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Question: What are some water loving flowering perennials for Michigan?

Answer: Acorus is a grass/iris/sedge resembling plant for bog or shallow water planting. One of the most popular are the Sweet Flag Acorus and the much shorter Japanese Rush Acorus.

Andromeda or Bog Rosemary is a fine woody plant for always-damp, acidic soils. Rock hardy.

Arundo donax or Giant Reed is a dynamite bog garden plant for a large garden.

Astrantia or Masterwort is an excellent plant for shady sites or wet spots.

Aruncus or Goatsbeard is a wonderful plant for sun or shade.

Asclepias or Swamp Milkweed is fragrant, deer and rabbit resistant and makes a great cut flower. What else do you need?

Astilbe are one of the highlights of the spring-summer-fall pond side garden.

Carex is a grass like plant that thrives in damp soil.

Hibiscus are one of the tallest and biggest blooming plants in the damp perennial garden.

Iris for the pond side garden come in several different "flavors". One of the stateliest - and most intriguing are the Japanese Iris.

Lysimachia or Loosestrife is a vigorous spreading plant that will grow almost anywhere.

Myosotis scorpoides or Aquatic Forget Me Nots are wonderful blue flowering spring plants for the bog or shallow water.

Saccharum or Northern Pampas Grass is easily grown if you follow one growing rule.

Sarracenia or Pitcher Plants are superb bog plants.

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