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Perennials for Wet Areas

Plants marked with an * are more tolerant of very wet or periodically flooded conditions. When selecting plants using this list, remember that a number of factors determine the suitability of a plant for a particular location. In addition to adaptability to moisture, also consider light requirements, soil type, hardiness, heat tolerance, and other factors.

Groundcovers and Vines (Botanical Name – Common Name)

  • Ajuga species – Carpet Bugle
  • Aspidistra elatior – Cast Iron Plant
  • Campsis radicans – Trumpet Creeper
  • Convallaria majalis – Lily of the Valley
  • Decumaria barbara – Wild Climbing Hydrangea
  • Hydrangea anomola petiolaris – Climbing Hydrangea
  • Liriope spicata – Liriope
  • Lonicera sempervirens – Trumpet Honeysuckle
  • Wisteria frutescens – American Wisteria

Ferns (Botanical Name – Common Name)

  • Athyrium filix-femina – Lady Fern
  • Athyrium nipponicum – Painted Fern
  • Cyrtomium falcatum – Holly Fern
  • Dryopteris erythrosora – Autumn Fern
  • Dryopteris filix-mas – Male Fern
  • Matteuccia pennsylvanica – Ostrich Fern
  • Onoclea sensibilis – Sensitive Fern
  • Osmunda cinnamonea – Cinnamon Fern
  • *Osmunda regalis – Royal Fern
  • Thelypteris palustris – Marsh Fern

Ornamental Grasses (Botanical Name – Common Name)

  • *Arundo donax – Giant Reed
  • *Carex species – Sedges
  • Chasmanthium latifolium – Northern Sea Oats
  • Schizachyrium scoparium – Little Bluestem
  • Sorghastrum nutans – Indian Grass
  • Spartina pectinata – Cordgrass

Perennials and Bulbs (Botanical Name – Common Name)

  • *Acorus calamus – Sweet Flag
  • *Alocasia macrorrhiza – Giant Alocasia
  • Arisaema triphyllum – Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • *Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed
  • Aspidistra elatior – Cast Iron Plant
  • Aster novae-angliae – New England Aster
  • Astilbe x arendsii – Astilbe
  • *Canna species – Canna
  • Chelone species – Turtlehead
  • Cimicifuga species – Bugbane
  • *Colocasia esculenta – Elephants Ear
  • Convallaria majalis – Lily Of The Valley
  • *Crinum americanum – Swamp Lily
  • Crinum species – Crinum
  • Eupatorium purpureum – Joe-Pye Weed
  • *Filipendula species – Meadow Sweet
  • Galium odoratum – Sweet Woodruff
  • Hedychium species – Ginger Lily
  • Hemerocallis hybrids and species – Daylily
  • *Hibiscus coccineus – Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus
  • Hibiscus species – Rose Mallow
  • Houttuynia cordata – Houttuynia
  • *Hymenocallis – Spider Lily
  • *Iris ensata – Japanese Iris
  • *Iris hybrids – Louisiana Iris
  • *Iris laevigata – Rabbitear Iris
  • *Iris pseudacorus – Yellow Flag
  • Iris sibirica – Siberian Iris
  • *Iris virginica – Southern Blue Flag
  • *Leucojum aestivum – Summer Snowflake
  • Ligularia species – Ligularia
  • *Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
  • *Lobelia siphilitica – Blue Cardinal Flower
  • *Lysimachia clethroides – Gooseneck Loosestrife
  • *Lysimachia punctata – Yellow Loosestrife
  • Malvaviscus arboreus – Turks Cap
  • Mentha species – Mints
  • Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebell
  • Monarda species – Bee Balm
  • Myosotis scorpioides – Forget-Me-Not
  • Physostegia virginiana – Obedient Plant
  • *Rhexia virginica – Meadow Beauty
  • Smilacina racemosa – False Solomon’s Seal
  • Tiarella cordifolia – Foam Flower
  • Tradescantia virginiana – Spiderwort
  • Tricyrtis formosana – Toad Lily
  • Vernonia noveboracensis – Ironweed
  • *Zantedeschia aethopica – Calla Lily
  • Zephyranthes atamasca – Atamasco Lily

Source: Karen Russ, Clemson University. (New 11/04.)

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