Wet-Mesic Sand Prairie Plant List

Graminoids

  • ticklegrasses (Agrostis hyemalis and A. scabra)
  • big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
  • blue-joint (Calamagrostis canadensis)
  • sedges (Carex buxbaumii, C. flava, C. leptalea, C. pellita, C. pensylvanica, C. stricta, and others)
  • panic grasses (Dichanthelium spp.)
  • golden-seeded spike-rush (Eleocharis elliptica)
  • fowl manna grass (Glyceria striata)
  • blue flags (Iris versicolor and I. virginica)
  • rushes (Juncus balticus, J. brachycarpus, J. effusus, J. greenei, J. scirpoides, J. vaseyi, and others)
  • switch grass (Panicum virgatum)
  • brownish beak-rush (Rhynchospora capitellata)
  • little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
  • wool-grass (Scirpus cyperinus)
  • tall nut-rush (Scleria triglomerata)
  • Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
  • cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)
  • prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Forbs

  • colic root (Aletris farinosa)
  • white camas (Anticlea elegans)
  • tall green milkweed (Asclepias hirtella)
  • harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)
  • bastard-toadflax (Comandra umbellata)
  • tall coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris)
  • slender goldentop (Euthamia caroliniana)
  • grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
  • wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
  • marsh blazing-star (Liatris spicata)
  • cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • pale spiked lobelia (Lobelia spicata)
  • common water horehound (Lycopus americanus)
  • lance-leaved loosestrife (Lysimachia lanceolata)
  • wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  • small sundrops (Oenothera perennis)
  • balsam ragwort (Packera paupercula)
  • water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)
  • common mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
  • common skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)
  • common blue-eyed-grass (Sisyrinchium albidum)
  • goldenrods (Solidago gigantea, S. ohioensis, S. riddellii, S. rugosa, and others)
  • hyssop hedge nettle (Stachys hyssopifolia)
  • bushy aster (Symphyotrichum dumosum)
  • long-leaved aster (Symphyotrichum robynsianum)
  • purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)
  • marsh St. John’s-wort (Triadenum fraseri)
  • Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
  • lance-leaved violet (Viola lanceolata)
  • arrow-leaved violet (Viola sagittata)

Ferns

  • marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris)

Shrubs

  • tag alder (Alnus incana)
  • black chokeberry (Aronia prunifolia)
  • leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)
  • dogwoods (Cornus spp.)
  • shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)
  • Kalm’s St. John’s-wort (Hypericum kalmianum)
  • shrubby St. John’s-wort (Hypericum prolificum)
  • pasture rose (Rosa carolina)
  • dewberries (Rubus spp.)
  • willows (Salix spp.)
  • meadowsweet (Spiraea alba)
  • steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa)

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).