Rain Gardens

Mellow Marsh Farm has a NC – Certified Rain Garden Specialist on staff to recommend plant material for the special requirements for rain gardens . A wide variety of native perennials and shrubs are well suited to the extreme wet and dry conditions of rain gardens. We have over 30 years of collective experience propagating these species, and we know what works.

Acorus calamus

Common Name:
Sweet Flag
Comments:
Iris-like, aromatic leaves Hydrology: up to 6" water Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: 1 - 4 '

Acorus calamus variegated

Common Name:
Variegated Sweet Flag
Comments:
Iris-like, aromatic leaves Hydrology: up to 6" water Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: 3 sizes available

Aesculus pavia

Common Name:
Red buckeye
Comments:
Showy understory shrub with attractive crimson flowers in the early spring. Wetland indicator status: Fac. Often multi stemmed with height to 20 feet
Applications:
Stream restoration, Erosion control, Native flowering shrub, Showy native shrub, Pollinator habitat, Native understory shrub, Native landscaping shrub

Aesculus sylvatica

Common Name:
Painted buckeye
Comments:
Showy understory shrub with attractive yellow flowers in the early spring. Wetland indicator status: Fac. Often multi stemmed with height to 20 feet
Applications:
Stream restoration, Erosion control, Native flowering shrub, Showy native shrub, Pollinator habitat, Native understory shrub, Native landscaping shrub

Amelanchier canadensis

Common Name:
Canadian serviceberry
Comments:
Multi stemmed shrub or small tree with numerous white flowers early in the season. Fruits (pomes) are dark purple when ripe in June-July. Edible and sweet. Wetland indicator status: Fac. Height to 24 feet.
Applications:
Stream restoration, Erosion control, Stormwater ponds, Native flowering shrub, Showy native shrub, Pollinator habitat, Native edible fruit

Amorpha fruticosa

Common Name:
False indigo bush
Comments:
Shrub in the legume family with spike shaped racemes of purple flowers. Wetland indicator status: FACW. Height to 20'
Applications:
Stream restoration

Aronia arbutifolia

Common Name:
Choke Cherry
Comments:
Large shrub simple serrate leaf; pinkish to white flowers, black drupe Hydrology: irregular to regular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: Up to 15'

Asclepias incarnata

Common Name:
Swamp milkweed
Comments:
Attractive deep pink flowers, opposite leaves Hydrology: irregular to regular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 4'

Asclepias tuberosa

Common Name:
Butterfly Weed
Comments:
Upland herbaceous plant with bright orange flowers. Hydrology: Tolerates dry poor soils. Height: up to 1'

Baptisia alba

Common Name:
White wild indigo
Comments:
Quick growing bushy herbaceous plant with attractive white blossoms held on tall spires. Wetland Indicator Status: FACU Height to 4'
Applications:
Rain gardens, Native landscaping perennial

Callicarpa americana

Common Name:
Beauty Berry
Comments:
Deciduous shrub; arching stems; showy fuscia-colored fruits, lovely scent to stems and leaves. Hydrology: dry to moist soils Wetland Indicator Status: FACU- Height: to 8'

Canna flaccida

Common Name:
Yellow Canna
Comments:
Large yellow flowers appearing above broad, light green leaves Hydrology: seasonal to regular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: 4' to 5'

Carex crinita

Common Name:
Fringed Sedge
Comments:
Tall, grass-like sedge with drooping seed heads Hydrology: irregular to regular saturation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW+ Height: up to 2'

Carex glaucescens

Common Name:
Southern Waxy Sedge
Comments:
Grass-like sedge with bluish color and terminal spikes Hydrology: seasonal to continuous inundation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: 2' to 4'

Carex grayi

Common Name:
Gray's Sedge
Comments:
Pretty sedge with interesting seed head Hydrology: irregular to regular saturation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: up to 2'

Carex intumescens

Common Name:
Carex
Comments:
Clump-forming, medium sized carex Hydrology: irregular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: up to 3'

Carex lupulina

Common Name:
Carex
Comments:
Grass-like sedge with pineapple-shaped seed head Hydrology: irregular to regular saturation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 4'

Carex lurida

Common Name:
Lurid Sedge
Comments:
Grass-like sedge forming large clumps Hydrology: irregular to regular saturation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: about 1'
Applications:
Water quality, Wetland mitigation, BMPs, Stormwater ponds, Constructed wetlands, Littoral shelf, Shallow water, Pollinator habitat, Native tough perennial.

Carex stricta

Common Name:
Tussock Sedge
Comments:
Grass-like sedge forming mounds or tussocks Hydrology: intermittent or permanent inundation, up to 6" deep Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 3.5'

Carex vulpinoides

Common Name:
Fox Sedge
Comments:
A bunch type sedge with small yellow-green leaves. Hydrology: Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: 1-3 feet

Cephalanthus occidentalis*

Common Name:
Button Bush
Comments:
Shrub-tree, white globe-shaped flowers, red foliage and seed heads in fall Hydrology: Intermittent to permanent inundation, up to 3' deep Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 12'
Applications:
Stream restoration, Erosion control, Stormwater ponds, Live stakes, Native flowering shrub, Showy native shrub, Pollinator habitat

Chasmanthium latifolium

Common Name:
River Oats
Comments:
Grass with graceful arching panicle Hydrology: regular to irregular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FAC- Height: 2 - 2.5'

Chionanthus virginicus

Common Name:
Fringe tree
Comments:
Showy native shrub with fragrant early flowers borne on drooping axillary panicles. Wetland indicator status: FACU Height: to 20'
Applications:
Showy native shrub or small tree, Stream restoration

Clethra alnifolia

Common Name:
Sweet Pepperbush
Comments:
Shrub or small tree with spikes of fragrant white flowers Hydrology: intermittent flooding Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: up to 9'
Applications:
Stream restoration, Erosion control, Stormwater ponds, Native flowering shrub, Showy native shrub, Pollinator habitat

Coreopsis lanceolata

Comments:
A herbaceous perennial plant that grows in small clumps with deeply cut leaves and yellow flower heads. Hydrology: Wetland Indicator Status: UPL Height: 1-2 1/2 feet tall

Cornus florida

Common Name:
Flowering dogwood
Comments:
Small deciduous tree with showy white bracts in April-May. Wetland indicator status: FACU Height to 30'
Applications:
Native landscaping tree, Stream restoration

Echinacea purpurea

Common Name:
Purple Coneflower
Comments:
Tall showy inflorescence with purple ray flowers and yellow disc flowers Hydrology: upland Height: variable, 1' to 4'

Equisetum hyemale

Common Name:
Horse Tail
Comments:
Reed-like; stems are round, dark green, unbranched, and jointed; Hydrology: irregular flooding. Wetland Indicator Status: FAC+ Height : 2 - 3'

Eragrostis spectabilis

Common Name:
Purple Lovegrass
Comments:
Fine-leaved, clump-forming grass; reddish/purplish seed heads Hydrology: dry soils Height: 1' to 3'

Euonymus americanus

Common Name:
Strawberry Bush
Comments:
Striking fuchsia-colored seed capsule opens to expose bright red seeds Hydrology: saturated to upland Wetland Indicator Status: FAC- Height: up to 6'

Eupatoriadelphus fistulosus

Common Name:
Joe Pye Weed
Comments:
Tall robust herb with large heads of small purple flowers Hydrology: irregular to regular saturation Wetland Indicator Status: FAC+ Height: up to 6'
Applications:
Water quality, Wetland mitigation, BMPs, Stormwater ponds, Constructed wetlands, Shallow land, Pollinator habitat, Butterfly habitat, Native flowering perennial.

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Common Name:
Bone Set
Comments:
Tall robust herb with white flowers Hydrology: irregular to regular saturation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW+ Height: up to 5'

Gaillardia pulchella

Common Name:
Indian blanket
Comments:
Showy maroon and gold flower on small branching stems. Tolerates dry soils and varied conditions. Wetland indicator status: UPL
Applications:
Landscaping wildflower, Showy native perennial, Rain Gardens, Pollinator habitat

Helenium autumale

Common Name:
Bitterweed
Comments:
Medium to tall bushy herbaceous perennial ; numerous yellow flowers from July to frost. Wetland indicator status: FACW
Applications:
Native landscaping wildflower, Stormwater ponds, pollinator habitat

Helianthus angustifolius

Common Name:
Swamp Sunflower
Comments:
Tall leafy sunflower; flowers from July to frost Hydrology: variable, frequent to seasonal inundation Wetland Indicator Status:FAC+ Height: 3' to 7'

Hibiscus coccineus

Common Name:
Red Hibiscus
Comments:
Showy large red flower on large perennial plant Hydrology: irregularly inundated Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 3'

Hibiscus moscheutos

Common Name:
Marsh Hibiscus
Comments:
Showy red, white, or pink flowers; can tolerate dry periods Hydrology: irregular to regular inundation up to 3" deep Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 7'
Applications:
Water quality, Wetland mitigation, BMPs, Stormwater ponds, Constructed wetlands, Littoral shelf, Shallow water, Pollinator habitat, Native flowering perennial.

Hypericum densiflorum

Common Name:
Bushy St. Johnswort
Comments:
Small dense shrub or woody perennial with numerous showy yellow flowers. Wetland indicator status: FACW Height to 4'
Applications:
Showy native shrub, pollinator habitat

Ilex decidua

Common Name:
Possum Haw
Comments:
Broad-leaved deciduous shrub; tolerates full shade; orange/red berries Hydrology: Upland to irregular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW- Height: up to 20'

Ilex glabra

Common Name:
Inkberry
Comments:
Evergreen rhizomatous shrub with black drupes Hydrology: irregular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: 6-12'
Applications:
Stream restoration, Erosion control, Stormwater ponds, Native flowering shrub, Showy native shrub, Pollinator habitat, Native evergreen shrub

Iris fulva

Common Name:
Copper Iris
Comments:
Unusual native, copper-colored flowers Hydrology: regular inundation Height: about 2'

Iris virginica

Common Name:
Southern Blue Flag
Comments:
Iris with showy blue flowers Hydrology: regularly or permanently up to 6" deep Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 4'

Itea virginica

Common Name:
Virginia Sweetspire
Comments:
Shrub with white bell-shaped flowers in dense drooping racemes Hydrology: regular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW+ Height: up to 10'
Applications:
Stream restoration, Erosion control, Stormwater ponds, Native flowering shrub, Showy native shrub, Pollinator habitat

Juncus coriaceus

Common Name:
Leathery Rush
Comments:
Spreading tufted perennial rush Hydrology: infrequent to regular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: 1' to 2'

Juncus effusus

Common Name:
Soft rush
Comments:
Grass-like rush with stiff stems, 3 - 4 feet tall, grows in clumps; Hydrology: inundation up to 1'; prefers a dry down period Wetland Indicator Status: FACW+ Height: up to 3.5'
Applications:
Water quality, Wetland mitigation, BMPs, Stormwater ponds, Constructed wetlands, Swales, Littoral shelf, Shallow water, Shallow land, Erosion control, Native tough perennial.

Kosteletskya virginica

Common Name:
Marsh Mallow
Comments:
Tall woody perennial, showy pink flowers, tolerates dryer soils Hydrology: above mean high to spring tide Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: 2 - 4'

Leucothoe racemosa

Common Name:
Fetterbush
Comments:
A showy evergreen shrub with pink flowers that are an important source of nectar, and leathery leaves that are pointed at the tips. Wetland Indicator Status:FACW Height: 3-9 feet tall

Liatris spicata

Common Name:
Blazing Star
Comments:
Flowering herb with showy racemes of pink flowers Hydrology: variable, regular inundation to dry Wetland Indicator Status: FACU Height: 3' to 4'

Lindera benzoin

Common Name:
Spice Bush
Comments:
Shrub with aromatic stems and leaves, red stems and red fall foliage Hydrology: seasonally inundated Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: 6 - 12'

Lobelia cardinalis

Common Name:
Cardinal Flower
Comments:
Tall leafy herb, showy red flower spikes; attracts butterflies, humming birds Hydrology: moist soils to regular or permanent inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW+ Height: up to 4'

Lobelia elongata

Common Name:
Blue Lobelia
Comments:
Similar to L. cardinalis but with blue flowers Hydrology: moist soils to regular or permanent inundation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 3'

Lyonia lucida

Common Name:
Fetterbush
Comments:
Broadleaf evergreen colony forming shrub with delicate bell shaped flowers on a drooping panicle Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: to 6'
Applications:
Showy native shrub, Stream restoration

Monarda fistulosa

Common Name:
Wild Bergamot
Comments:
A showy pinkish flowering plant with aromatic leaves and hollow, greenish-purple stems. Hydrology: Wetland Indicator Status:FACU Height: 2-5 feet

Morella cerifera

Common Name:
Wax Myrtle
Comments:
Aromatic evergreen shrub or small tree with waxy bluish berries Hydrology: regularly inundated Wetland Indicator Status: FAC+ Height: up to 30'

Muhlenbergia capillarisa

Common Name:
Sweet Grass
Comments:
A wispy, purple-flowered grass with wirelike and unbranched stems and leaves. Hydrology: Wetland Indicator Status: FACU Height: Up to 3 feet

Onoclea sensibilis

Common Name:
Sensitive Fern
Comments:
Leathery light green fern with pairs of bead like spore cases Hydrology: moist soils to frequent inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: up to 2'

Osmunda cinnamomea

Common Name:
Cinnamon Fern
Comments:
Large showy fern, with cinnamon-colored fertile fronds Hydrology: irregular to permanent saturation Wetland Indicator Status: FACW+ Height: up to 5'

Osmunda regalis

Comments:
text fertile fronds Hydrology: text Wetland Indicator Status: OBL

Panicum rigidulum

Common Name:
Redtop Panicgrass

Physocarpus opulifolius

Common Name:
Ninebark
Comments:
Showy deciduous shrub with beautiful clusters of bell shaped flowers and characteristic peeling bark. Wetland indicator status: FAC
Applications:
Showy native landscaping shrub, Stream restoration, Pollinator habitat, Live staking

Physostegia virginiana

Common Name:
Obedient plant
Comments:
Showy native flowering perennial with long upright racemes bearing pink flowers. The stem has a characteristic ability to remain bent when moved. Wetland Indicator Status: FACW
Applications:
Native flowering perennial, Native landscaping plant, Stormwater ponds, Rain gardens, Pollinator habitat.

Ratibida columnifera

Common Name:
Prairie Coneflower
Comments:
Hydrology: hydrology Height: available in plugs and quarts

Ratibida pinnata

Common Name:
Grey-headed Coneflower
Comments:
Hydrology: hydrologyp Height: available in quarts

Rhododendron arborescens

Common Name:
Smooth Azalea
Comments:
Dark green foliage and inconspicuous white flowers, with a smattering of conspicuous brown fruits or seeds. Hydrology: FACW- Height: up to 18'

Rhynchospora colorata

Common Name:
White Top Sedge
Comments:
Showy sedge with white bracts, giving the appearance of white petals Hydrology: occasional to regular inundation Height: 2' to 3'

Sabatia kennedyana

Common Name:
Plymouth Rose-gentian
Comments:
Delicate herb, feathery leaves, showy pink flowers; native to pine savannahs Hydrology: moist soils, seasonal inundation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: 1' to 2'

Saururus cernuus

Common Name:
Lizard Tail
Comments:
Heart shaped leaves and interesting recumbent flower spikes Hydrology: regular to permanent inundation up to 1' deep Wetland Indicator Status: OBL Height: up to 4'
Applications:
Water quality, Wetland mitigation, BMPs, Stormwater ponds, Constructed wetlands, Littoral shelf, Shallow water, Pollinator habitat, Native flowering perennial.

Solidago sempervirens

Common Name:
Seaside Goldenrod
Comments:
Salt tolerant goldenrod, yellow flowers Hydrology: above mean high tide Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: 1 - 6'

Spiraea tomentosa

Common Name:
Hard Hack
Comments:
Shrub of bogs, wet meadows, and low woodlands; pink flowers Hydrology: regular to permanent inundation up to 1' deep Wetland Indicator Status: FACW Height: up to 6.5'

Stokesia laevis

Common Name:
Stokes aster
Comments:
Showy perennial herb with a basil cluster of dark green leaves numerous broad light blue to purple flowers. Wetland indicator status: FAC
Applications:
Showy native perennial, Rain Gardens, Stormwater ponds, Pollinator habitat

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus*

Common Name:
Coralberry
Comments:
Erect colonizing multi-stemmed shrub, coral colored berries Hydrology: Upland to occasional inundation Height: Up to 5 or 6'

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum

Common Name:
Calico Aster
Comments:
Hydrology: hydrology Height: available in quarts

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Common Name:
New England Aster
Comments:
Inflorescence a many-headed panicle, large showy violet flowers Hydrology: regular inundation Height: 2' to 6'

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium

Common Name:
Aromatic aster
Comments:
Woody stemmed dense bush forming herbaceous perennial with numerous blue to purple flowers in autumn. Wetland indicator status: UPL
Applications:
Showy native flowering perennial, Native landscaping perennial, Stormwater ponds

Thalia dealbata

Common Name:
Powdery Thalia
Comments:
Tall striking plant with broad-bladed leaves and inflorescence of deep purple flowers on long slender stem. Hydrology: regular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: OBL

Verbena hastata

Common Name:
Swamp verbena
Comments:
Upright flowering perennial. Wetland indicator status: FAC
Applications:
Stormwater ponds

Vernonia noveboracensis

Common Name:
Ironweed
Comments:
Robust perennial herb, tall leafy stem, numerous purple disk flowers. Hydrology: irregular inundation, salt tolerant Wetland Indicator Status: FAC+ Height: 3' to 7'

Viburnum dentatum

Common Name:
Arrow-wood
Comments:
Shrub with arrow-straight stems, opposite leaves, black drupes Hydrology: irregular to regular inundation Wetland Indicator Status: FAC Height: Up to 10'

Viburnum nudum

Common Name:
Possumhaw viburnum
Comments:
Showy tardily deciduous native shrub with blue black drupes persisting into midwinter. Wetland indicator status: FACW. Height to 16'
Applications:
Showy native landscaping shrub, Stream restoration, Wetland mitigation, Pollinator habitat

Yucca filamentosa

Common Name:
Adams needle
Comments:
Suckering evergreen perennial with characteristic thready filaments along leaf margins. Wetland indicator status: UPL Height: to 6'
Applications:
Native flowering perennial, Native landscaping