Rain Garden Plants

Emergent plants that are suited to the changes in soil moisture of a rain garden. 

These plants can also be used for ponds, lakes and water gardens. 

 

Asclepias incarnata

swamp milkweed

Flower Color: pink-purple
Bloom Time: Jun-Oct
Plant Height: 2’-4.5’
Water Depth: wet soil-6”
Light: full sun/part shade
Benefits: attracts butterflies, host plant for Danaus plexippus and Danaus gilippus caterpillars

 

Canna flaccida

bandanna of the Everglades

Flower Color: yellow 
Bloom Time: May-Aug
Plant Height: 4’
Water Depth: wet soil-6”
Light: full sun
Benefits: erosion control, showy flower

Chasmanthium latifolium

inland sea oats

Flower Color: green
Bloom Time: Jun-Oct
Plant Height: 2’-4’
Water Depth: wet soil-6”
Light: part shade/shade
Benefits: erosion control, seeds are food for wildlife

Crinum americanum

seven sisters

Flower Color: white, blush
Bloom Time: Jun-Nov
Plant Height: 2’-3’
Water Depth: wet soil-6”
Light: full sun/part shade
Benefits: showy and fragrant flower

 

Equisetum hyemale

scouringrush horsetail

Plant Height: 3’
Water Depth: wet soil-6”
Light: full sun/part shade
Benefits: ornamental evergreen

Hibiscus lasiocarpos

rosemallow

Flower Color: white with magenta eye
Bloom Time: Apr-Sep
Plant Height: 3’-5’
Water Depth: wet soil- 6”
Light: full sun
Benefits: attracts butterflies, deer and quail eat seeds

Hymenocallis occidentalis

Northern spiderlily

Flower Color: white
Bloom Time: Mar-Sep
Plant Height: 1.5’-2.5’ 
Water Depth: wet soil-6”
Light: full sun/part shade
Benefits: showy and fragrant flower

 

Lobelia cardinalis

cardinal flower

Flower Color: red
Bloom Time: May-Oct
Plant Height: 3’-5’
Water Depth: wet soil- 6”
Light: full sun/part shade
Benefits: attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Physostegia virginiana

obedient plant

Flower Color: pink, lavender

Bloom Time: Aug-Nov

Plant Height: 3’-4’

Water Depth: wet soil-6”

Light: Full sun/part shade

Benefits: attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, good cut flower

Tripsicum dactyloides

Eastern gamagrass

Flower Color: yellow
Bloom Time: Apr-Jun
Plant Height: 4’-6’
Water Depth:  wet soil
Light: full sun/part shade
Benefits: ground cover, host plant for Problema byssus caterpillars

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