Solidago gigantea
priaire smoke Geum triflorum    
rough blazingstar Liatris aspera Grasses  
hoary puccoon Lithospermum canescens Common Name Botanical Name
large-flowered penstemon Penstemon grandiflorus lake sedge Carex lacustris
prairie turnip Psoralea esculentum a species of sedge Carex sp.
black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta    
goldenrod Solidago spp.    
spiderwort Tradescandentia spp. BIG WOODS  
hoary vervain Verbena stricta PLANTS CONFIRMED AT RTACA  
    Flowers and Grasses  
Grasses   Common Name Botanical Name
Common Name Botanical Name red baneberry Acataea rubra
sideoats grama Bouteloua curtipendula maidenhair fern Adiantum pedatum
Canada wild rye Elymus canadensis wild leek Allium tricoccum
June grass Koeleria macrantha anemone Anemone canadensis
little bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium Jack-in-the-puplit Arisaema triphyllum
Indian grass Sorghastrum nutans wild ginger Asarum canadense
porcupine grass Stipa spartea lady fern Athyrium angustum
    oak sedge Carex blanda
BOTTOMLAND FOREST   long-stalked sedge Carex pedunculata
PLANTS CONFIRMED AT RTACA   Dutchman's breeches Dicentra cucullaria
Herbs   woodland sunflower Helianthus hirsutus
Common Name Botanical Name sharp-lobed hepatica Hepatica acutiloba
Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllum Virginia waterfleaf Hydrophyllum virginianum
Virginia waterleaf Hydrophyllum virginianum ostrich fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
jewelweed Impatiens capensis Solomon's seal Polygonatum biflorum
wood nettle Laportea canadensis bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
wild grape Vitis riparia nodding trillium Trillium cernuum
    yellow bellwort Uvularia grandiflora
Trees   yellow violet Viola pubescens
Common Name Botanical Name    
boxelder Acer negundo Trees and Shrubs  
silver maple Acer saccharinum Common Name Botanical Name
cottonwood Populus deltoides sugar maple Acer saccharum
    blue beech Carpinus caroliniana
    pagoda dogwood Cornus alternifolia
OAK SAVANNA   redosier dogwood Cornus sericea
PLANTS CONFIRMED AT RTACA   green ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Herbs   black walnut Juglans nigra
Common Name Botanical Name ironwood Ostrya virginiana
Thimbleweed Anemone cylindrica bur oak Quercus macrocarpa
bell flower Campanula sp. red oak Quercus rubra
twisted stalk Streptopus amplexifolius willow Salix sp.
*See prairrie species   common elderberry Sambucus pubens
    basswood Tilia americana
Trees      
Common Name Botanical Name    
eastern red cedar Juniperus virginiana MINNESOTA RIVER  
quaking aspen Populus tremuloides PLANTS CONFIRMED AT RTACA  
Northern pin oak Quercus ellipsiodales Herbs  
bur oak Quercus macrocarpa Common Name Botanical Name
smooth sumac Rhus glabra marsh marigold Caltha palustris
    jewel weed Impatiens canadensis
    broad-leaved arrowhead Saggitaria lattifolia
    bulrush Scirpus spp.
    giant bur-reed Sparganium eurycarpum
    Trees  
    Common Name Botanical Name
    box elder Acer negundo
    silver maple Acer saccharum
    green ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
    cottonwood Populus deltoides
    willow Salix sp.
    American elm Ulmus americana