Plants for wet, (very wet) areas. - Knowledgebase Question

Camarillo, CA
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Question by cmstaas
February 18, 2006
Have an area that is keep constantly wet by the lawn irrigation near my front door and would like name of plant that is attractive which will flourish in wet, poorly draining conditions.

Answer from NGA
February 18, 2006
Consistently wet soils will have less oxygen available for plant roots, which can affect plant health and growth. You may need to experiment with a few plants before you find those that grow well in your garden. These plants will tolerate some degree of wet feet: Japanese Iris, Siberian Iris, Iris pseudacorus, Marsh Marigold, Lobelia cardinalis, Monarda and Joe Pye Weed are good candidates for very damp spots while daylily, (Hemerocallis), Black-Eyed Susan, Astilbe and some ornamental grasses will also tolerate a good amount of dampness. If given enough moisture, some hostas (especially the golden ones) will tolerate a great deal of sun, so they may be another plant to test. Good luck with your perennials!

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