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Plants for the pond's edge

Plants for the pond's edge

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Published by Ron Sylvester
Plants for around a pond or waterway recommended by the Sedgwick County Extension Center.
Plants for around a pond or waterway recommended by the Sedgwick County Extension Center.

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Published by: Ron Sylvester on Jun 23, 2011
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Wildflowers & Grasses for Pond Edges
Common NameScientific NameSoil Type/Location BloomsHeightComments
Blue Verbena / BlueVervain
Verbena hastata 
near springs, seep areas, streambanks, moist porous & heavy loamsoilsJune-Sept5 ftattracts sparrows andfinches who eat the seedsWooly Verbena
Verbena stricta 
dry soilsJune-Aug3-4 ftuse on the upper edge,where dry, roots extenddown to 12ft - great forinfiltrationNew England Aster
Aster novae-angliae 
stream banks, moist or dry sandysoilsSept-Oct4 ft attracts butterfliesCommon Self-heal
Prunella vulgaris 
wet soils, stream banks, pondedgesJune-Oct1 ftFalse Indigo
Amorpha fruticosa 
low water requirementsSpring8 ftwoody perennialWestern Ironweed
Vernonia baldwinii 
upland sites, disturned areasJuly-Sept2-5 ftplant on upper shore,Smooth Milkweed
Asclepias sullivantii 
moist soilsJune-Aug3 ftPurple Coneflower,Black Samson
Echinacea angustifolia 
dry soilsJune-July2 ftuse on the upper edge,where dry, tap root extends5-8ft, great for drought andinfiltrationTrumpet Creeper
Campsis radicans 
stream banksJune-Aug20 ftvineyattracts hummingbirds andlong-tounged beesCardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis 
stream banks, wet soils, needssome shadeAug-Sept3 ftElderberry
Sambusus canadensis 
stream banks, moist soilsMay-July6 ftRough-LeavedDogwood
Cornus drummondii 
stream banks, wet or dry soilsMay -June6 ftdoes well in drought, coverfor wildlife and attracts birdsIllinois Bundle-Flower
Desmanthus illinoensis 
stream banks, rocky, clay or sandysoilsMay-July5 ftwinter hardy, droughtresistant,Wild Licorice
Glycyrrhiza lepidota 
stream valleys, moist soilsMay-Aug3 ftattracts deer, and gamebirdsVirginia Knotweed
Polygonum virginianum 
stream banksJuly-Sept3 ftforms clumps

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