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

Acorus americana, native sweetflag, has aromatic foliage, similar to Iris in shape, yet unpalatable to geese and deer. Sweetflag spreads moderately from a thick rhizome forming a dense mat along pond shores and strea...


Alisma plantago-aquatica

Alisma plantago-aquatica

Common Name: Water plantain

Alisma plantago-aquatica, water plantain, is a clump forming seed colonizer which thrives in permanently inundated quiet water. Water plantain becomes recognizable early in the growing season with its submerged ...


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. Andropogon gerardii prefers slightly moist soils but is surprisingly drought tolerant once established. The lus...


Andropogon glomeratus

Andropogon glomeratus

Common Name: Bushy beard

The only moisture loving Andropogon glomeratus, bushy beard, is usually found growing in low lying marshes and swamps of the eastern coastal plain of the United States. Andropogon glomeratus is a narrow blue/green leaf in the summer followed ...


Andropogon virginicus

Andropogon virginicus

Common Name: Broomsedge

Common in the Northeast, Andropogon virginicus, broomsedge, is a native clumping warm season grass that grows best in relatively infertile soil conditions which makes it a great choice for the dry compacted banks of stormwater basin...


Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata

Common Name: Swamp milkweed

Asclepias incarnata, Swamp milkweed, is 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 incarnat...


Aster novae-angliae

Aster novae-angliae

Common Name: New England aster

Aster novae-angliae, New England aster, is one of the most attractive and common asters that thrives in moist full sun meadows. From mid August through October, New England aster produces numerous flowers ranging in color from pale lavender t...


Aster novi-belgii

Aster novi-belgii

Common Name: New York aster

Aster novi-belgii, New york aster, with slightly smaller blue flowers than New England aster, thrives in a more permanently moist habitat. Aster novi-belgii is a deer resistant PA rare plant that spreads slowly via rhizomes an...


Aster puniceum

Aster puniceum

Common Name: Purple stemmed aster

Aster puniceum, Purple stemmed aster, is a common naturalizer of wetlands, stream banks and moist meadows.  Purplestem aster bares pale blue to pink flowers from mid August through October. Deer resistant and to...


Calamagrostis canadensis

Calamagrostis canadensis

Common Name: Cananda bluejoint

Calamagrostis canadensis, Canada bluejoint,  is one of our cool season grasses. Canada bluejoint is found growing strong along pond shores and in open wet meadows of New England. It forms slender inflorescence in June whi...


Caltha palustris

Caltha palustris

Common Name: Marsh marigold

Caltha palustris, Marsh marigold, is one of the earliest blooming spring ephemerals in a wetland. Marsh marigold's heart shaped shiny foliage emerges in March and almost overnight is topped with bright yellow buttercup li...


Carex comosa

Carex comosa

Common Name: Bristly sedge

Carex comosa, Bristly sedge, is a member of the sedge family has a bristly bloom that acts like Velcro.  Bristly sedge stands from 1-2 ½’ tall with wide light green foliage. It prefers full sun bu...


Carex crinita

Carex crinita

Common Name: Fringed sedge

Carex crinata, Fringed sedge, is a common sedge of cooler northern climates.  Fringed sedge is named for its slender drooping seed heads that are present from June through July. It stands at 3-4’ tall....


Carex hystericina

Carex hystericina

Common Name: Porcupine sedge

Carex hystericina, Porcupine sedge, is named for its spiky seed head which resembles a porcupine.  Porcupine sedge spreads moderately from short rhizomes in full sun to partial shade. Its foliage is light green i...


Carex intumescens

Carex intumescens

Common Name: Bladder sedge

Carex intumescens, Bladder sedge, is similar in appearance to Carex grayi, 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: Lake bank sedge

Carex lacustris, Lake bank sedge, is a rapidly spreading rhizomatous plant and a great soil stabilizer for an area with full sun. Lake bank sedge has very upright blue-green foliage and blooms in early to mid summer. G...


Carex lupulina

Carex lupulina

Common Name: Hop sedge

Carex lupulina, Hop sedge,  is a tall, shade tolerant sedge that has similar but longer seed heads than Carex intumescens.  Hop sedge has a clump forming erect stature that makes it a nice...


Carex lurida

Carex lurida

Common Name: Lurid sedge

Carex lurida, Lurid sedge, is a versatile lower growing sedge that forms dense tufted colonies in full sun and loose patches in the shade. Carex lurida is a great plant for soil stabilization along pond and stream banks...


Carex muskingumensis

Carex muskingumensis

Common Name: Musk sedge

Carex muskingumensis, musk sedge, is found in moist meadows and along streams.  Decorative musk sedge resembles miniature palm trees. It spreads slowly via a short rhizome to form a fine textured c...


Carex scoparia

Carex scoparia

Common Name: Pointed broom sedge

Carex scoparia, Pointed broom sedge, is an attractive clumping sedge with fine textured foliage.  Pointed broom sedge grows 1-2’ tall and provides great food and cover for song birds in wet meadow habitats.  Poin...


Carex stricta

Carex stricta

Common Name: Tussock sedge

Carex stricta, Tussock sedge,  is 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 waterline. Tussock s...


Carex vulpinoidea

Carex vulpinoidea

Common Name: Fox sedge

Carex vulpinoidea, Fox sedge, is aptly named for its fox tail like seed head.   Fox sedge, is a tough versatile plant that lends itself well to most wetland restoration projects. Like Tussock sedge, Fox sedge has...


Cephalanthus occidentalis

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name: Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis, Buttonbush,  is one of the most important native shrubs for helping to preserve water quality and for enhancing wildlife habitat. The extensive fibrous root system of buttonbush pulls nutrie...


Chasmanthium latifolium

Chasmanthium latifolium

Common Name: Northern sea oats

Chasmanthium latifolium, Northern sea oats.  Despite its name, Northern sea oats, has nothing to do with the sea.  Chasmanthium latifolium grows well in a variety of soils with varying moisture...


Chelone glabra

Chelone glabra

Common Name: White turtle head

Chelone glabra, White turtle head, is a deer resistant perennial perfect for shaded or woodland gardens with moist soil.  Striking white snapdragon like flowers are a great addition to the garden in late...


Cinna arundinacea

Cinna arundinacea

Common Name: Wood reedgrass

Cinna arundinacea, Wood reedgrass, is 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 Summ...


Cyperus esculentus

Cyperus esculentus

Common Name: Nutsedge

Cyperus esculentus, Nutsedge, is often mistaken as a grass.  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...


Decodon verticillatus

Decodon verticillatus

Common Name: Water willow

Decodon verticillatus, Water willow, is a perennial herb with a woody base at the bottom of its arching leafy stems. Decodon verticillatus is often found on the edges of standing water, lazy streams or marshy swamp...


Dulichium arundinaceum

Dulichium arundinaceum

Common Name: Three way sedge

Dulichium arundinaceum, Three way sedge,  is one of the easier to identify sedges.  Looking straight down on the plant, leaves growing in ranks of three are visible.  The upright stems growing...


Eleocharis acicularis

Eleocharis acicularis

Common Name: Least spikerush

Eleocharis acicularis, Least spikerush, 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: Spikerush

Eleocharis obtusa, Spike rush, is typically one of the first colonizers of a freshly dug storm water basin or pond. Eleocharis obtusa forms attractive lime green clumps 1' tall topped with a blunt dark brown seed head in mid...


Eleocharis palustris

Eleocharis palustris

Common Name: Creeping spikerush

Eleocharis palustris, Creeping spikerush, 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, creeping spikerush forms nice tight clusters of green...


Eleocharis parvula

Eleocharis parvula

Common Name: Dwarf spikerush

Eleocharis parvula, Dwarf spikerush, is a perennial with smooth round solid stems which form an oval spike flower on the tips. Just under 3" tall, Dwarf spikerush can be grown individually or in nice tight clusters al...


Eleocharis quadrangulata

Eleocharis quadrangulata

Common Name: Four squarerush

Eleocharis quadrangulata, Four squarerush, is a PA endangered plant.  Four squarerush has a distinct four sided stem which is dark green in color. With an elegant simplicity, this 2-3' tall rush grows in...


Elymus hystrix

Elymus hystrix

Common Name: Bottle brush grass

Elymus hystrix, Bottle brush grass, grows in a wide range of soil conditions including heavy clay with dry to medium hydrology.  Bottle brush grass can take a variety of light conditions from full sun to part shade. I...


Elymus riparius

Elymus riparius

Common Name: Riverbank wild rye

Elymus riparius, Riverbank wild rye, is aptly named for its utility when doing streambank or riverbank rehabilitation.  This perennial cool season grass is good for erosion control in moist areas. Riverbank wild rye has...


Elymus virginicus

Elymus virginicus

Common Name: Virginia wild rye

Elymus virginicus or Virginia wild rye is a versatile shade tolerant cool season grass which grows just over 3' tall and offers great perennial competition against Japanese stiltgrass. The slightly drooping seed heads...


Equisetum fluviatile

Equisetum fluviatile

Common Name: Water horsetail

Equisetum fluviatile, 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 of Wa...


Equisetum hyemale

Equisetum hyemale

Common Name: Horsetail

Equisetum hyemale, 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 wil...


Equisetum scirpoides

Equisetum scirpoides

Common Name: Dwarf horsetail

Equisetum scirpoides, Dwarf horsetail, is a slender small-sized Equisetum growing less than 1' tall in dense dark green colonies along shorelines and shallow water. Although lacking true leaves or flowers, the upright stems of Dw...


Eryngium aquaticum

Eryngium aquaticum

Common Name: Marsh Rattlesnake-master

Eryngium aquaticum, Marsh rattlesnake-master, is an attractive silver blue flowering perennial that is widely underused in sunny poorly drained or wetland areas. Eryngium aquaticum stands 3-4’ tall and blooms...


Eupatorium fistulosum

Eupatorium fistulosum

Common Name: Joe pye weed

Eupatorium fistulosum, 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 or butterfly garden this plant will attract loads of be...


Eupatorium perfoliatum

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Common Name: Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum, Boneset, is one of the most widespread of our native wetland wildflowers. It prefers wet to damp areas of the wetland margin. While tolerant of flooding, it is not usually found growing in water but is very co...


Glyceria striata

Glyceria striata

Common Name: Fowl mannagrass

Glyceria striata, Fowl mannagrass, can be found in marshes, wet banks, damp woods, and occasionally in shallow water.  Fowl mannagrass provides food and shelter to a wide variety of aquatic wildlife.  Glyceria...


Helianthus angustifolius

Helianthus angustifolius

Common Name: Swamp sunflower

Helianthus angustifolius, Swamp sunflower, is a narrow leaf perennial sunflower that will thrive in moist soil with full sun to part shade. Fairly inconspicuous fine textured attractive dark green leaves with maroon stems f...


Heliopsis helianthoides

Heliopsis helianthoides

Common Name: Ox-eye sunflower

Heliopsis helianthoides, Ox-eye sunflower,  blooms with a multitude of seemingly never ending yellow daisy-like blossoms.   Ox-eye sunflower is native to the Northern Plains grows 2-4' tall and blooms July through...


Heteranthera reniformis

Heteranthera reniformis

Common Name: Floating leaf mud plantain

Heteranthera reniformis, Floating leaf mud plantain, has bright green glossy almost kidney-shaped leaves growing on sprawling stems with delicate light blue flowers during summer and early fall. Flowers open about 3 hours after ...


Hibiscus moscheutos

Hibiscus moscheutos

Common Name: Swamp rose-mallow

Hibiscus moscheutos, Swamp rose-mallow, is a  fast growing cold-hardy plant.  Striking when grown in colonies in average to moist soil in wetlands, on pond edges and along streambanks. Growing 4-6' tall in full sun, Sw...


Hippuris vulgaris

Hippuris vulgaris

Common Name: Mare's tail

Hippuris vulgaris, 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 of Hi...


Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

Common Name: Pennywort

Hydrocotyle ranunculoides, Pennywort, is a quick colonizer producing a nice thick mass of scalloped 2-inch leaves growing from running rhizomes in full sun to part shade.  Pennywort has relatively insignificant small powder puff...


Iris fulva

Iris fulva

Common Name: Copper iris

Iris fulva, Copper iris, has arching bright green leaves growing from shallowly rooted compact rhizomes that can form large clumps.  Copper iris is the perfect plant for moist to wet soils in full sun but also to...


Iris prismatica

Iris prismatica

Common Name: Blue iris

Iris prismatica, Blue iris, is similar to Iris versicolor except for the narrower leaves.   This hardy lakeshore perennial herb is typically found in shallow waters of pond edges,  sedge meadows, marshes, alon...


Iris versicolor

Iris versicolor

Common Name: Blue flag iris

Iris versicolor, Blue flag iris, is a hardy lakeshore perennial herb typically found in the shallow waters of pond edges, sedge meadows, marshes, along stream banks and in forested moist soil wetlands. Blue flag iris forms sword...


Juncus canadensis

Juncus canadensis

Common Name: Canada rush

Juncus canadensis, Canada rush, grows well in swampy meadows, boggy sites, and pond margins.  Growing from 1-2' tall, the inflorescence of Canada rush branches from a single point on the stem from July ...


Juncus effusus

Juncus effusus

Common Name: Soft rush

Juncus effusus, 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 of Juncus effusus are fairly soft.  Stems taper to a bristle and r...


Juncus gerardii

Juncus gerardii

Common Name: Saltmeadow rush

Juncus gerardii, 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 of Saltmeado...


Justicia americana

Justicia americana

Common Name: Water willow

Justicia americana, 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' t...


Leersia oryzoides

Leersia oryzoides

Common Name: Rice cut grass

Leersia oryzoides, Rice cut grass, is a rhizomatous perennial grass growing from 2-4' tall. The leaves of Rice cut grass form a very rough minutely toothed edge that makes it unpalatable to many herbivore mammals...


Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Common Name: Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis, 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 of Cardinal Flower have a soft purplish tin...


Lobelia syphilitica

Lobelia syphilitica

Common Name: Great blue lobelia

Lobelia syphilitica, Great blue lobelia, is an herbaceous perennial that grows in nice clumps from 1-3' tall. The upright stems of Great blue lobelia produce a striking blue flower head which creates a wonderful ...


Ludwigia palustris

Ludwigia palustris

Common Name: Marsh Purslane

Ludwigia palustris, Marsh Purslane, is a creeping aquatic perennial that grows along shorelines, in shallow water, and moist soils. The leaves of Marsh Purslane are highly variable in color, from green to slightly red-tin...


Menyanthes trifoliata

Menyanthes trifoliata

Common Name: Bogbean

Menyanthes trifoliata, Bogbean, grows in spongy bogs, marshes and shallow water along pond edges. The fleshy green leaves of Menyanthes trifoliata pop out of the water giving way to a perfect little white flowers with tiny elegant hairs ...


Mimulus ringens

Mimulus ringens

Common Name: Monkey Flower

Mimulus ringens, 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 of Mimulus ringens are about an inch a...


Orontium aquaticum

Orontium aquaticum

Common Name: Golden Club

Orontium aquaticum, Golden Club, is a striking aquatic plant. Golden Club has bright yellow flower clusters (spadix) at the tips. Blooming in April, Orontium aquaticum is one of the first plants to welcome Spring. Th...


Panicum virgatum

Panicum virgatum

Common Name: Panic Grass

Panicum virgatum, 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, Panic grass develops long rhizome...


Peltandra virginica

Peltandra virginica

Common Name: Arrow Arum

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


Phyla lanceolata

Phyla lanceolata

Common Name: Northern Frogfruit

Phyla lanceolata, 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'.  Small white flowers of Phyla...


Physostegia virginiana

Physostegia virginiana

Common Name: Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana, 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...


Polygonum amphibium

Polygonum amphibium

Common Name: Water Smartweed

Polygonum amphibium, 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 of Polygonum a...


Pontederia cordata

Pontederia cordata

Common Name: Pickerelweed

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


Proserpinaca palustris

Proserpinaca palustris

Common Name: Water Mermaid

Proserpinaca palustris, water Mermaid, is a native perennial found in swamps, marshes, shores, and  ephemeral woodland ponds. When above the waterline, Water Mermaid exhibits leaves that resemble rosemary with serrated ed...


Ranunculus flammula

Ranunculus flammula

Common Name: Creeping Spearwort

Ranunculus flammula, 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. Ranunculus flammula is a low growing perennial that pro...


Rosa palustris

Rosa palustris

Common Name: Swamp Rose

Rosa palustris, Swamp Rose, prefers moist, acidic habitats such as bogs, swamps, the edges of ponds and lakes or any poorly drained wetsoil. Swamp Rose is favored for its 2" fragrant pink flowers which offer nectar to bee...


Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia hirta

Common Name: Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta, Black-eyed Susan, grows in moist to dry soil and next to ponds in full sun to part shade. Although Black-eyed Susan tolerates hot and humid summers quite well, it will not do well in severe drought conditi...


Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia laciniata

Common Name: Green-headed Coneflower

Rudbeckia laciniata, 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...


Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba

Common Name: Brown Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia triloba, Brown Eyed Susan, grows in moist to dry soils in full sun to part shade.  Cheerful Brown Eyed Susan is a perennial favorite.  Typically 1-2' tall with bright yellow daisy-like flowers surr...


Sagittaria graminea

Sagittaria graminea

Common Name: Grass Leaf Arrowhead

Sagittaria graminea, 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 sma...


Sagittaria latifolia

Sagittaria latifolia

Common Name: Duck Potato

Sagittaria latifolia, Duck potato, is a vigorous aquatic perennial that typically grows 2-4’ tall. Known for its arrowhead-shaped leaves, Sagittaria latifolia commonly grows submerged in shallow water or out of water on ...


Saururus cernuus

Saururus cernuus

Common Name: Lizard's Tail

Saururus cernuus, Lizard's Tail, is 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...


Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium scoparium

Common Name: Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium, 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/...


Scirpus acutus

Scirpus acutus

Common Name: Hard Stem Bulrush

Scirpus acutus, 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...


Scirpus americanus

Scirpus americanus

Common Name: Three Square Rush

Scirpus americanus, Three Square Rush, is a rhizomatous species that forms loose colonies growing 3-4’ tall. Scirpus americanus has a medium spread rate and is a great stabilizer of pond banks and river banks. Three Square Rush provides exce...


Scirpus atrovirens

Scirpus atrovirens

Common Name: Green Bulrush

Scirpus atrovirens, 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. Gre...


Scirpus cyperinus

Scirpus cyperinus

Common Name: Woolgrass

Scirpus cyperinus, Woolgrass, 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...


Scirpus fluviatilis

Scirpus fluviatilis

Common Name: River Bulrush

Scirpus fluviatilis, River Bulrush, is a rhizomatous species that forms very large colonies rather quickly. The thick stems of Scirpus fluviatilis stand 5-7’ tall and bloom in late July to mid August.  Scirpus fluviatilis prov...


Scirpus tabermontanii

Scirpus tabermontanii

Common Name: Soft Stem Bulrush

Scirpus tabermontanii, Soft Stem Bulrush, is a rhizomatous species that forms dense colonies and provides excellent cover for waterfowl and spawning fish. It grows 4-5’ tall and blooms in June-July.  Scirpus tabermontanii is common...


Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Common Name: Blue Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium angustifolium, 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 i...


Solidago rugosa

Solidago rugosa

Common Name: Wrinkled Leaf Goldenrod

Solidago rugosa, Wrinkled Leaf Goldenrod, is a spectacular member of the Aster family.  Wrinkled Leaf Goldenrod explodes with yellow color to bring a naturalized brilliance to any wetland restoration project. Th...


Sorghastrum nutans

Sorghastrum nutans

Common Name: Indiangrass

Sorghastrum nutans, 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 produ...


Sparganium americanum

Sparganium americanum

Common Name: Lesser bur-reed

Sparganium americanum, Lesser bur-reed, is one of several native species of this distinctive native plant. Though looking like grasses or sedges, they are neither, being in their own family (Sparganiaceae). Sparganium american...


Sparganium eurycarpum

Sparganium eurycarpum

Common Name: Greater Bur-Reed

Not only are Sparganium eurycarpum, Greater bur-reed, good for providing food and habitat for wildlife, these plants are also extremely useful for improving and maintaining water quality by absorbing nutrients and st...


Typha angustifolia

Typha angustifolia

Common Name: Narrow Leaf Cattails

Typha angustifolia, Narrow Leaf 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 "Superma...


Typha latifolia

Typha latifolia

Common Name: Broad Leaf Cattails

Typha latifolia, Broad Leaf 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...


Verbena hastata

Verbena hastata

Common Name: Blue Vervain

Verbena hastata, 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. Verbena h...


Vernonia noveboracensis

Vernonia noveboracensis

Common Name: Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis, 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, fluff...


Zizania aquatica

Zizania aquatica

Common Name: Wild Rice

Zizania aquatica, Wild Rice, is a native grass found in marshes, pond edges, lakes, and rivers has an extremely branched inflorescence which produces edible grains for humans and wildlife. Although Wild Rice grows 8-10' tall, the s...


Zizia aurea

Zizia aurea

Common Name: Golden Alexanders

Zizia aurea, Golden Alexander, is a native perennial which is found growing in small colonies in moist woods and meadows, swamps, thickets, riverbanks and prairies. Zizia aurea grows 1-2' tall in nice tight clumps about 12" in diam...