Plants in Uppsala Botanical Garden

Closeup of the pinkish red flower of Etlingera elatior, among many common names also known as torch ginger, in The Tropical Greenhouse, The Botanical Garden, Uppsala University.

The Botanical Garden is home to many unusual plant varieties which have been collected during expeditions around the world. One of the purposes of the gardens is to provide plant material for research and teaching at the university. We also collect seeds in our gardens which we share with other botanical gardens in an international seed exchange.

Some of the plants grown here are endangered. By cultivating them, we save the species and generate understanding for biodiversity. 

In our garden you can also find inspiration for your own garden. 

Educational flower beds

In the Botanical Garden the plants are arranged according to:

  • their area of origin, as for example on China Hill or in the arboretum in the south part of the Garden.
  • the environment in which they grow: Scandinavian alpine plants in one area, plants of sandy soils in another, and of course tropical plants in the Tropical Glasshouse.
  • their relationships, as for example in the rowan and lilac plantings, or the systematic bed – the family tree of plants.
  • how they are used, for example in the herb and kitchen gardens, and in the decorative beds.

The collections contain plants brought from Nordic mountains, arid deserts and dripping rainforests. They represent a small cross-section of the diversity, beauty, ecological adaptations, and common or bizarre reproductive strategies seen in the plant kingdom. Many of the plants are used in research and teaching at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU ).

Last modified: 2024-04-12