Which perennials grow well in wet soils?


Which perennials grow well in wet soils?


When selecting perennials, it’s important to choose plants that are suitable for the planting site.  Perennials that grow well in moist to wet soils include, 

  • sweet flag (Acorus calamus)
  • black snakeroot (Actaea racemosa)+
  • Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)+
  • goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus)+
  • astilbe, false spirea (Astilbe × arendsii)
  • swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)+
  • heartleaf brunnera, Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)
  • turtlehead (Chelone species)+
  • showy lady slipper orchid (Cypripedium reginae)+
  • shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia)+
  • Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)+
  • queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra)+
  • dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris)
  • rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)*
  • Japanese iris (Iris ensata)
  • yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus)
  • Siberian iris (Iris sibirica)
  • bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis syn. Dicentra spectabilis)
  • leopard plant (Ligularia spp.)
  • cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)+
  • obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana)+
  • Jacob's ladder (Polemonium caeruleum)
  • meadow rue (Thalictrum spp.)**
  • spiderwort (Tradescantia spp)**
  • fern (various species)**

* Native to parts of North America
** Some species native to parts of North America
+ Native to North America, including parts of Iowa

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