Flowers (Moist to Wet Soil)

These wildflowers are well suited to Manitoba's moist prairies and woodlands and/or prairie wetlands.

Moist soils may be subject to periodic flooding during spring melt or after heavy rains but do not remain water-logged. They are typically found in the transition zone between wetland and upland and can vary between clay, silt, loam and sand. The dominant graminoids, or grass-like plants, in these habitats are grasses (not sedges).

Wet soils are always water-logged and often subject to periods of standing water. Soils range from mineral to muck or peat and are characteristic of marshes and river edges. Species diversity is typically low. The dominant graminoids are sedges.

Four-flowered Yellow Loosestrife

This yellow loosestrife is ranked S2, or imperilled, in Manitoba where it reaches the northwest extent of its range.

Water Parsnip

Tall and attractive, water parsnip has delightfully fragrant flower clusters up to 5 inches across.

Hemp dogbane

In the fall, the leaves turn bright yellow, wonderfully complementing the red stems.

Wild Iris

Striking blue and white flowers stand out in any wetland setting – woodland or prairie.

Calamus, Sweet Flag, Rat Root

The plant of many names! Calamus is know for it’s extraordinarily bitter, hot roots that have wonderful medicinal properties.

Marsh Hedge-Nettle

This wetland mint gets a terminal spike of beautiful pink flowers and its leaves have a distinctive bumpy texture to them.

American Water Horehound

Another one of our wetland mints, this little number has distinct, lobed leaves and white flower clusters appear in the leaf axils.


Not to me mistaken for wild mint, which looks similar and often grows nearby.

Wild Mint

 A wetland mint that produces clusters of tiny, light pink flowers in the leaf axils.

Nuttall’s Sunflower

The best thing about this plant is that the flowers smell like chocolate!

Swamp Milkweed

Beautiful deep pink flowers with white centers emit a wonderful aroma that resembles cherry Fruit Loops!