Plants for Wetlands

Many landowners have areas on their property that are considered wetlands or could be made into a wetland.  However, most are not familiar with the type of trees and shrubs which thrive in that type of environment. For a complete guide to creating a wetland on your property, listen to the audio podcast of this topic which is available for premium members.  Not a premium member, join now.

Native Trees Tolerant of Wet Soils

  • Red and Silver Maple
  • River Birch
  • Catalpa
  • Ash
  • Cottonwood
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Sycamore

Native Shrubs Tolerant of Wet Soils

  • Red Osler Dogwood
  • Leatherwood
  • Winterberry
  • Inkberry
  • Pussy Willow
  • Shrubby cinquefoil

Native Herbaceous and Flowering Plants for Sunny Moist or Boggy Conditions

  • Cattails
  • Joe-Pye Weed
  • Great Blue Iobella
  • Ironweed
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Goldenrods
  • Marsh Marigold
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Gentian spp.

Native Herbaceous and Flowering Plants for Shady Moist or Boggy Conditions

  • Bee Balm
  • Arrowhead
  • False Hellebore
  • Turtlehead
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Royal fern
  • Netted Chain Fern
  • Jack in the Pulpit
  • Cinnamon Fern
  • Shield Ferns
  • Lady Ferns

True Bog Plants Requiring Low pH and Sun

  • Sundews
  • Butterworts
  • Pitcher plants

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