Native herbaceous and flowering plants for sunny moist or boggy conditions:
Cattails (Typhus spp.)
Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis)
Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Goldenrods (Solidago spp.)
Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Native herbaceous and flowering plants for shady moist or boggy conditions:
Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
Arrowhead (Sagittaris latifolia)
False hellebore (Veratrum viride)
Turtlehead (Chelone spp.)
Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Royal fern (Osmunda regalis)
Netted chain fern (Woodwardia areolata)
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamonmea)
Shield ferns (Dropteris spp.)
Lady ferns (Athyrium spp.)
True bog plants requiring low pH and sun:
Sundews (Drosera spp.)
Butterworts (Pinguicula spp.)
Pitcher plants (Sarracenia spp.)
Many other native wetland species are available in most areas. There are
also a lot species that have now been naturalized in North America and are often
considered native plants. Unfortunately, some of these species are more
competitive and are now considered invasive, crowding out our native species that
provide habitat for native wildlife.
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Witch Hazel Flowers
H. virginiana, or common witch hazel is found growing in its native form from Nova Scotia south to central Florida, and west to Minnesota in the north and Texas in the south. Vernal witch hazel, or Ozark witch hazel, is more Midwest in its range, which extends from Missouri and Arkansas southwest into the states of Oklahoma and Texas.
Many landscapers have turned their attention to the Chinese species (H. mollis) or the hybrid between the Chinese and Japanese species (H. x intermedia) for their great ornamental attributes such as durable summer foliage, beautiful fall color, pleasant fragrance and bright flowers in late winter to early spring. These plants are relatively care-free additions to Eastern landscapes, and deserve more attention and use.
In addition to its ornamental attributes, witch hazel has several medicinal properties including use as an astringent and an anti-inflammatory. Witch hazels are one of the very few American medicinal plants approved as an ingredient in non-prescription drugs by the US Government.
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WETLANDS (legal) DEFINITION
The definition of wetlands used by the Corps in its regulatory program is:
Wetlands are those areas inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal
circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in
saturated soil conditions. Wetlands can include swamps, marshes, bogs,
and similar areas (33 CFR 328).
Wetlands can filter excess pesticides and nutrients. Many plants and animals can
find a home in wetlands. Wetlands have long been under-rated for their many values. They are just now becoming better understood. Among those values:
Habitat for wildlife
Wetlands are seen as prime habitat for nesting, breeding, feeding and cover for insects, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, waterfowl, songbirds, and mammals. Up to 60% of America's wild ducks are hatched in western prairie pothole marshes. Wetlands in the US support about 5,000 plant species, almost 200 species of amphibians, and a third of all of our native bird species.
The well known cleansing power of wetlands provides us with natural pollution control by removing ag chemicals and nutrients. They can also be an efficient low cost alternative for sewage and animal waste treatment.
Trying to farm frequently flooded zones can be expensive and wasteful; the better economic choice long may be to restore a wetland. These wetlands can derive owners hunting access use fees. Wetlands are great places to hunt, watch wildlife, take photographs and just enjoy nature.
Wetlands filter and catch sediment from runoff water, helping stop mud from filling lakes and reservoirs farther downstream.
Reducing soil erosion
Wetlands slow the flow of water, reducing runoff and thereby pervent soil erosion along water courses downstream.
Wetlands store rain water temporarily, allowing it to percolate into the ground or evaporate. The temporary storage reduces peak water flow.
Enjoy the outdoors
Wetlands offer personal enjoyment in many ways, including watching wildlife so just enjoy wetlands..
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