Wildflowers for Moist to Wet soil

These soils are usually wet in spring and may have standing water for several days after summer and fall rains. The surface soil can dry out somewhat in summer, or they may be soggy or marshy all year. 

BLUE VERVAINCLOSED GENTIANFLAT TOP ASTERFLAT TOP GOLDENRODIRONWEEDJOE PYEMARSH MARIGOLDNEW ENGLAND ASTERNORTHERN BOG VIOLETOBEDIENT PLANTSALINE SHOOTING STARSILVERWEEDSWEET FLAGTALL MEADOW RUETURTLEHEADWILD IRISWILD MINT


SWEET FLAG Acorus americanus

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Height: 60 - 120 cm
Colour: Yellow
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, NWT

Description: Yellow-green sword shaped leaves - The leaves have a beautiful smell when crushed - Fragrant roots were widely used medicinally in the past - Deer Resistant. Also known as: Rat Root, Weekay

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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SWAMP MILKWEED Asclepias incarnata

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 90 - 120 cm
Bloom Time: July
Colour: Rose Pink
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS
Pollinator Interactions: honey bees, yellow faced bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, green sweat bees, small resin bees, leaf cutter bees, wasps, ants, green bottle flies, tachinid flies, bee flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, skippers

Description: Many, large clusters of fragrant flowers make this a magnificant plant - Host for the beautiful black, yellow and white striped Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Flowers are a good nectar source for all butterflies - Deer resistant. Good for many pollinators including bees and butterflies.

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Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $10.00 25g $36.00 100g $115.00
(4,000 seeds/25g)    


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MARSH MARIGOLD Caltha palustris

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Height: 20 - 50 cm
Bloom Time: May
Colour: Yellow
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT, NU
Pollinator Interactions: andrena bees, cuckoo bees, ants, syrphid flies, mining bees, sweat bees, green sweat bees

Description: Large, bright yellow flowers in early May are a welcome end to winter - Round or kidney shaped leaves - They do great in shallow water in ponds but do not require standing water to grow in - Also grows well in moist soil - Deer Resistant.

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Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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TURTLEHEAD Chelone glabra

Sun: Full Sun or Shade
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Height: 60 - 90 cm
Bloom Time: August
Colour: White
Spacing: 30-60 cm
Native Range in Canada: MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL
Pollinator Interactions: bumble bees, hummingbirds, long horned bees

Description: A rare, native snapdragon - Squeeze the flower and the turtle opens its mouth - Only host for Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly caterpillars - Deer resistant. Very interesting to watch bees crawl into the turtle’s mouth in search of food.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $8.00 25g $27.00 100g $87.00
(82,000 seeds/25g)  


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SALINE SHOOTING STAR Dodecatheon meadia

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Height: 20 - 30 cm
Bloom Time: June
Colour: Pink
Spacing: 15 cm
Native Range in Canada: MB

Description: A captivating little plant with bright and striking flowers - Many flowers in a cluster - Leaves disappear when the plant goes dormant in August, however it returns reliably every year.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 


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FLAT TOP ASTER Doellingeria umbellata

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 90 - 120 cm
Bloom Time: August
Colour: White
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: AB, SK, MB, ON, QC
Pollinator Interactions: bees

Description: The plants are crowned with large, stately cluster of flowers in late summer - Host of bright orange caterpillars of Harris Checkerspot butterfly. Asters are an important fall food source for bees.

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Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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JOE PYE Eupatorium maculatum

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 100 - 150 cm
Bloom Time: August
Colour: Pink
Spacing: 30-60 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL
Pollinator Interactions: butterflies, bumble bees, cuckoo bees, leaf cutter bees

Description: Fluffy, pink flowers in clusters up to 15 cm across - A Top Ten nectar plant for butterflies - A nice, bushy specimen plant - Deer resistant. Good for many pollinators including butterflies and bees.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $5.00 25g $14.00 100g $45.00
(49,000 seeds/25g)    


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FLAT TOP GOLDENROD Euthamia graminifolia

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 30 - 60 cm
Bloom Time: August
Colour: Yellow
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, NWT
Pollinator Interactions: bees, butterflies

Description: Clusters of flowers in flat heads - A fine textured goldenrod with narrow leaves and spreading roots - Attracts butterflies for nectar - Deer Resistant. Goldenrods are an important fall food source for bees.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $8.00 25g $28.00 100g $91.00
(49,000 seeds/25g)    


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CLOSED GENTIAN Gentiana andrewsii

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 30 - 80 cm
Bloom Time: August
Colour: Blue
Spacing: 25 cm
Native Range in Canada: SK, MB, ON, QC
Pollinator Interactions: bumble bees

Description: A gorgeous plant with clusters of brilliant blue flowers that never open up - Only bumblebees can get inside for nectar - Also called Bottle Gentian.

Difficult to propagate. Ask about availability.

Sizes & Prices
Not Available in 2017.


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WILD IRIS Iris versicolor

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Height: 30 - 80 cm
Bloom Time: June
Colour: Purple
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL
Pollinator Interactions: hummingbirds, skippers, butterflies, bees

Description: Majestic flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds - Also called Blue Flag - Excellent in shallow water in a pond or just in a moist area - Floral emblem of Quebec - Deer Resistant.

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Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $4.00 25g $7.00 100g $20.00
(1,100 seeds/25g)    


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WILD MINT Mentha arvensis villosa

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 20 - 50 cm
Bloom Time: July/August
Colour: Pale Blue
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT
Pollinator Interactions: small bees, flies, wasps

Description: Spreads very vigorously - Use to make tea or flavour drinks, sauces, jellies, salads and new potatoes - Deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts a variety of small pollinators.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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OBEDIENT PLANT Physostegia virginiana

Sun: Full Sun or Shade
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Height: 60 - 90 cm
Bloom Time: August
Colour: Pink
Spacing: 60-90 cm
Native Range in Canada: MB, ON, QC, NB, NS
Pollinator Interactions: bumble bees, sweat bees, green sweat bees, yellow faced bees, hummingbirds, butterflies

Description: Spreads quickly by roots - Dense groundcover for areas that are too wet to mow - Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds for nectar - Longblooming – Deer resistant.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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TALL MEADOW RUE Thalictrum dasycarpum

Sun: Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 100 - 150 cm
Bloom Time: July
Colour: White
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, YT

Description: Large panicles of showy flowers on bushy plants - Bluish green leaves - The plants are tall and slender when young and much fatter as they get older - Long lived - Reseeds.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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BLUE VERVAIN Vebena hastata

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 90 - 130 cm
Bloom Time: July/August
Colour: Purple
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS
Pollinator Interactions: sweat bees, green sweat bees, small carpenter bees, bumble bees, long horned bees, leaf cutter bees, cuckoo bees, honey bees, verbena bee, butterflies, skippers, syrphid flies, bee flies, wasps

Description: Fast growing and long blooming - The many clusters of gorgeous purple spikes seem to glow in the sunshine - Lives a few years and reseeds easily on moist soil – Deer resistant.

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Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $6.00 25g $15.00 100g $49.00
(83,000 seeds/25g)    


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NEW ENGLAND ASTER Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Medium to Moist
Height: 75 - 120 cm
Bloom Time: August/September
Colour: Purple
Spacing: 30-45 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS
Pollinator Interactions: honey bees, mining bees, small carpenter bees, leaf cutter bees, bumble bees, sweat bees, cuckoo bees, long horned bees, butterflies, bee flies, syrphid flies, soldier beetles

Description: Masses of showy purple flowers with orange centers cover the top of this plant - One of the Top Ten nectar plants for butterflies - Reseeds easily – Deer and rabbit resistant. Asters are an important fall food source for bees.

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Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $9.00 25g $33.00 100g $105.00
(40,000 seeds/25g)    


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IRONWEED Veronia fasciculata

Sun: Full Sun
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Height: 90 - 150 cm
Bloom Time: August
Colour: Purple
Spacing: 30 cm
Native Range in Canada: MB
Pollinator Interactions: long horned bees, honey bees, green sweat bees, bumble bees, leaf cutter bees, butterflies, skippers, syrphid flies, soldier beetles

Description: Fluffy flowers in flat heads at the top of the plant - Rare in Manitoba - Nectar plant for butterflies and host for Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars – Deer resistant. Good for many pollinators including bees and butterflies.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  
 
Seed 5g $7.00 25g $24.00 100g $76.00
(12,300 seeds/25g) Seed not available in 2017.


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NORTHERN BOG VIOLET Viola nephrophylla

Sun: Full Sun or Part Shade
Moisture: Moist to Wet
Height: 15 - 20 cm
Bloom Time: May
Colour: Blue
Spacing: 20 cm
Native Range in Canada: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL, YT, NWT, NU

Description: The most common blue violet - Food for Fritillary butterfly caterpillars - Reseeds easily.

Sizes & Prices
5 packs $11.50 $132/ tray of 70 2 or more trays $123
 
4.5" pots $7.25 10/$65.50  


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SILVERWEED Argentina anserina

Sun: Full Sun or Shade
Moisture: Medium to Wet
Colour: Yellow
Height: 5 – 15 cm
Bloom Time: June – August

Description: A low, fast growing groundcover that spreads by runners like Strawberries. Very adaptable plant for difficult areas with medium to wet soil. Great for erosion control.

Sizes & Prices
Not Available in 2017.


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