Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor )

AR & VR 3D Plant Model   Scientific Name: Iris versicolor Common Name: Blue flag iris Description of facts and concepts: “Versicolor” means “variously colored” and that’s why another common name is “harlequin flower.” The yellow flag iris is from Europe and is an invasive species, pushing out the native flag iris. Do not plant…

Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

Scientific Name: Verbena hastata Common Name: Blue vervain Description of facts and concepts: Candelabra spikes on tall stems Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Purple Height: 2-6′ Spread: 24″ Family: Vervain Soil Type: Base to Acidic Basic,…

Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium )

Scientific Name: Sisyrinchium angustifolium Common Name: Blue-Eyed Grass Description of facts and concepts: This adorable tiny iris looks like a grass from its foliage, but close examination of the flower reveals the six petals of an iris. This is a good groundcover in soils that don’t dry out. Shear it back to prevent seeding around…

Boneset (Eupatorim (Eutrochium) perfoliatum)

Scientific Name: Eutrochium perfoliatum Common Name: Boneset Description of facts and concepts: White flat-topped flowers over deep green foliage Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): September W2 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 3-4′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic…

Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

Scientific Name: Gentiana andrewsii Common Name: Bottle gentian Description of facts and concepts: Tight clusters of bottle-shaped flowers, visited by bumble bees. Seed or division information: Divisions, cuttings, seed Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): September W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Blue Height: 1-2′ Spread: 12″ Family: Gentian Soil Type:…

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Scientific Name: Lobelia cardinalis Common Name: Cardinal flower Description of facts and concepts: A hummingbird magnet, these short-lived perennials make lots of seeds and thus continue where happy for many years Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W2 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Red Height:…

Crooked Stem Aster (Aster (Symphiotrichum) prenanthoides)

Scientific Name: Symphiotrichum prenanthoidium Common Name: Crooked Stem Aster Description of facts and concepts: With narrow leaves, the zig-zag stems produce many small rayed flowers in late summer Seed or division information: Divisions of the roots Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Pale blue-violet…

Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

Scientific Name: Veronicastrum virginicum Common Name: Culver’s root Description of facts and concepts: Tall white candelabra blooms above whorled foliage Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 4-8′ Spread: 24′ Family: Figwort Soil Type: Base to…

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Scientific Name: Silphium perfoliatum Common Name: Cup plant Description of facts and concepts: Cupped leaves provide food and drink Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 4-10′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic…

False Aster (Boltonia asteroides)

Scientific Name: Boltonia asteroides Common Name: False Aster Description of facts and concepts: Hundreds of white daisies make a massive bloom statement Seed or division information: Seeds must be stratified to germinate. Divisions of the roots in spring. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W2 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower:…

Giant Sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

Scientific Name: Helianthus giganteus Common Name: Giant sunflower Description of facts and concepts: This tall prairie sunflower has coarse leaves and spreads gently. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions of the rhizomes in spring. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 8-10′…

Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Scientific Name: Zizia aurea Common Name: Golden Alexanders Description of facts and concepts: Early summer flowers feed many short-tongued insects. Food plant of the Black swallowtail butterfly. Seed or division information: Short-lived but will self-seed. Divisions in early spring. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W2 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of…

Golden Club (Orontium aquaticum)

Scientific Name: Orontium aquaticum Common Name: Golden club Description of facts and concepts: This is the only species in the genus, although there are several extinct species described from fossils. The flower stalks are long pointed wands. Seed or division information: Seeds sown as soon as they ripen in early summer Date of flower’s bloom…

Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Scientific Name: Lobelia siphilitica Common Name: Great blue Lobelia Description of facts and concepts: Found along stream banks and pond edges, making large colonies where happy. Seed or division information: Seeds and divisions from the roots. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W3 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Blue Height:…

Grey Headed Coneflower (Ratabida pinnata)

Scientific Name: Ratabida pinnata Common Name: Grey headed coneflower Description of facts and concepts: A prairie coneflower with a tall central disc Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow ray flowers Height: 2-5′ Spread: 12″ Family: Aster…

Hardy Mistflower (Eupatorium (Eutrochium) coelestinum)

Scientific Name: Eutrochium coelestinum Common Name: Hardy Mistflower Description of facts and concepts: This plant’s fuzzy blue flowers attract butterflies in September and October. Found in old fields, meadows, and along stream banks, it can grow rapidly up to 3’ tall. Seed or division information: Easy from seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month…

Helen’s Flower (Helenium autumnale)

  Scientific Name: Helenium autumnale Common Name: Helen’s flower Description of facts and concepts: Bright yellow flowers attractive to bees and butterflies. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): September W1 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 3-5′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type:…

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Scientific Name: Caltha palustris Common Name: Marsh marigold Description of facts and concepts: This early spring flower is said to be deer resistant, but at Powdermill deer eat it when they can get near it. Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): March W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color…