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Acorus americanus

Acorus americanus

Common Name: Sweet flag

Scented, Iris-like foliage. Flowers are inconspicuous

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Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon gerardii

Common Name: Big bluestem

Classic grass of the tall grass prairies, tolerates a wide variety of soils in full sun, good livestock forage. 

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Andropogon glomeratus

Andropogon glomeratus

Common Name: Bushy bluestem

Likes it wet, but will tolerate drought. Found in marshes and coastal areas along much of the east coast. Provides food and cover for wildlife.

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Andropogon virginicus

Andropogon virginicus

Common Name: Broom sedge

Short, warm season bunch grass, with golden fall color. Tolerates drought and poor soils. 

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Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

Common Name: Swamp milkweed

Food source for monarch butterfly larvae, does well in any open, moist location.

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Aster novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae

Common Name: New England aster

Lovely tall aster of wet spaces; for me its blooming means fall is coming. 

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Aster novi-belgii

Aster novi-belgii

Common Name: New York aster

Rhizomatous species with violet or blue flowers. 

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Aster puniceus

Aster puniceus

Common Name: Purple stemmed aster

Found along creeks, pond's edge. Great naturalizer for moist areas. 

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Boltonia asteroides

Boltonia asteroides

Common Name: Thousand-flowered aster

Explodes into bloom in late summer, lives up to its common name. 

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Calamagrostis canadensis

Calamagrostis canadensis

Common Name: Canada Bluejoint

Cool season, strong aggressive grower. Great for soil stabilization, quickly forms dense stands.

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Carex comosa

Carex comosa

Common Name: Bristly sedge

Erect clumps of triangular stems form from short rhizomes. Drooping spikelets impart a bottlebrush effect. Found along ponds, lakes, in wetlands and wet meadows, providing food and cover for water fowl.

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Carex crinita

Carex crinita

Common Name: Fringed sedge

This sedge is suited for shaded wetlands, it has blue/green foliage and drooping seed heads.

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Carex emoryii

Carex emoryii

Common Name: Emory's sedge

An aquatic emergent, great selection for stormwater projects. 

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Carex muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis

Common Name: Palm sedge

This distinctive sedge resembles a miniature palm. Slow, creeping.

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Carex stipata

Carex stipata

Common Name: Awl-fruited sedge

Common and very adaptable sedge, good choice for use in wetlands restoration.

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Carex stricta

Carex stricta

Common Name: Tussock sedge

This beautiful sedge deserves a spot in the ornamental water garden, great form. 

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Carex vulpinoidea

Carex vulpinoidea

Common Name: Fox sedge

Tough and adaptable, should be used in all wetlands restoration projects. 

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Elymus virginicus

Elymus virginicus

Common Name: Virginia wild rye

Great for soil stabilization, provides food and cover for wildlife. 

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Helenium autumnale

Helenium autumnale

Common Name: Common sneezeweed

It doesn't make you sneeze. Occurs in wet meadows and moist places. 

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Helianthus angustifolia

Helianthus angustifolia

Common Name: Swamp sunflower

Numerous, bright blooms, narrow shiny deep green leaves. A spectacular show. Should be kept moist for best performance. 

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Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos

Common Name: Swamp mallow

The large blossoms grab your attention, found in swamps and wet meadows, this plant is great for ponds. 

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Iris versicolor

Iris versicolor

Common Name: Blue flag

An emergent aquatic, beautiful blue flowers with yellow throat, moisture is required. 

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Iris virginica

Iris virginica

Common Name: Southern blue flag

Easy to grow. Will do well in average garden soil, but is more at home in wetter conditions, even shallow water and brackish tidal marshes. The roots provide excellent soil stabilization. 

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Juncus effusus

Juncus effusus

Common Name: Soft rush

Tight clumping growth habit, prefers saturated soils or shallow water, good for the ornamental water garden. 

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Juncus tenuis

Juncus tenuis

Common Name: Path rush

Thrives on abuse, great for pathways or any compact soil, tolerant of sun, shade, flooding, and drought. 

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Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Common Name: Cardinal flower

Vibrant red flowers, a favorite of hummingbirds, needs a moist site. 

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Lobelia siphilitica

Lobelia siphilitica

Common Name: Great blue lobelia

This plant prefers wet feet and some shade, blue spikes appear over a stout stem. 

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Mimulus ringens

Mimulus ringens

Common Name: Square stem monkey flower

Blue snapdragon-like flowers. Needs adequate moisture and full sun. 

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Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma

Common Name: Bee balm

Scented foliage, spreads rapidly. A hummingbird favorite.

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Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Panicum amarum 'Dewey Blue'

Common Name: Atlantic coastal panic grass

Stunning selection, powder-blue foliage with beige seed heads. 

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Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum

Common Name: Switch grass

Attractive clump forming grass with airy panicles, outstanding for erosion control and wildlife cover. 

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Physostegia virginiana

Physostegia virginiana

Common Name: Obedient plant

The not-so-obedient plant, pink snapdragon-like flowers, rampant, aggressive, spreader. 

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Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia laciniata

Common Name: Green-headed coneflower

Deeply cut leaves, with drooping yellow ray flowers on 4-foot stems, likes wet feet. NAO

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Scirpus atrovirens

Scirpus atrovirens

Common Name: Green bulrush

A moist meadow, pond shore, and wet ditch rush with interesting flowers. 

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Scirpus cyperinus

Scirpus cyperinus

Common Name: Wool grass

Clumping species that provides food and cover for wildlife. 

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Scirpus pungens

Scirpus pungens

Common Name: Common three-squared bulrush

Excellent shallow water emergent, spreads by rhizomes, good for erosion control. 

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Scirpus validus (tabernaemontani)

Scirpus validus (tabernaemontani)

Common Name: Soft stemmed bulrush

Gracefully arching foliage makes this a good choice for ornamental water gardens. 

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Sedum ternatum

Sedum ternatum

Common Name: Three-leaved stone crop

Delicate star shaped white flowers over whorled evergreen foliage, tolerates shade and moist soils. 

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Senecio aureus

Senecio aureus

Common Name: Golden ragwort

Nearly evergreen foliage, with small, golden daisy blossoms. Good ground cover, completely under used. 

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Solidago graminifolia

Solidago graminifolia

Common Name: Grass-leaved goldenrod

This flat-topped goldenrod is great with eupatorium and vernonias.

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Sorghastrum nutans

Sorghastrum nutans

Common Name: Indian grass

A beautiful native grass with golden feather-like seed heads, good fall color, great with taller wildflowers. 

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Verbena hastata

Verbena hastata

Common Name: Blue vervain

Purple candelabra blooms on tall stems, self-sows freely.

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Vernonia noveborecensis

Vernonia noveborecensis

Common Name: New York ironweed

Common in old fields, wet meadows, brings the butterflies in droves. Great with eupatorium. 

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Veronicastrum virginicum

Veronicastrum virginicum

Common Name: Culver root

Tall, white blooms above whorled foliage give this native an elegant look.

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Zizia aureus

Zizia aureus

Common Name: Golden Alexander's

Great early spring color for the naturalized garden, often seen in flood plains and wooded bottom lands. 

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