Creates natural sediment traps; provides food for ducks and a habitat for invertebrates, which are
food for waterfowl.
indicator status OBL
habitat Marshes, bogs, or wet meadows; pH 5.1-8.8.
characteristics A rhizomatous warm season species; grows to 3’ tall; 14” minimum root depth; full
sun; low drought tolerance; no salt tolerance; blooms from June to October.
marsh (dense) blazing star (spiked gayfeather)
The flowers have a feathery appearance; supports pollinators and butterflies.
indicator status FAC
habitat Moist fields, fencerows, and roadsides. pH 5.6-7.5.
characteristics A corm-forming species; grows from 1’-5’ tall; 14” minimum root depth; moderate shade
tolerance; low drought tolerance; low salt tolerance; blooms from July to September; beautiful
spikes of purple flowers.
The nectar provides food for hummingbirds and butterflies.
habitat Wet meadows, swamps, ditches, stream banks, and lake
shores; pH 5.8-7.8.
characteristics A single-stemmed flowering species; grows from 2’-6’
tall; 12” minimum root depth; shade tolerant; moderate drought tolerance; no salt tolerance; blooms
from July to October; crimson red flowers.
great blue lobelia
Indeterminate blooms attract pollinators to wetlands.
, moist meadows, stream banks, and ditches.
characteristicsGrows from 1’-5’ tall; blooms from August to
September; decorative blue flowers have white markings.