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Pollinator Plants for Wet Sites

Fact Sheet

Perilous Plight of the Pollinators
High Value Pollinator Plants

For Wet Sites

This fact sheet contains information about highly valued pollinator plants to consider when designing your landscapes and gardens. The plants include native flowers, shrubs, trees, grasses and herbs. An effective pollinator planting has at least three species blooming at one time, i.e.: 3-early, 3-mid and 3-late, during the growing season. This would include flowers, shrubs and trees. Bunch grasses are listed since they provide nesting habitat for bumble bees.

Native IL Prairie Flowers

Common Name Scientific Name Light Needs Bloom Time
Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Full Sun mid
Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris Full Sun very early
Turtlehead Chelone glabra Full Sun late
Common Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum Shade late
Bottle gentian Gentiana andrewsii Full Sun mid
Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale Shade late
Marsh Blazingstar Liatris spicata Full Sun mid
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinals Shade mid-late
Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Full Sun late
Winged Loostrife Lythrum alatum Full Sun mid
Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum virginianum Shade mid
Cup Plant Silphium perfoliatum Shade mid
Riddell's Goldenrod Solidago riddellii Full Sun very late
New England Aster Symphotrichium novae-angliae Full Sun very late
Common Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Full Sun late
Culver's Root Veronicastrum virginicum Shade mid

Native IL Shrubs

Common Name Scientific Name Bloom Time
False Indigo Amorpha fruticosa early - mid
Button bush Cephalanthus occidentalis late
Spicebush Lindera benzoin early

Native IL Trees

Common Name Scientific Name Bloom Time
Willow Willow Species very early

Native IL Prairie Bunch Grasses

Common Name Scientific Name
Wool Grass Scirpus cyperinus


Referernce: NRCS Illinois Biology Technical Guide No. 23
Pollinator Biology and Habitat


August 2012

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