Native plants for wet 3/4 sun flooded part time

learn2turn(6)August 18, 2012

I have wetlands behind my house that normal would flood several weeks to a month or two a year, but only a few inches deep. It was treed until the beaver built a dam and it had a 1-1.5 feet of standing water for a year or two. Now the trees have died. The town is removing the beaver so I'll soon have a wet area, flooded a few inches a month or two a year that will get almost full sun. I want to plant some NATIVE plants that are attractive. I'm in Massachusetts just barely into zone 6. The plants have to survive a few inches of flooding part of the year and will always be wet and will get 3/4 sun, maybe more in some spots, maybe less in some spots.


I already have tons of Lobelia cardinalis.

I already ordered some Hibiscus moscheutos.

Some ideas I have are--

Swamp Milkweed

Blue Flag Iris

Joe Pye Weed

There is some arrow arum and skunk cabbage already in the area to give you and idea how wet it is.

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New York Ironweed, Helenium autumnale, Amelanchior (sp?). These might be more for the edge, a little drier...

Monkeyflower (mimulus), chelone glabra,chelone lyonii, maybe Turks cap lily?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 9:31PM
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I'm interested in this, I'm afraid to try anything else but I heard that plants meant for wet, boggy areas still can die at first as they need "Acclimated" to the conditions.. which confuses me to no end... I was focused more on trees or something for privacy, but I lost them due to rot?? The ones meant for swamps... Let me know how it goes..


    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 8:49PM
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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)


Do you have any interest in trees and shrubs?

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 1:44PM
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Interested in herbaceous flowering plants. I ended up buying some seed and started some flats, they are out side getting their few months of cold time.

Swamp Milkweed
Northern Blue Flag Iris
Obedient Plant
Turtle Head
Sweet Joe Pye Weed
Hibiscus Laevis

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 7:08AM
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I have a similar problem. How about Marsh Marigold? There is a native version of Water Arum (Calla Pallustris) I got from Prairie Moon. Jewel Weed in the more shaded spots? Sensitive fern.

This post was edited by edlincoln on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 10:45

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 10:44AM
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