Plants for Shade in WET Soil

Many plants will not grow well in soils that are constantly moist or wet. However, there are a number of plants that are tolerant of and have adapted to perform well under these conditions. Moist generally means soils that are constantly damp and wet refers to soils that are saturated with occasional exposure to standing water 1 day duration.

Notes: Large impressive blooms. Slow to emerge in the spring. Performs best in moist soil in a sun to part shade location. Notes: Clusters of frothy blooms. Good for rain gardens. Best in full sun to part shade. Notes: Dramatic foliage, daisy-like flowers, late season flower display. Best in sun to part shade. Notes: Good accent plant. Needs moisture for best performance.

Notes: Very large graceful fern. Good along shaded water features. Best in part to full shade. Notes: Early flowering, daisy-like flowers. May go dormant during the summer. University of Illinois Extension. Perennials Tolerant of Moist to Wet Soil. Hardy Hibiscus Full Shade Wet Soil Plants 21 - Hibiscus sp. Height: feet. Width: feet. Bloom: red, white, pink, Bicolor, July-Sept. Queen of the Prairie - Filipendula rubra Height: 18 inches - 6 feet. Bloom: Pink, white, June-July.

Cultivars: 'Flore Plano', 'Aurea', 'Kahome'. Black Snakeroot - Cimicifuga racemosa Height: feet. Bloom: White, Pink, Aug-Sept. Notes: Large, dramatic plant. Late season flower display. Rocket Ligularia - Ligularia dentate Height: feet. Bloom: Yellow, July- Aug. Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis Height: feet. Width: inches. Bloom: Red, blue July-Sept. Meadow Rue - Thalictrum aquilegifolium Height: feet. Bloom: Lavender, July-Aug. Notes: Distinctive, lacy columbine-like foliage. Spiderwort - Tradescantia x andersoniana Height: inches.

Bloom: White, blue, purple, June-July. Notes: Can be cut back to refresh plant appearance in midseason. Can spread. Royal Fern - Osmunda regalis Height: feet. Bloom: none. Finger-leaf Rodger's Flower - Rodgersia aesculifolia Height: feet. Bloom: White, July. Notes: Very large leaf bold plant. Good along water feature.

Best in part shade. Leopard's Bane - Doronicum orientale Height: inches. Bloom: Yellow, April-May. Siberian Iris - Iris siberica Height: feet. Bloom: Lavender, June. Cultivars: 'Caesar's Brother' 'Little White'. Notes: Very wet tolerant, fine grass-like foliage.




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