New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)

Scientific Name: Aster novae-angliae Common Name: New England Aster Description of facts and concepts: This native perennial is the host food plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Growing up to 5’ tall, this plant enjoys moist, rich soils but can grow on dry sites as well. Its flowers range from purple to pink and blooms…

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

  Scientific Name: Physostegia virginiana Common Name: Obedient Plant Description of facts and concepts: Snapdragon like flowers Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 2-4′ Spread: 12″ Family: Mint Soil Type: Base to Acidic Moist meadows…

Ohio Goldenrod (Solidago (Oligoneuron) ohioensis)

Scientific Name: Oligoneuron ohioensis Common Name: Ohio goldenrod Description of facts and concepts: Largest and showiest goldenrod flowers 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: 3-4′ Spread: 12″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base to Acidic Base,…

Pickerel Weed (Pontaderia cordata )

Scientific Name: Pontaderia cordata Common Name: Pickerel Weed Description of facts and concepts: An obligate wetland species, pickerel weed is host to many bees and butterflies. This plant won’t tolerate any drought, and must be planted in standing water. The seeds and stalks are edible. A special bee, Dufourea novaeangliae, obtains pollen and nectar from…

Pink Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii)

Scientific Name: Chelone lyonii Common Name: Pink turtlehead Description of facts and concepts: Closed flowers resemble turtles’ heads. Spreads by rhizomes. Seed or division information: Divisions, cuttings, seed Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 1-3′ Spread: 20″ Family: Figwort Soil Type: Base…

Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)

Scientific Name: Silphium terebinthinaceum Common Name: Prairie Dock Description of facts and concepts: Leaves like elephant ears. Birds love the seeds Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W2 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 3-10′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base…

Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)

Scientific Name: Silene regia Common Name: Royal catchfly Description of facts and concepts: Bright red flowers attract hummingbirds Seed or division information: Divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Red Height: 2-4′ Spread: 18″ Family: Catchfly Soil Type: Base to Acidic Sandy and coarse…

Sawtooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosesserratus)

Scientific Name: Helianthus grosesserratus Common Name: Sawtooth Sunflower Description of facts and concepts: This tall prairie sunflower has coarse leaves and spreads gently. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 3-12′ Spread: 18″ Family: Aster Soil…

Slender Blue Iris (Iris prismatica)

  Scientific Name: Iris prismatica Common Name: Slender blue Iris Description of facts and concepts: A graceful narrow-leaved iris for wet places Seed or division information: Division of roots Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Blue-purple Height: 36″ Spread: 12″ Family: Iris Soil Type:…

Spiderwort, Bluejacket (Tradescantia ohioensis )

Scientific Name: Tradescantia ohioensis Common Name: Spiderwort, Bluejacket Description of facts and concepts: The deep blue, pink or white flowers open in the morning and close by noon on sunny days. In cloudy weather they stay open longer. Many named cultivars are available in the trade. Seed or division information: Division after the plant becomes…

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Scientific Name: Asclepias incarnata Common Name: Swamp milkweed Description of facts and concepts: Larval host plant for Monarch butterflies Seed or division information: Seeds Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): June W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Pink Height: 4-5′ Spread: 20″ Family: Milkweed Soil Type: Base to Acidic Moist prairie…

Sweet Coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia subtomentosa Common Name: Sweet coneflower Description of facts and concepts: Long blooming, long lived plany for moist conditions Seed or division information: Seeds or plugs Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 2-6′ Spread: 24″ Family: Aster Soil Type: Base…

Tall Coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris)

Scientific Name: Coreopsis tripteris Common Name: Tall Coreopsis Description of facts and concepts: A widespread native tickseed with sunflower characteristics. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions in spring, and easily rooted as a cutting. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: Yellow Height: 4-7′…

White False Indigo (Baptisia alba)

Scientific Name: Baptisia alba Common Name: White false indigo Description of facts and concepts: Spikes of pea-shaped flowers Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 1-3′ Spread: 36″ Family: Bean Soil Type: Base to Acidic Sand,…

White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

   Scientific Name: Chelone glabra Common Name: White turtlehead Description of facts and concepts: The flower actually resemble a turtle’s head, with nearly closed petals. Seed or division information: Seeds or divisions Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): August W3 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 36″ Spread: 18″ Family:…

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Scientific Name: Monarda fistulosa Common Name: Wild bergamot Description of facts and concepts: Intricate lavender flowers with long corollas invite butterflies. A mint tea can be brewed from the leaves. Needs less water than M. didyma. Seed or division information: Seeds, or divide whole plants in early spring. Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week):…

Wild Hyacinth (Camassia esculenta )

Scientific Name: Camassia esculenta Common Name: Wild Hyacinth Description of facts and concepts: The bulbs were an important food among Native Americans, who called it Quamash. Sacajawea, who guided Lewis and Clark, fed the whole party with the roots of this plant. A related species, C. Esculenta, has been merged with C. Scilloides. Seed or…

Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)

Scientific Name: Camassia scilloides Common Name: Wild Hyacinth Description of facts and concepts: Attractive to many pollinators, spikes of flowers in spring Seed or division information: Prolific from seeds, easy to divide the fibrous roots Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W4 Garden Name: Sunny Wetland Garden Color of Flower: White Height: 1-2′…