Native Plants That Don't Mind Wet Feet

By Jean Nick

As rain gardens and swales designed to retain storm water and wild weather swings with periods of much wetter weather than "normal" become more common, interest in plants that can thrive through dry and wet periods in also increasing. One great way to identify such plants that will thrive in your area is to look at the stream-side and marsh plants in wild areas where water levels rise and fall during the year. An intern at the Mt. Cuba Center (Hockessin, DE) prepared a pretty brochure highlighting some of the attractive native wet-feet-loving plants, shrubs, and trees in the Mid-lantic region, including swamp milkweed, pawpaw, river birch, Gray’s sedge, swamp hibiscus, spicebush, sweet gum, sweet bay magnolia, ostrich fern, scarlet bee balm, lizard's-tail, and skunk cabbage.

Mt. Cuba Center report (5 Aug. 2011).
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