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Hey guys, I've got a yellow flag iris in my bog but it hasn't spread at all. Can't find any information as to whether or not that's normal.

Anyways, I'm wondering what the best bog plant would be for my zone (6a)? I saw someone on here say that iris isn't the best bog plant. Something even edible mayhaps? Watercress is looking pretty nice! Let me know.
 
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I have yellow flag, it took a bit to start spreading, a few years. The water willow, mint, obedient plant, blue forgetmenot, lirope, marsh betony, all do well in a bog and have a lot of roots.
 
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Marsh Marigold has gone crazy in both my pond and bog. It comes back bigger and better every year. It has also popped up new plants on the opposite side of both the pond and bog.
I'm in zone 6b.

I have 3 different iris which have all done well and have also bloomed.

I always add parrots feather at my spillway. It won't survive the winter though, it's tropical.

Creeping Jenny comes back every year in the bog and around the edges of the pond. It's quite hardy.

I add fiber optic plants every year. I like the way they look, but they are also tropical.

The same goes for Papyrus and Umbrella plants, also tropical.

I also have miniature cat tails in the bog. They are hardy and come back every year.

I have hosta in the bog too.

And a couple of grasses too. I have no idea what they are, but they are also hardy.

I think you can grow just about anything in the bog.

If you have enough sun, vegetables can be grown in the bog.
 

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I have parrots feather that comes back every year, by this time I need to yank the excess. It freezes and comes back just fine.
Forgot about creeping jenny, does great.
 
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I have parrots feather that comes back every year, by this time I need to yank the excess. It freezes and comes back just fine.
Forgot about creeping jenny, does great.
Oh, Parrot's feather always dies off here in 6b. Maybe there are different types that are more tolerant.
 

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I have 4 different varieties, even red stem that is supposed to not do well. It has come back for years now. All of the parrots feather has roots in dirt. Just when I first put it in. The rest floats out.

Got some neat tiny leafed parrots feather in a shallow stream pond, it comes back also. I know that pond ices up. No flow and no fish.

Maybe your 6b is colder than ours. We have had hard freezes on the ponds and it still comes back.
 
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I have 4 different varieties, even red stem that is supposed to not do well. It has come back for years now. All of the parrots feather has roots in dirt. Just when I first put it in. The rest floats out.

Got some neat tiny leafed parrots feather in a shallow stream pond, it comes back also. I know that pond ices up. No flow and no fish.

Maybe your 6b is colder than ours. We have had hard freezes on the ponds and it still comes back.
Parrot's Feather
Maybe I should plant it in the ground around the pond. I usually have it in the bog gravel and also stick it in-between some rocks around the pond.

I've noticed Creeping Jenny has a hard time surviving if it's not rooted in soil.

Maybe it's the same for Parrot's Feather.
 

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Maybe I should plant it in the ground around the pond
The pots mine started in are in the pond, just small ex plant pots with kitty litter. Not out in the earth. The litter is maybe 2-4 inches below the water line, depending on which pond.
 

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I don’t know why, but parrots feather is looking kind of pathetic and slow growing this year. Last year it was trying to take over my pond, weird how some years certain plants go crazy. This year it is the creeping Jenny and variegated water celery growing like wildfire.
 

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but parrots feather is looking kind of pathetic and slow growing this year.
Mine is taking over, same as last year. Actually it seems everything is taking over.
 
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Addy was kind enough to share some of her yellow flag iris with me last year. It's now over 6 feet tall! I didn't realize it would grow that large and it's obviously thriving and very impressive. Mine is in a pot in the pond. Thanks Addy.
 
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Mine in the bog needs a chop and control job, prob this fall. I went to do it this spring but the bog was still frozen then never got back to that job. It is just on the back edge of the bog, not really taking over but I control the spread a bit. Love the flowers it bloomed great this year.
 
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I don’t know why, but parrots feather is looking kind of pathetic and slow growing this year. Last year it was trying to take over my pond, weird how some years certain plants go crazy. This year it is the creeping Jenny and variegated water celery growing like wildfire.
Same here. Red stem parrots feather, & I normally have to beat it into submission on a regular basis, but this year I'm begging it to grow. Same for my water celery, although *that* particular problem came from a pesty deer that kept visiting & eating it down to nothing. It's always something, isn't it?
 

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Two of my ponds have disappeared, today I am doing a plant purge, must or they will overflow and the temp outside is beautiful. 44f this am. Parrots feather, water willow, water mint, trim back excess lily leaves, in the small ponds.

Need to purge the bog also. OW the water redirects it self.
 
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Two of my ponds have disappeared, today I am doing a plant purge, must or they will overflow and the temp outside is beautiful. 44f this am. Parrots feather, water willow, water mint, trim back excess lily leaves, in the small ponds.

Need to purge the bog also. OW the water redirects it self.
wouldn't it be quicker if you just started up the kubota, closed your eyes, and put her in gear for one pass????:cool:
 

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wouldn't it be quicker if you just started up the kubota, closed your eyes, and put her in gear for one pass????:cool:
ummm yes but then all the plants would be gone. I do have a bush hog on it that I use along the woods once the bug and bee friendly plants are done blooming.
 
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I also have miniature cat tails in the bog. They are hardy and come back every year.
@poconojoe I wanted to plant miniature cat tails but concerned by people saying how hard it is to get rid of and how crazy it grows. Sounds like you are happy with yours?
 
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@poconojoe I wanted to plant miniature cat tails but concerned by people saying how hard it is to get rid of and how crazy it grows. Sounds like you are happy with yours?
The weird thing is I have never gotten any actual cat tails from these plants!
I got the plants from a friend years ago.
When I built the bog last year, I moved them from pond to the bog.
They haven't been invasive, could just be the variety. I really don't know.
I wish they would grow little cat tails already!
 

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Mine get the cat tails and pop out tons of seeds, I try to cut them of before they go crazy. They are in my hot tub pond, a bit controlled.
 
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Water cress has beyond exploded on me
 
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