Native Wetland Plants

Native plants are always the best choice for use in landscapes, restoration projects, storm water projects, and naturalized areas. Aquascapes Unlimited’s seed sown local ecotype species add natural wildlife benefits, promote biodiversity, and oftentimes require less maintenance in terms of fertilizers and pesticides. Plug trays can be shipped via UPS.

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Botanical Name     Common Name
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Acorus americana

Acorus americana

Common Name: Sweetflag

Sweetflag has aromatic foliage, similar to Iris in shape, yet unpalatable to geese and deer. It spreads moderately from a thick rhizome forming a dense mat along pond shores and stream banks. Provides bold vertical accent in f...


Alisma plantago-aquatica

Alisma plantago-aquatica

Common Name: Water Plantain

This clump forming seed colonizer thrives in permanently inundated quiet water. It becomes recognizable early in the growing season with its submerged strap like foliage, then emerges to stand 2-4' above the surface with dark green...


Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon gerardii

Common Name: Big Blue Stem
The tallest American member of the Andropogon genus, Big Blue Stem forms sturdy upright clumps of narrow blades standing 6' tall. Prefers slightly moist soils but surprisingly drought tolerant once established. The lushy blue-green summer foliage tra...

Andropogon glomeratus

Andropogon glomeratus

Common Name: Bushy Beard
The only moisture loving Andropogon, Bushy Beard is usually found growing in low lying marshes and swamps of the eastern coastal plain of the United States. A narrow blue/green leaf in the summer followed by a glowing coppery color for Fall & Winter....

Andropogon virginicus

Andropogon virginicus

Common Name: Broomsedge
Common in the Northeast, this native clumping warm season grass grows best in relatively infertile soil conditions which makes it a great choice for the dry compacted banks of storm water basins. Growing about 4' tall in full sun, the coppery glow co...

Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

Common Name: Swamp Milkweed

A decorative and essential perennial to any moist full sun habitat, pale pink blossoms explode with color from late June thru August. Standing 2-4’ tall Asclepias is a primary food and nectar source for monarchs and many bene...


Aster novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae

Common Name: New England Aster

One of the most attractive and common aster that thrives in moist full sun meadows. From mid August-October, New England Aster produces numerous flowers ranging in color from pale lavender to deep purple, standing 3-6’ tall. Typically deer r...


Aster novi-belgii

Aster novi-belgii

Common Name: New York Aster

With slightly smaller blue flowers that New England Aster, New York Aster thrives in a more permanently moist habitat. This deer resistant PA rare plant spreads slowly via rhizome and is at home in open full sun meadows.

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Aster puniceus

Aster puniceus

Common Name: Purple Stemmed Aster

This common naturalizer of wetlands, stream banks and moist meadows, bares pale blue to pink flowers from mid August-October. Deer resistant and tough, give this plant some room to spread.

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Calamagrostis canadensis

Calamagrostis canadensis

Common Name: Cananda Bluejoint

One of our cool season grasses found growing strong and well along pond shores and in open wet meadows of New England. It forms slender inflorescence in June which hold well into the fall growing season.

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Caltha palustris

Caltha palustris

Common Name: Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold is one of the earliest blooming spring ephemerals in a wetland. Its heart shaped foliage emerges in March and almost over night is topped with bright yellow butter cup like flowers which last thru May. Marsh Marigold...


Carex comosa

Carex comosa

Common Name: Bristly Sedge

This member of the sedge family has a bristly bloom that acts like Velcro. It stands from 1-2 ½’ tall with wide light green foliage. It prefers full sun but will tolerate part shade and spreads slowly. Great food sourc...


Carex crinita

Carex crinita

Common Name: Fringed Sedge

Very common sedge of cooler northern climates is also right at home here in southeast PA, commonly found in partial to deep shade. Its foliage is semi fine textured and blue-green in color. Drooping sedge is named for its slender d...


Carex grayi

Carex grayi

Common Name: Gray's Sedge

This clump forming bold textured sedge has medium green foliage and a decorative seed head resembling medieval weaponry. It is commonly found in shady moist habitat and is perfect for a woodland water garden.

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Carex hystercinia

Carex hystercinia

Common Name: Porcupine Sedge

Named for its spiky seed head which resembles a porcupine, Carex hystercinia spreads moderately from short rhizomes in full sun to partial shade. Its foliage is light green in color and blooms in early spring. Grows to 1-2...


Carex intumescens

Carex intumescens

Common Name: Bladder Sedge

Some what similar looking to Carex grayi, this species is found growing in shady bottomland hardwood forests, Its bold textured foliage stands 1-2' tall.

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Carex lacustris

Carex lacustris

Common Name: Lank Bank Sedge

This rapidly spreading rhizomatous plant is a great soil stabilizer in full sun. It has very upright blue-green foliage and blooms in early to mid summer. Grows 1-2’ tall.

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Carex lupulina

Carex lupulina

Common Name: Hop Sedge

The hop sedge is a tall shade tolerant sedge that has similar, but longer seed heads than Carex intumescens. Its clump forming erect stature makes this sedge a nice accent in a shady woodland water garden. Grows 3-4’ tall.


Carex lurida

Carex lurida

Common Name: Lurid Sedge

This versatile lower growing sedge forms dense tufted colonies in full sun and loose patches in the shade. A great plant for soil stabilization along pond and stream banks. Blooms in early summer and can grow up to 3’ tall, but typically sta...


Carex muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis

Common Name: Musk Sedge

Found in moist meadows and along streams, this decorative sedge resembles miniature palm trees. It slowly spreads via a short rhizome to form a fine textured colony in part shade to full sun. Will grow up to 2’ tall and is su...


Carex scoparia

Carex scoparia

Common Name: Pointed Broom Sedge

Blunt Broom Sedge is an attractive clumping sedge with fine textured foliage. Carex scoparia grows 1-2’ tall and provides great food and cover for song birds in wet meadow habitats. Blunt Broom Sedge blooms from late June until the end of Ju...


Carex stricta

Carex stricta

Common Name: Tussock Sedge

One of the most elegant, fine textured sedges, Tussock sedge gracefully arches giving it the appearance of fountain grass. It will form dense tussocks rising above the water line. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and stands 1-3’ tall....


Carex vulpinoidea

Carex vulpinoidea

Common Name: Fox Sedge

Aptly named for its fox tail like seed head, the Fox sedge is a tough versatile plant that lends itself well to most wetland restoration projects. Like Tussock sedge, Fox sedge has fine textured arching foliage and stands between 1...


Cephalanthus occidentalis

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name: Buttonbush

Buttonbush is one of the most important native shrubs for helping to preserve water quality and for enhancing wildlife habitat. Their extensive, fibrous root system pulls nutrients out of water and the water's edge. Buttonbush usua...


Chasmanthium latifolium

Chasmanthium latifolium

Common Name: Northern Sea Oats

Despite its name, this inland species has nothing to do with the ocean. It grows well in a variety of soils with varying moisture levels. This 4' clumping warm season grass with boldly textured green foliage is valued for its green...


Chelone glabra

Chelone glabra

Common Name: White Turtle Head

A deer resistant perennial perfect for shaded or woodland gardens with moist soil, the White Turtle Head adds striking white snap-dragon like flowers to your garden during the late summer & early Fall when color may be lacking from many other ...


Cinna arundinacea

Cinna arundinacea

Common Name: Wood Reedgrass

A strong competitor against Japanese Stilt Grass, the attractive Wood Reedgrass grows well in fertile moist soil with light shade or dappled sunlight. Most growth occurs during the Summer reaching 3-5' tall and works well as scattered individual p...


Cyperus esculenta

Cyperus esculenta

Common Name: Nut Sedge

Often mistaken as a grass, the Nutsedge has light green to yellow shiny leaves which arise in groups of 3 from the base of the plant and taper gradually to a pointed tip. The 3 sided stem looks like a triangle when viewed as a cros...


Decodon verticillata

Decodon verticillata

Common Name: Water Willow

This perennial herb has a woody base at the bottom of its arching leafy stems. It is often found on the edges of standing water, lazy streams or marshy swamps. Growing from the stalks are dense clusters of showy pink/purple bell shaped flowers whi...


Dulichium arundinaceum

Dulichium arundinaceum

Common Name: Three Way Sedge

One of the easier to identify sedges, you can look straight down on the plant and see the leaves growing in ranks of three. The upright stems growing 2-3' tall are quite at home in moist areas including swamps, pond edges, standing...


Eleocharis acicularis

Eleocharis acicularis

Common Name: Least Spikerush

Least Spike Rush also known as Needle Spike Rush is a perennial with smooth round solid stems which form an oval spike flower on the tips. Just under 1' tall, it can be grown individually or in nice tight clusters along shorelines ...


Eleocharis obtusa

Eleocharis obtusa

Common Name: Spike Rush

Spike Rush is typically one of the first colonizers of a freshly dug storm water basin or pond. it forms attractive lime green clumps 1' tall topped with a blunt dark brown seed head in mid summer. This fine textured pioneer has the look of fibero...


Eleocharis palustris

Eleocharis palustris

Common Name: Creeping Spike Rush

Creeping Spike Rush is a perennial colonizer which forms a dense root mass along pond shores creeping out into 4-6" of water. Sometimes mistaken for a grass, the Creeping Spike Rush forms nice tight clusters of green individual culms just abo...


Eleocharis quadrangulata

Eleocharis quadrangulata

Common Name: Four Square Rush

This PA endangered plant has a distinct four sided stem which is dark green in color. With an elegant simplicity, this 2-3' tall rush grows in sunny to part shade areas with permanent inundation including marshy shorelines and pond...


Elymus hystrix

Elymus hystrix

Common Name: Bottle Brush Grass

Bottle Brush Grass grows in a wide range of soil conditions including heavy clay with dry to medium hydrology. It can take a variety of light conditions from full sun to part shade. It grows 2-3' tall forming fairly loose upright t...


Elymus riparius

Elymus riparius

Common Name: River Bank Wild Rye

Aptly named for its utility when doing stream bank or riverbank rehabilitation, this perennial cool season grass is good for erosion control in moist areas. Its 4' tall dark green foliage actively grows in the Spring and Summer. Although only a mo...


Elymus virginicus

Elymus virginicus

Common Name: Virginia Wild Rye

A versatile shade tolerant warm season grass which grows just over 3' tall and offers great perennial competition against Japanese Stiltgrass. Its graceful arching seed heads are tan in color and have a good long winter persistence. It grows well ...


Equisetum fluviatile

Equisetum fluviatile

Common Name: Water Horsetail

Water Horsetail is a fairly slender medium-sized Equisetum growing 1-2' tall in dense dark green colonies along shorelines and shallow water. Although lacking true leaves or flowers, the upright stems add a nice vertical accent to ...


Equisetum hyemale

Equisetum hyemale

Common Name: Horsetail

Horsetail spreads from creeping rhizomes in an extremely wide range of soils from full sun to part shade. Growing 3-5' tall in dense dark green colonies this is a great choice for moist low spots where nothing else will grow. Although lacking true...


Equisetum scirpoides

Equisetum scirpoides

Common Name: Dwarf Horsetail

Dwarf Horsetail is a slender small-sized Equisetum growing less than 1foot tall in dense dark green colonies along shorelines and shallow water. Although lacking true leaves or flowers, the upright stems add a nice shorter vertical accent to horiz...


Eryngium aquaticum

Eryngium aquaticum

Common Name: Marsh Rattlesnake-master, Sea Holly

The Marsh Rattlesnake-master is an attractive silver blue flowering perennial that is widely underused. Eryngium aquaticum stands 3-4’ tall and blooms in mid to late summer. Marsh Rattlesnake-master’s silver green foliage in combo with...


Eupatorium fistulosum

Eupatorium fistulosum

Common Name: Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed is a 6-8' tall yet graceful plant which prefers moist areas and has a tolerance for a variety of soils. A staple in any rain garden or butterfly garden this plant will attract loads of beautiful butterflies and pollina...


Eupatorium perfoliatum

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Common Name: Boneset

Boneset is one of the most widespread of our native wetland wildflowers. It prefers wet to damp areas. While tolerant of flooding, it is not usually found growing in water, but is very common on banks and wet meadows. The average height is about&n...


Glyceria canadensis

Glyceria canadensis

Common Name: Canada Manna Grass

This handsome rhizomatous perennial grass thrives in moist areas and is perfect for wet meadows. Growing 2' tall & flowering in the summer with numerous spikelets arranged in open panicles up to 1 foot long.

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Glyceria striata

Glyceria striata

Common Name: Fowl Manna Grass

Fowl Mannagrass can be found in marshes, wet banks, damp woods, and occasionally in shallow water. An unassuming green native perennial grass growing 2–3' tall in full sun to part shade.

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Helianthus angustifolius

Helianthus angustifolius

Common Name: Swamp Sunflower

This narrow leaf perennial sunflower will thrive in moist soil with full sun to part shade. Fairly inconspicuous fine textured attractive dark green leaves with maroon stems for most of the growing season, but eventually grows...


Heliopsis helianthoides

Heliopsis helianthoides

Common Name: Ox-eye Sunflower

The Ox-eye Sunflower blooms with a multitude of seemingly never ending yellow Daisy-like blossoms. This native to the Northern Plains grows 2-4' tall and blooms July thru September. This prairie wildflower does well in most soils in full sun, but ...


Heteranthera reniformis

Heteranthera reniformis

Common Name: Floating Leaf Mud Plantain

Pleasant bright green glossy almost kidney-shaped leaves grow on sprawling stems with delicate light blue flowers during Summer and early Fall.  Well suited for use in small ponds and water gardens.

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Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos

Common Name: Swamp Rose Mallow

This fast growing cold-hardy perennial wetland plant is striking when grown in colonies in average to moist soil in wetlands, on pond edges and along streams. Growing 4-6' tall in full sun this plant is very useful in projects when moisture levels...


Hippuris vulgaris

Hippuris vulgaris

Common Name: Mare's Tail

Mare's Tail has the appearance of a pleasant green bottlebrush growing in patches found primarily in the shallow areas of ponds, lakes, streams or any wet muddy shore where water levels fluctuate. The flowers are inconspicuous and the leaves and s...


Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

Common Name: Pennywort

This quick colonizer produces a nice thick mass of scalloped 2-inch leaves growing from running rhizomes in full sun to part shade. The Pennywort has relatively insignificant small powder puff whitish flowers and grows to a height of a mere 4&rdqu...


Iris fulva

Iris fulva

Common Name: Copper Iris

Arching bright green leaves growing from shallowly rooted compact rhizomes that can form large clumps makes this the perfect plant for moist to wet soils in full sun but also tolerating part shade. Also grows well in sites with wet...


Iris prismatica

Iris prismatica

Common Name: Blue Iris

Similar to the Iris versicolor except for the narrower leaves, this hardy lakeshore perennial herb is typically found in the shallow water such as edges of ponds, sedge meadows, marshes, along stream banks and in forested moist soi...


Iris versicolor

Iris versicolor

Common Name: Blue Flag Iris

A hardy lakeshore perennial herb typically found in the shallow water such as edges of ponds, sedge meadows, marshes, along stream banks and in forested moist soil wetlands. Blue Flag Iris forms sword-like foliage 2-3' tall growing from thick cree...


Juncus canadensis

Juncus canadensis

Common Name: Canada Rush

The Canada Rush grows well in swampy meadows; boggy sites, and pond margins. Growing from 1-2' tall, the inflorescence branches from a single point on the stem from July to October turning from yellow to brown as the season progres...


Juncus effusus

Juncus effusus

Common Name: Soft Rush

Soft rush is a striking perennial wetland plant that grows up to 3' tall in full sun to part shade. The bright green cylindrical stems are fairly soft and taper to a bristle and remain green well into the winter. This clump forming perennial adds ...


Juncus gerardii

Juncus gerardii

Common Name: Saltmeadow Rush

Saltmeadow rush is a perennial wetland plant that grows on tide lines and along waterways from vigorous rhizomes forming small upright stands just over 1' tall. The rigid stems rise from spreading rhizomes making it a won...


Justicia americana

Justicia americana

Common Name: Water Willow

The Water Willow grows from creeping rhizomes in large dense colonies submerged along the shorelines of lakes, ponds, and standing water. The hardiest of the Justicia species, the Water willow grows 1-2' tall above the water and pr...


Leersia orysoides

Leersia orysoides

Common Name: Rice Cut Grass

This rhizomatous perennial grass grows from 2-4' tall. The leaves a very rough minutely toothed edge that makes it unpalatable to many herbivore mammals. The inflorescence is a somewhat loose, open array of hair like branches beari...


Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Common Name: Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower is a relatively short-lived herbaceous perennial that grows in nice clumps from 2-3' tall and less than 1' in diameter. The stems and leaves have a soft purplish tint with a striking red flower head which creates a ...


Lobelia syphilitica

Lobelia syphilitica

Common Name: Great Blue Lobelia

Great Blue Lobelia is an herbaceous perennial that grows in nice clumps from 1-3' tall. The upright stems produce a striking blue flower head which creates a wonderful flush of color along the edge of a pond, water garden, stream b...


Ludwigia palustris

Ludwigia palustris

Common Name: Marsh Purslane

A creeping aquatic perennial that grows along shorelines, in shallow water, and moist soils. The leaves are highly variable in color, from green to slightly red-tinged or entirely red with hints of purple. Inconspicuous flowers but...


Menyanthes trifoliata

Menyanthes trifoliata

Common Name: Bog Bean

The Bogbean grows in spongy bogs, marshes and shallow water along pond edges. Its fleshy green leaves pop out of the water giving way to a perfect little white flowers with tiny elegant hairs from May to July. A wonderful colonizer...


Mimulus ringens

Mimulus ringens

Common Name: Monkey Flower

Monkey Flower produces deep to pale blue to lavender colored flowers with an attractive yellow center. It's named for the flower's resemblance to a monkey's face. The flowers are about an inch across and produced in mass, making th...


Orontium aquaticum

Orontium aquaticum

Common Name: Golden Club

Commonly known as "Golden Club", this striking aquatic plant has bright yellow flower clusters (spadix) at the tips. Blooming in April, it is one of the first plants to welcome Spring. The tropical-looking plant is actually quite c...


Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum

Common Name: Panic Grass

Panic grass is a colonizing perennial grass that grows in large clumps 3-6' tall with sturdy, flat, glossy leaf blades. When used in prairies and bottomland sites, switchgrass develops long rhizomes that grow horizontally to interl...


Peltandra virginica

Peltandra virginica

Common Name: Arrow Arum

Arrow Arum grows in still or slow moving waters of ponds, swamps, marshes, and the banks of streams. The remarkable broad arrow headed leaves reach 2-4' tall in full sun to shade. Unassuming yet unique tiny flowers grow in a slende...


Phyla lanceolata

Phyla lanceolata

Common Name: Northern Frog Fruit

Northern Frogfruit is found in wet soils and is particularly common in moist forests, stream banks, and along the shores of rivers and lakes. Its square stem grows from 6"-2'.  The small white flowers circle around a globular flower head maki...


Physostegia virginiana

Physostegia virginiana

Common Name: Obedient Plant

Obedient Plant gets its name from an unusual trait; when you turn the flowers by pushing them sideways, they stay there. Pink forms are more common, but a white form is shown here. The plant's maximum height is around 4 feet. Flowe...


Polygonum amphibium

Polygonum amphibium

Common Name: Water Smartweed

Water Smartweed is a sprawling perennial with willow-like leaves, reddish stems, and clusters of small flowers found in shallow water along the margins of lakes, ponds, and streams. The rhizomes form brilliant patches of manageable...


Pontedaria cordata

Pontedaria cordata

Common Name: Pickerelweed

Pickerelweed is a common sight in quiet fresh water areas. Shallow water is the usual habitat for this beautiful species. The native forms are usually shades of blue-purple, but we also have the uncommon white form. Pickerelweed fl...


Proserpinaca palustris

Proserpinaca palustris

Common Name: Water Mermaid

Water mermaid is a native perennial found in swamps, marshes, shores, and  ephemeral woodland ponds. When above the waterline, the plant exhibits leaves that resemble rosemary with serrated edges. When submerged, Water mermaid...


Ranunculus flammula

Ranunculus flammula

Common Name: Creeping Spearwort

Creeping Spearwort is found in wet soils and is particularly common in moist forests, stream banks, and along the shores of rivers, ponds and lakes. This low growing perennial produces buttercup-like flowers from May to July. This ...


Rosa palustris

Rosa palustris

Common Name: Swamp Rose

Swamp rose prefers moist, acidic habitats such as bogs, swamps, the edges of ponds and lakes or any poorly drained wet soil. This hardy rose is favored for its 2" fragrant pink flowers which offer nectar to bees and butterflies dur...


Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia hirta

Common Name: Black Eyed Susan

Green Headed Coneflower grows in moist soils in rich woodlands, thickets or along streams and next to ponds in full sun to part shade. Although it tolerates hot and humid summers quite well, it will not do well in severe drought conditions. This n...


Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia laciniata

Common Name: Green-headed Coneflower

Green Headed Coneflower grows in moist soils in rich woodlands, thickets or along streams and next to ponds in full sun to part shade. Although it tolerates hot and humid summers quite well, it will not do well in severe drought conditions. This n...


Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba

Common Name: Brown Eyed Susan

Green Headed Coneflower grows in moist soils in rich woodlands, thickets or along streams and next to ponds in full sun to part shade. Although it tolerates hot and humid summers quite well, it will not do well in severe drought conditions. This n...


Sagittaria graminea

Sagittaria graminea

Common Name: Grass Leaf Arrowhead

Grass Leaf Arrowhead is found in swamps, bogs, marshes, and shallow waters in both mud and sandy soils. The arrow-shaped long thin foliage grows to 2' tall above the water line in sun to partial shade with small white flowers in mi...


Sagittaria latifolia

Sagittaria latifolia

Common Name: Duck Potatoe

The Duck potato is a vigorous aquatic perennial that typically grows 2-4’ tall. Known for its arrowhead-shaped leaves, it commonly grows submerged in shallow water or out of water on wet muddy banks, sloughs, swamps, marshes ...


Saururus cernuus

Saururus cernuus

Common Name: Lizard's Tail

A colonizing perennial with fibrous rhizomes which grows along the edges of ponds, swamps and marshes in sun to part shade. The distinctive heart-shaped leaves grow above the water 2-4' tall. The curved raceme of the flower is line...


Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium scoparium

Common Name: Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem is a warm season, clump forming plant which prefers full sun and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. Its green foliage grows 4' tall and flowers from July to September. The purplish/bronze flowers rise above ...


Scirpus acutus

Scirpus acutus

Common Name: Hard Stem Bulrush

Hard Stem Bulrush is a rhizomatous species that forms dense colonies that provide wonderful cover for waterfowl and spawning fish. Scirpus acutus will grow from 0-1’ of water and is used to stabilize pond edges. With its height reac...


Scirpus americanum

Scirpus americanum

Common Name: Three Square Rush

Three Square Rush is a rhizomatous species that forms loose colonies growing 3-4’ tall. Scirpus americana has a medium spread rate and is a great stabilizer of pond banks and river banks. Three Square Rush provides excellent cover for water ...


Scirpus atrovirens

Scirpus atrovirens

Common Name: Green Bulrush

Green Bulrush is a broad leaf rush common to wet meadows and swales. Scirpus atrovirens thrives in full sun to partial and blooms from mid June to late July with attractive dark brown almost black inflorescence. Green Bulrush provides goo...


Scirpus cyperinus

Scirpus cyperinus

Common Name: Woolgrass

Wool Grass gets its name from its fluffy ornamental inflorescence which stands at 4-5’and blooms from late July to early September. Scirpus cyperinus is a clump forming fine textured broad leaf rush that is common in wet meadows, on...


Scirpus fluviatilis

Scirpus fluviatilis

Common Name: River Bulrush

River Bulrush is a rhizomatous species that forms very large colonies rather quickly. Its thick stems stand 5-7’ tall and blooms in late July to mid August. Scirpus fluviatilis provides excellent nesting habitat for water fowl and c...


Scirpus tabermontanii

Scirpus tabermontanii

Common Name: Soft Stem Bulrush

Soft Stem Bulrush is a rhizomatous species that forms dense colonies and provides excellent cover for water fowl and spawning fish. It grows 4-5’ tall and blooms in June-July. Scirpus tabernaemontani is commonly used for soil stabil...


Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Common Name: Blue Eyed Grass

Blue Eyed Grass grows in moist, well-drained soil in damp open woods, slopes, and along stream banks in full sun to part shade. Despite its grass-like foliage, the Blue Eyed Grass belongs to the iris family and not the grass family...


Solidago rugosa

Solidago rugosa

Common Name: Wrinkled Leaf Goldenrod

This spectacular member of the Aster family explodes with yellow color to bring a naturalized brilliance to any wetland restoration project. The spectacular golden colors from this hardy native perennial seem to welcome in the Fall...


Sorghastrum nutans

Sorghastrum nutans

Common Name: Indian Grass

Indiangrass is widely used in large scale roadside plantings, revegetation projects, prairie restorations, and many different types of erosion control projects because it grows well on disturbed sites and produces abundant seeds. A...


Sparganium americanum

Sparganium americanum

Common Name: Lesser Bur-Reed

There are several native species of this distinctive native plant. Though looking like grasses or sedges, they are neither; being in their own family (Sparganiaceae). Sparganium americanum is smaller, reaching about two feet. The G...


Sparganium eurycarpum

Sparganium eurycarpum

Common Name: Greater Bur-Reed

Not only are these plants good for providing food and habitat for wildlife, these plants are also extremely useful for improving & maintaining water quality by absorbing nutrients and stabilizing waterlogged areas. Growing 6-7'...


Typha angustifolia

Typha angustifolia

Common Name: Narrow Leaf Cattails

Cattails are one of the most important native wetland plants, providing wildlife habitat, improving water quality and providing food for wildlife. In fact, Euell Gibbons called Cattails the "Supermarket of the Swamps". Native Ameri...


Typha latifolia

Typha latifolia

Common Name: Broad Leaf Cattails

Cattails are one of the most important native wetland plants, providing wildlife habitat, improving water quality and providing food for wildlife. In fact, Euell Gibbons called Cattails the "Supermarket of the Swamps". Native Ameri...


Verbena hastata

Verbena hastata

Common Name: Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain can be found in a variety if habitats including moist prairies & meadows, floodplain woodlands, moist thickets, along borders of rivers and ponds, marshes, moist basins and ditches. It will easily adapt to disturbe...


Vernonia noveboracensis

Vernonia noveboracensis

Common Name: Ironweed

Ironweed prefers rich, moist soils but it tolerates a wide range of soils making it great plant to use in naturalized areas or meadows looking for a subtle dab of purple bloom from its numerous tiny, fluffy, purple flowers late sum...


Zizania aquatica

Zizania aquatica

Common Name: Wild Rice

This native grass found in marshes, pond edges, lakes, and rivers has an extremely branched inflorescence which produces edible grains for humans and wildlife. Although this plant grows 8-10' tall, the shallow roots are slender and...


Zizia aurea

Zizia aurea

Common Name: Golden Alexanders

Golden Alexander is a native perennial which is found growing in small colonies in moist woods and meadows, swamps, thickets, riverbanks and prairies. Growing 1-2' tall in nice tight clumps about 12" in diameter, the dark green&nbs...