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Belton, MO 64012
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Rain Garden

Rain Garden

These plants have evolved over thousands of years to thrive in wet soils and to effectively percolate rainwater into the ground water so that it doesn't contribute to runoff and soil erosion.

Unlike plants used in and around ponds, rain garden plants should be able to survive both inundation and dry spells. To find out more about constructing a working rain garden or bioswale, check out websites such as www.raingardens.org, clean-water.uwex.edu/pubs/raingarden/, http://www.bolton-menk.com/news/documents/RainGardensGuide.pdf, and, coming in November 2005, the website for Kansas City's 10,000 Rain Gardens project. Critsite is the official supplier for this exciting Kansas City project.

Tussock Sedge
Tussock Sedge
Carex stricta
Horsetail
Horsetail
Equisetum hyemale
Torrey's Rush
Torrey's Rush
Juncus torreyi
Blunt Spike Rush
Blunt Spike Rush
Eleocharis obtusa
Blue Flag
Blue Flag
Iris versicolor
Blue Lobelia
Blue Lobelia
Lobelia siphilitica
Copper Iris
Copper Iris
Iris fulva
Prairie Cord Grass
Prairie Cord Grass
Spartina pectinata
Canada Wild Rye
Canada Wild Rye
Elymus canadensis
Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis
Rose Mallow
Rose Mallow
Hibiscus lasiocarpos
Rose Turtlehead
Rose Turtlehead
Chelone obliqua
Marsh Blazing Star
Marsh Blazing Star
Liatris spicata
Marsh Milkweed
Marsh Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
Mist Flower
Mist Flower
Eupatorium coelestinum
Needle Spike Rush
Needle Spike Rush
Eleocharis acicularis
New England Aster
New England Aster
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium purpureum
Queen of the Prairie
Queen of the Prairie
Filipendula rubra
Swamp Aster
Swamp Aster
Aster puniceus
Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh
Actaea podocarpa