Plants for Freshwater Wetlands & Wet Sites

The following plants may be used to create or enhance freshwater marshes or swamps or to stabilize and enhance streambanks, riverbanks or pond edges.

Remember to match the plants’ growth requirements with the site conditions. Wetness tolerated by these plants is provided in this guide in terms of frequency and duration of soil saturation or inundation (flooding), and depth of standing water.

 
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Aronia melancarpa,  Black Chokeberry  6-12" Bundle of 50 $55.00 Athyrium filix-femina             Southern Lady Fern Eupatorium fistulosum, Joe Pye weed, Trumpetweed Eupatorium hyssopifolium, Hyssop Leaf Boneset
Aronia melancarpa, Black Chokeberry 6-12" Bundle of 50 $55.00Athyrium filix-femina Southern Lady FernEupatorium fistulosum, Joe Pye weed, TrumpetweedEupatorium hyssopifolium, Hyssop Leaf Boneset
 
Eupatorium maculatum, Spotted Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium purpureum, Sweet Joe Pye Weed Eurybia macrophylla, Big Leaved Aster New for 2019! Heliopsis helianthoides, Smooth OxeEye Sunflower
Eupatorium maculatum, Spotted Joe Pye WeedEupatorium purpureum, Sweet Joe Pye WeedEurybia macrophylla, Big Leaved Aster New for 2019!Heliopsis helianthoides, Smooth OxeEye Sunflower
 
Juncus tenuis, path rush, poverty rush Magnolia virginiana 18-24" SweetBay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana 2-3' SweetBay Magnolia Pontaderia cordata, Pickerelweed New for 2019! 50ct minimum
Juncus tenuis, path rush, poverty rushMagnolia virginiana 18-24" SweetBay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana 2-3' SweetBay Magnolia Pontaderia cordata, Pickerelweed New for 2019! 50ct minimum
 
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, Calico aster New for 2019! Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Aromatic aster New for 2019! Dryopteris marginalis                        Evergreen Wood Fern Onoclea sensibilis                                Sensitive Fern
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, Calico aster New for 2019!Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Aromatic aster New for 2019!Dryopteris marginalis Evergreen Wood FernOnoclea sensibilis Sensitive Fern
 
Osmunda cinnamomea                                 Cinnamon Fern Osmunda regalis                                       Royal Fern Pteridium aquilinum, Bracken fern Thelypteris noveboracensis   New York Fern
Osmunda cinnamomea Cinnamon FernOsmunda regalis Royal FernPteridium aquilinum, Bracken fernThelypteris noveboracensis New York Fern
 
Andropogon gerardii   Big Bluestem Calamagrostis canadensis, Canada bluejoint Carex stricta (Tussock sedge) Carex vulpinoidea  Fox sedge
Andropogon gerardii Big Bluestem Calamagrostis canadensis, Canada bluejoint Carex stricta, Tussock sedge, Carex vulpinoidea Fox sedge
 
Carex crinata Fringed sedge Carex lurida, Sallow Sedge Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern sea oats, Indian wood oats Leersia oryzoides, Rice Cut Grass
Carex crinata Fringed sedge Carex lurida, Sallow Sedge Elymus riparious, Riverbank WildryeLeersia oryzoides, Rice Cut Grass
 
Panicum virgatum, Switchgrass Arisaema triphyllum   Jack in the  Pulpit Asclepias  incarnata, Swamp milkweed  Ships Spring 2019 Chelone glabra, White turtlehead, turtlehead
Panicum virgatum, Switchgrass Arisaema triphyllum Jack in the PulpitAsclepias incarnata, Swamp milkweed Ships Spring 2019Chelone glabra, White turtlehead, turtlehead
 
Eupatorium dubium, Joe Pye Weed, Dwarf Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium perfoliatum, Common boneset Helianthus angustifolia, Swamp Sunflower Lobelia cardinalis, Red cardinal flower
Eupatorium dubium, Joe Pye Weed, Dwarf Joe Pye WeedEupatorium perfoliatum, Common bonesetHelianthus angustifolia, Swamp SunflowerLobelia cardinalis, Red cardinal flower
 
Lobelia siphilitica, Great blue lobelia Mertensia virginica, Virginia bluebells Mimulus ringens, Allegheny Monkey Flower Ships Now! Monarda didyma, Bee Balm, Scarlet beebalm
Lobelia siphilitica, Great blue lobeliaMertensia virginica, Virginia bluebellsMimulus ringens, Allegheny Monkey Flower Ships Now!Monarda didyma, Bee Balm, Scarlet beebalm
 
Rudbeckia laciniata, Cutleaf coneflower Saxifraga virginiensis, early saxifrage Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, New England Aster Symphyotrichum novi-belgii  New York Aster
Rudbeckia laciniata, Cutleaf coneflower Saxifraga virginiensis, early saxifrageSymphyotrichum novae-angliae, New England Aster Symphyotrichum novi-belgii New York Aster
 
Kosteletzkya virginica, VA Saltmarsh Mallow Thalictrum thalictrocoides, Rue Anemone Vernonia noveboracensis, New York ironweed Iris versicolor, Blue flag, harlequin blueflag
Kosteletzkya virginica, VA Saltmarsh MallowThalictrum thalictrocoides, Rue AnemoneVernonia noveboracensis, New York ironweedIris versicolor, Blue flag, harlequin blueflag
 
Juncus effusus   Soft Rush, Common Rush Peltandra virginica, Arrow arum, Green arrow arum Sagittaria latifolia, Arrowhead, duck potato Saururus cernuus, Lizard's tail
Juncus effusus Soft Rush, Common Rush Peltandra virginica, Arrow arum, Green arrow arumSagittaria latifolia, Arrowhead, duck potatoSaururus cernuus, Lizard's tail
 
Schoenoplectus validus, Soft stem bulrush, great bulrush Scirpus atrivirens, black or green bulrush Scirpus cyperinus, Woolgrass bulrush, Sparganium americanum, American Bur-reed
Schoenoplectus validus, Soft stem bulrush, great bulrushScirpus atrivirens, black or green bulrush Scirpus cyperinus, Woolgrass bulrush, Sparganium americanum, American Bur-reed
 
Spartina pectinata, Prairie Cordgrass Alnus serrulata    Hazel Alder, Smooth alder   12-18" Cephalanthus occidentalis           Buttonbush   18" Live Stake Cephalanthus occidentalis           Buttonbush   18-24"
Spartina pectinata, Prairie Cordgrass Alnus serrulata Hazel Alder, Smooth alder 12-18"Cephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush 18" Live StakeCephalanthus occidentalis Buttonbush 18-24"
 
Cornus amomum, Silky Dogwood   12-18" Cornus amomum, Silky Dogwood    12" Live stake Lindera benzoin, Northern Spicebush   12-18" Aronia melancarpa,  Black Chokeberry  12-18"
Cornus amomum, Silky Dogwood 12-18"Cornus amomum, Silky Dogwood 12" Live stakeLindera benzoin, Northern Spicebush 12-18"Aronia melancarpa, Black Chokeberry 12-18"
 
Aronia arbutifolia   Red Chokeberry  12-18" Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, Common elderberry   12-18" Sambucus nigra (canadensis), Common elderberry   12" Live stake Viburnum dentatum,   Southern Arrowwood   12-18"
Aronia arbutifolia Red Chokeberry 12-18"Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, Common elderberry 12-18"Sambucus nigra (canadensis), Common elderberry 12" Live stakeViburnum dentatum, Southern Arrowwood 12-18"
 
Acer negundo, Box Elder Maple 18-24" Acer rubrum, Red Maple   12-18" Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple   18-24" Betula nigra, River Birch    18-24"
Acer negundo, Box Elder Maple 18-24"Acer rubrum, Red Maple 12-18"Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple 18-24"Betula nigra, River Birch 18-24"
 
Carpinus caroliniana, American Hornbeam   18-24" Celtis occidentalis, Hackberry   18-24" Liquidambar styraciflua Sweet Gum  18-24" Magnolia virginiana 12-18" SweetBay Magnolia
Carpinus caroliniana, American Hornbeam 18-24"Celtis occidentalis, Hackberry 18-24"Liquidambar styraciflua Sweet Gum 18-24"Magnolia virginiana 12-18" SweetBay Magnolia
 
Nyssa sylvatica, Black Gum   18-24" Platanus occidentalis, American Sycamore   18-24" Populus deltoides, Eastern Cottonwood 18-24" Quercus bicolor, Swamp White Oak   18-24"
Nyssa sylvatica, Black Gum 18-24"Platanus occidentalis, American Sycamore 18-24" Populus deltoides, Eastern Cottonwood 18-24"Quercus bicolor, Swamp White Oak 18-24"
 
Quercus michauxii, Swamp Chestnut Oak   18-24" Quercus nigra, Water Oak  18-24" Quercus palustris, Pin Oak  18-24" Quercus phellos,  Willow Oak  18-24"
Quercus michauxii, Swamp Chestnut Oak 18-24"Quercus nigra, Water Oak 18-24"Quercus palustris, Pin Oak 18-24"Quercus phellos, Willow Oak 18-24"
 
Salix sericea  Silky Willow   18-24" Salix sericea  Silky Willow  12" Live Stake Salix nigra, Black Willow    18-24" Salix nigra, Black willow    12" Live stake
Salix sericea Silky Willow 18-24"Salix sericea Silky Willow 12" Live Stake Salix nigra, Black Willow 18-24"Salix nigra, Black willow 12" Live stake
 
Taxodium distichum, Bald Cypress  18-24"
Taxodium distichum, Bald Cypress 18-24"
 
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