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Regional Picks: Plants for Wet Soil – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 136

1. Astilboides


Name: Astilboides tabularis

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 7

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, average to rich organic soil

This is a midwesterner’s dream for beautiful, bold foliage. Frothy flower plumes in early summer reveal its close kinship with rodgersia (Rodgersia spp. and cvs., Zones 3–8). But astilboides is most loved for its leaves: perfect circles with delicate lobes held upright as the most exquisite umbrellas. It’s spectacular in moist low spots or when massed along streams or next to ponds.


2. ‘Hot Lips’ Turtlehead

‘Hot Lips’ Turtlehead

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