Lakeplain Wet-mesic Prairie Plant List

Graminoids

  • big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
  • blue-joint (Calamagrostis canadensis)
  • sedges (Carex aurea, C. buxbaumii, C. crawei, C. prairea, C. stricta, C. tetanica, and others)
  • twig-rush (Cladium mariscoides)
  • western panic grass (Dichanthelium implicatum)
  • slender wheat grass (Elymus trachycaulus)
  • rushes (Juncus brachycephalus, Juncus greenei, Juncus torreyi, and others)
  • switch grass (Panicum virgatum)
  • common reed (Phragmites australis subsp. americanus)
  • little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
  • bulrush (Scirpus pendulus)
  • nut-rush (Scleria verticillata)
  • Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
  • cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

Forbs

  • purple false foxglove (Agalinis purpurea)
  • common false foxglove (Agalinis tenuifolia)
  • swamp agrimony (Agrimonia parviflora)
  • colic root (Aletris farinosa)
  • Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)
  • tuberous Indian plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum)
  • tall green milkweed (Asclepias hirtella)
  • swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  • purple milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens)
  • Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)
  • butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)
  • tall coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris)
  • white lady-slipper (Cypripedium candidum)
  • bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)
  • small fringed gentian (Gentianopsis virgata)
  • sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
  • tall sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)
  • marsh blazing-star (Liatris spicata)
  • Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense)
  • small yellow flax (Linum medium)
  • pale spiked lobelia (Lobelia spicata)
  • whorled loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)
  • winged loosestrife (Lythrum alatum)
  • balsam ragwort (Packera paupercula)
  • swamp-betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)
  • foxglove beard-tongue (Penstemon digitalis)
  • prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea)
  • silverweed (Potentilla anserina)
  • common mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
  • blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium spp.)
  • goldenrods (Solidago gigantea, S. ohioensis, and S. riddellii)
  • nodding ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes cernua and S. magnicamporum)
  • asters (Symphyotrichum ericoides, S. lanceolatum, and S. novae-angliae)
  • wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia)
  • Missouri ironweed (Vernonia missurica)
  • Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
  • golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

Shrubs

  • dogwoods (Cornus spp.)
  • shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)
  • Kalm’s St. John’s-wort (Hypericum kalmianum)
  • prairie rose (Rosa setigera)
  • dewberries and raspberries (Rubus spp.)
  • willows (Salix spp.)
  • meadowsweet (Spiraea alba)

Citation

Cohen, J.G., M.A. Kost, B.S. Slaughter, D.A. Albert, J.M. Lincoln, A.P. Kortenhoven, C.M. Wilton, H.D. Enander, and K.M. Korroch. 2020. Michigan Natural Community Classification [web application]. Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University Extension, Lansing, Michigan. Available https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/communities/classification. (Accessed: October 20, 2020).