Appropriate Plants for certain conditions - Knowledgebase Question

Bristol, Co
Question by susangalli
May 25, 2010
Can you recommend some plants that like full sun but extremely moist soil. I have an area that gets 100% sun but is in a low lying area that stays fairly soggy a good portion of the time.


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Answer from NGA
May 25, 2010

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Plants that thrive in full sun in wet soils include Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) US Native, 36-40 inches tall. Blooms July - August. Asclepias speciosa (Showy Milkweed) US Native, 3-5 feet tall. Blooms July - August. Host plant for the Monarch Butterfly, and a favorite of Hummingbirds. Aster azureus (Sky Blue Aster) US Native, 2-3 feet tall, Blooms August - September. Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane, Snakeroot, Fairy Candles) US Native, 54 inches tall. Blooms July - August. Symphytum grandiflorum "Hidcote Blue" (Russian Comfrey) 2-3 feet tall. Blooms June - September. Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern) US Native, 4-5 feet tall. Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie) US Native, 6-8 feet tall. Blooms June - July. Helenium autumnale (Helen?s Flower) US Native, 4 feet tall. Blooms August - September. Helianthus microcephalus (Small Wood Sunflower) US Native, 5 feet tall. Blooms August - September. Hemerocallis fulva (Tawny Daylily, Common Orange Daylily, Roadside Ditch Lily, and Tiger Lily) 3-4 feet tall. Blooms July August. Hemerocallis fulva is a species daylily which spreads by rhizomes, unlike the hybrid daylilies which are clump forming. Both are good choices for moist areas. Hesperis matronalis (Dames Rocket) 1-3 feet tall. Blooms April - May. Ligularia stenocephala "The Rocket," (Ragwort, Senecio) 4-5 feet tall. Blooms July - August. Lilium superbum (Turks Cap Lily) US Native, 3-6 feet tall. Blooms July - August. Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) US Native, 2-5 feet tall. Blooms July - September. Cardinal Flower is a Hummingbird magnet. Monarda didyma (Beebalm, Oswego Tea, Bergamot) US Native 3-4 feet tall. Blooms June - July. High nectar source for butterflies and hummingbirds. Comes in many shades of reds, pinks and purples. Phlox paniculata (Garden/Summer Phlox) US Native, 3-4 feet tall. Blooms July - September. There are many excellent cultivars of Summer Phlox. The species will naturalize in your garden with shades of pink and lavender. Ratibida pinnata (Yellow Coneflower) US Native, 3-4 feet tall. Blooms June - July. Rudbeckia laciniata (Green-Headed Coneflower) US Native, 6-12 feet tall. Blooms July - September. Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet Black Eyed Susan) US Native, 4 feet tall. Blooms July - October. Flowers have a mild aroma of anise, hence the common name. Rudbeckia triloba (Brown Eyed Susan) US Native, 3-5 feet tall. Blooms July - September. Silphium perfoliatum (Carpenter Cup Plant) US Native, 6-10 feet tall, Blooms July - September. The Yellow Swallowtails prefer this plant over most others. The seed is a favorite of the Goldfinch, and the cup shaped leaves hold water, so you?ll always see birds hanging from the branches having a drink. Vernonia lettermannii (Narrowleaf Ironweed) US Native, 2-4 feet tall, blooms August - September. Attracts Butterflies. Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain) US Native, 3-4 feet tall. Blooms June - September. Blue Vervain is a Butterfly magnet. Vernonia fasciculata (Prairie Ironweed) US Native, 4-5 feet tall. Blooms August - September. Attracts Butterflies, and is a larval host plant for the American Painted Lady. Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain) US Native, 3-4 feet tall. Blooms July - September. Hoary Vervain is a Butterfly magnet.

Hope this short list is helpful.

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