Plants For Freshwater Marsh

Alnus rubra, Red Alder, is a great plant for erosion control, and fixes nitrogen. - grid24_12
Alnus rubra Red Alder

Alnus rubra, Red Alder is a deciduous tree that grows  fast to 10', moderately to 20', slow to 50'. Red Alder is native to Berkeley, Crescent City, Pt. Reyes, up along the coast in British Columbi... Learn more.

Anemopsis californica, Yerba Mansa, flowering  in the Santa Margarita garden.  - grid24_12
Anemopsis californica Yerba Mansa

Yerba Mansa is a spreading groundcover that has large, waxy, gray-green leaves that lay flat and form mats that from a distance look like a permanent pasture. This is a marsh and creekside plant, that... Learn more.

Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort - grid24_12
Artemisia douglasiana Mugwort

California Mugwort, Artemisia douglasiana,  is a three foot perennial that has a funny sage odor. Native on stream banks, ditch banks, road cuts or other disturbed areas. Very useful for creek b... Learn more.

Artemisia dracunculus, Tarragon plants - grid24_12
Artemisia dracunculus Tarragon

(Syn. Artemisia dracunculoides, Artemisia glauca) Tarragon (probably not the variety called French Tarragon, the culinary herb) is a very unattractive weed of disturbed places. Worldwide, maybe native... Learn more.

Aster chilensis, California Aster - grid24_12
Aster chilensis California Aster

California aster ( Symphyotrichum chilense) has summer flowers that make showy cheerful displays along roadsides of much of Coastal Southern California. Great for a woodland shade garden or full su... Learn more.

This native plant grows on the edges of salty marshes, or in a conventional garden. GREAT for butterflies. - grid24_12
Bidens laevis Joaquin Sunflower

Joaquin Sunflower, Bidens laevis,  grows in marshy areas, along creeks, and pond edges in California and across to Virginia. A very showy yellow daisy that works well in wetter sections of the g... Learn more.

Calamagrostis canadensis Blue-joint

Blue Joint grows as a large creeping grass in wet places or meadows from Manitoba to New Mexico, Newfoundland to California. In California Blue-joint lives from about Tulare Co. north in the Sierras, ... Learn more.

Carex fracta. Fragile Sheath Sedge - grid24_12
Carex fracta Fragile Sheathed Sedge

A beautiful green perennial that lives in mountain meadows, road cuts, rocky slopes, and seeps. The soil can be fairly dry, but as it dries out the foliage will fade. This sedge looks kinda like som... Learn more.

Carex senta. Swamp Carex, Swamp Sedge - grid24_12
Carex senta Rough Sedge

A green perennial grass-like plant that grows along creek channels. Plant in cobble for a creek effect, plant with other Carex species, Mimulus species, (that is where the old separation between moi... Learn more.

San Diego Sedge, Carex spissa seeds - grid24_12
Carex spissa San Diego sedge

A gray, perennial, grass-like sedge that grows along creek channels. Very dramatic specimen plant for a conventional garden or wet native garden. Plant in cobble for a creek effect, plant with other... Learn more.

Cyperus eragrostis Nutsedge, Umbrella Sedge - grid24_12
Cyperus eragrostis Nutsedge, Umbrella Sedge

Grows in seasonal creeks, wet areas commonly with with Salix lasiolepis, Ambrosia sp., Quercus agrifolia and Populus. Prefers wet soil, clay or gravel. Thrives in a disturbed plant community, rhizomat... Learn more.

Deschampsia elongata Slender hairgrass - grid24_12
Deschampsia elongata Slender hairgrass

This clumping perennial grass is so soft, and pretty, with really thin soft stems and leaves. Slender Hair Grass disappears in summer (drops to a faint brown patch); is a light grass that blows in the... Learn more.

Elymus glaucus Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye with seed heads - grid24_12
Elymus glaucus Blue Wildrye

Blue Wild-Rye. This plant species is highly variable, and hybridizes with some other species of wild-rye. It is not related to the cereal rye, except that they are both grasses. This plant is common h... Learn more.

Epipactis gigantea, Stream Orchid. I think this was at Big Bear - grid24_12
Epipactis gigantea Stream Orchid

Giant Helleborine or Stream Orchid, Epipactis gigantea,  is a perennial orchid that grows in wet or moist places. Stream Orchid will go dormant at the first sign of drought. Grows all over the West ... Learn more.

Equisetum hymale Scouring rush - grid24_12
Equisetum hymale Scouring rush

This Horsetail is wide ranging throughout the world with a very complicated species complex. (Equisetum hiemale, Hippochaete hiemale var. californica) Learn more.

Gnaphalium microcephalum thermale Feltleaf everlasting - grid24_12
Gnaphalium microcephalum var. thermale Feltleaf everlasting

(syn. Gnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale, Gnaphalium albidum, Pseudognaphalium thermale) A grey short lived perennial that grows in open loose ground. Common in fresh road cuts or in burned over area... Learn more.

Helenium puberulum What happened to the Flower? - grid24_12
Helenium puberulum What happened to the Flower?

This plant has brought great hoots from less than kind customers. That's the flower? Is the common response. You got to be kidding is another. Personally I think the plant is interesting and a valuab... Learn more.

Heleocharis macrostachya Common Spike Rush - grid24_12
Heleocharis macrostachya Common Spike Rush

A 1 foot high rhizomatous dark green plant. It looks like a miniature rush, or a funny-looking lawn grass. It needs regular moisture. It grows throughout the west and much of the world along streams, ... Learn more.

Heleocharis palustris, Spikerush, is here shown in its natural habitat.  - grid24_12
Heleocharis palustris

A one foot high rhizomatous dark green plant. It looks like a miniature rush, or a funny-looking lawn grass. It needs regular moisture. It grows throughout the west and much of the world along stream... Learn more.

 Hibiscus californica, Rose-Mallow flower, courtesy of Tara F. - grid24_12
Hibiscus californica Rose-Mallow

A large perennial that will die to the ground under any drought stress. Use in an area of seasonal flooding or next to a pond. Flowers are large and showy. Not hardy. We lost ours to cold. (Hibicus ... Learn more.

Hordeum brachyantherum Meadow barley - grid24_12
Hordeum brachyantherum Meadow barley

Meadow Barley grows from Baja California to Labrador, New Mexico to Alaska. A tufted perennial for an interest plant next to a pond or along a moist path. Looks lush with a little water. syn. H. no... Learn more.

Juncus balticus Baltic Rush - grid24_12
Juncus balticus Baltic Rush

Baltic Rush grows in the Baltic Sea area, Canada from Labrador across and down into so. CA., also in S. A. It forms stiff clumps arising from runners and grows around water sources. If you have regula... Learn more.

 Juncus dubius, Dubius rush, Little bamboo, Mariposa rush - grid24_12
Juncus dubius

A 1-2 ft. tall perennial that spreads by rhizomes along the edges of streams or ponds. Dark green, good fill in, good looking. Learn more.

Juncus macrophyllus Long leaf rush - grid24_12
Juncus macrophyllus Long leaf rush

A rather nondescript spike of green until it flowers. Flowers make a creamy delicate cloud on top of this delicate bunch of stuff that looked like grass. Native from Paso Robles down California in th... Learn more.

Here is a portion of the inflorescence of Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower, with the opened flowers below, and the unopened buds above.   - grid24_12
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower is a flat perennial herb with 1-2 inch red flowers in 1-2 foot spike of 20 or more. It grows in bogs. Cardinal flower has nice cut flowers. It is a hummingbird flower. Useful in the ... Learn more.

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