Selected species for wet meadow gardens

Always check the scientific name of a plant. A plant may have more than one common name or the same common name may refer to more than one plant.

Scientific name

Common name (flower color)

Recommended space between plants

Perennial Flowers

Tall (most plants are 3-5 feet)

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed (pink

18 inches

Aster puniceus

Purple-stemmed Aster (light blue)

18 inches

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower (red)

12 inches

Medium (most plants are 2-3 feet)

Iris versicolor

Blueflag Iris (blue)

12 inches

Lilium michiganese

Turk's Cap Lily or Michigan Lily (orange)

12 inches

Chelone glabra

Turtlehead (cream)

6 inches


Tall (most plants are 3-6 feet)

Andropogon gerardi

Big Bluestem

24 inches

Sorghastrum nutans


24 inches

Spartina pectinata

Prairie Cordgrass

24-36 inches

Medium (most plants are 2-4 feet)

Calamagrostis canadensis

Blue Joint Grass

12-18 inches

Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem

18 inches


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