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Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Aquatic and Riparian Areas

List of wetland plants that also support pollinators, (E) denotes that the plant is a quick rooting robust soil stabilizer.


Riparian Plants

  • Common Name, Scientific Name
  • Willows, Salix spp. (E)
  • Rhododendron, Rhododendron maximum (E)
  • Spiraea, Spiraea alba (E)
  • Button bush, Cephalanthus occidentalis (E)
  • Winterberry, Ilex verticillata (E)
  • Royal fern, Osmunda regalis
  • Ostrich fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris
  • Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris
  • Joe-pye-weed, Eupatorium spp.
  • Cottongrass, Eriophorum virginicum
  • Mannagrass, Glyceria spp.
  • Skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus
  • Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata
  • Blue vervain, Verbena hastata
  • Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis
  • New York ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis

Aquatic & Marsh Plants

  • Barnyard grass, Echinochloa crusgalli
  • Pondweed, Potamogeton spp.
  • Smartweed, Polygonum pensylvanicum
  • Swamp smartweed, Polygonum hydropiperoides
  • Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris
  • Spikerush, Eleocharis spp.
  • Sedges, Carex spp.
  • Sweet flag, Acorus calamus
  • Common arrowhead, Sagittaria latifolia
  • Cattails, Typha spp.
  • Rushes, Juncus spp.
  • Bulrush, Scirpus spp.



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