What Can I Plant Here?

Cheryl(USDA9/Sunset14)May 3, 2004

Hello all,

I have an area that stays almost constantly wet. Plus, it's under a leaky faucet used for the garden hose. It gets a little sun in the morning and full afternoon sun.

I planted a calla lily there that succombed to soft rot. I was really bummed.

Do you know what I can grow here? I have been reading about elephant ears as a possibility. If I put an established elephant ears plant, do you think it would rot?

The house is in a very marshy area. I had a stamped concrete patio put in the back yard. The contractor had no idea where all the water was "coming from" when he kept trying to lay the gravel.

I hope to tap into your expertise.

Thanks for the help!


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I would love to have an area that stayed wet all year! If I did I would plant Peltiphyllum peltatum(indian rhubarb) a truly beautiful CA native that loves wet. I was just at the Stybing Arboreteum/Botanical GArdens in Golden Gate Park and the CA native area has a beautiful brook running thru it planted with bog and streamside plants. There is a beautiful stand of P. peltatum, plus lots of equisetum, sedges, cattails, tules (if I remember correctly). not sure where you could buy it. But the Arboreteum has aplant sale coming up I believe. Here is another source for wetland/bog plants.


Here is a link that might be useful: Freshwater farms

    Bookmark   May 7, 2004 at 12:55AM
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Thank you so much Claire! I will look into those. Lots of internet research ahead. =)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2004 at 7:02PM
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I would try taro's or variants of the elephant ear. They love boggy conditions though they dont like full sun. Filtered light yes. Also day lilies love to be wet and sun. Really it dpends on what you are trying to accomplish. You want height or something smaller and bushy or thin and elegant....

Many choices for wet areas. Here is one useful site though I have many:


    Bookmark   May 31, 2004 at 12:31AM
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