At New England Wetland Plants, Inc, we grow more than 70 different species of herbaceous plants, from wetland grasses to prairie flowers. All herbaceous species are grown from seed and are available as 2″ plugs, 50 plugs per tray. All herbaceous are sold as full trays only.
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|Species||Wetland Status||Shade Tolerance||Habitat|
|Acorus americana (Sweetflag) |
Long, green, sword-shaped leaves up to 4′ tall. Grows in wet meadows
and on muddy shores, advancing into shallow water.
|OBL||Full Sun||Shallow water, wet meadow, shore|
Waterfowl, beaver, and muskrats feed on this plant. Grows in wet soils
and into shallow water.
|OBL||Full Sun||Shallow water, shore|
|Ammophila brevigulata (American Beachgrass) |
Found on sandy beachfront dunes and other dry sites. Excellent for
|FACU-||Full Sun||Dry, sandy soils, shore,|
|Andropogon gerardii (Big|
A warm season bunch grass, 5-7ft. Wildlife food and cover. Drought
|FAC||Full Sun||Open areas, drier sites|
|Andropogon virginicus (Broom|
Warm season bunch grass, up to 3 ft. Drought tolerant.
|FACU||Full Sun||Open areas, drier|
|Asclepias incarnata (Swamp|
An attractive plant reaching a height of 4′, with flowers ranging from
pink to purple in color.
|OBL||Full Sun||Shore, wet meadow|
|Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly|
Drought tolerant, conspicuous orange flower mid-late summer. Attracts
butterflies. Endangered or threatened in ME, NH, NY and VT.
|FACU||Full Sun||Open areas, drier sites|
(Blue Wood Aster)
Profuse clusters of blue flowers bloom late summer to mid fall. 2-3
ft. Dry, moist soils. Partial shade tolerance. Attracts butterflies.
|UPL||Full Sun to|
|Moist to dry soils|
|Aster divaricatus |
(White Wood Aster)
Abundant white flowers, late summer to early fall. 2-3 ft. Attracts
butterflies. Medium wet to dry soils. Thrives in shade.
|FAC||Partial to Full|
|Wet to dry forests|
|Aster laevis |
Violet blue to purple flowers with yellow centers. Blooms September
to October. Moist to dry soils. Attracts butterflies, 2-4 ft. tall.
|UPL||Full Sun||Moist to dry soils|
|Aster novae-angliae (New|
A fall blooming flower. New England Aster has a violet/pink flower.
|FACW-||Full Sun||Shores, wet meadows|
|Aster puniceus (Swamp Aster) |
4-8 feet. Abundant blue to purple flowers with yellow centers. Blooms
August September. Found in wet to well-drained soil in full sun.
Easily self-seeds. Typically occurs in wet meadows. Attracts butterflies.
|OBL||Full Sun||Shallow water, shores,|
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|Calamagrostis canadensis |
(Blue Joint Grass)
A common grass of northern bogs and swamps. This species forms colonies.
|FACW+||Full Sun||Shallow water, shores,|
|Caltha palustris (Marsh|
Bright yellow flowers make this an attractive addition to wetlands.
Entire plant is eaten by moose and deer, the seeds are eaten by various
birds. Spring planting recommended.
|OBL||Full Sun||Shores, wet meadows,|
|Carex comosa (Bearded Sedge) |
This clump-forming sedge (2-4′) provides food and cover for many wetland
birds, including Virginia and Sora rails.
|OBL||Full Sun to Partial Shade||Shallow water, shores,|
|Carex crinita (Fringed|
This species of sedge is shade tolerant, but also thrives in sunny
|OBL||Full Sun to Full Shade||Shores, open areas, forests|
|Carex lupulina (Hop Sedge) |
This species of sedge (2-4′) forms clumps in wet soils, providing wildlife
cover and species diversity to wetlands.
|FACW+||Full Sun to Partial|
|Shores, wet meadows,|
|Carex lurida (Lurid Sedge) |
An excellent pioneer species that grows to 3 feet high and thrives
in disturbed, wet, sandy or gravelly sites.
|OBL||Full Sun to Partial Shade||Shores, wet meadows|
|Carex scoparia (Broom Sedge) |
Found in swamps and moist to drier open ground. Bunch type, 1-3ft.
|OBL||Full Sun to Partial Shade||Shores, open areas|
|Carex stipata (Wrinkle-sheathed|
This sedge frequents wet meadows and deciduous woody swamps.
|OBL||Full Sun to Full Shade||Open areas, forested areas|
|Carex stricta (Tussock Sedge) |
This hummock-forming sedge is used by geese and other birds for nesting
|OBL||Full Sun to Full Shade||Shallow water, shores, open and forested|
|Carex vulpinoidea (Fox Sedge) |
A sedge common to wet meadows, this plant provides good cover for nesting
|OBL||Full Sun to Full Shade||Open areas|
|Chelone glabra (Turtlehead)|
Turtlehead is a small plant reaching 1-3 feet in height. This species
produces an attractive white flower in mid to late summer.
|OBL||Full Sun to Partial Shade||Shores, wet meadows, forested areas|
|Cinna arundinacea (Stout Wood-Reedgrass)|
Tall rhizomatous grass (3-5′) provides excellent wildlife cover and
species diversity to wetlands. Cinna grows in moist wooded areas.
|FACW+||Partial to Full Shade||Shores, open and forested areas|
|Dulichium arundinaceum (Three-way Sedge) |
This species can form dense mats (1-2′) of vegetation in bogs and wet
meadows, providing excellent cover for smaller wildlife.
|OBL||Full Sun||Shallow water, shores, wet meadows|
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|Eleocharis palustris (Spike|
This plant grows in dense clumps and may reach a height of 3′. Provides
soil stabilization, as well as cover and food for various wildlife.
|OBL||Full Sun to Full Shade||Shallow water, shores, wet meadows|
|Elymus riparius (Riverbank Wild Rye)|
Cool season bunch grass, 3-5 ft. Moist soil, streambanks and edges.
|FACW||Full Sun to Full|
|Riverbanks, moist woods, meadows|
|Elymus virginicus (Virginia Wild Rye) |
Cool season bunch grass, 3-6ft. Moist to drier soils, streambanks and
|FACW/FAC||Full Sun to Full|
|Eupatorium maculatum/purpureum |
A tall plant of wet meadows, reaching 6′ or more. This species provides
cover for a variety of animal species.
|FACW/FAC||Full Sun to Partial|
|Shores, open areas|
|Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset) |
A tall flowering herb found in wet meadows and marshes.
|FACW+||Full Sun to Partial Shade||Shallow water, shores, wet meadows|
|Euthamia graminifolia (Grass-Leaved Goldenrod) |
An attractive flowering native. 2-3ft. Yellow flowers August to September.Wildlife value. Wet meadows and riparian areas up to somewhat drier
|FAC||Full Sun||Wet meadows to drier sites|
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