The Q&A Archives: Plants good for wet soil

Question: My backyard is very wet due to groundwater and I'd like to plant something to take up the water and dry out the soil a bit (we have areas of standing water and mud). What plants and trees are good for very wet soil, besides the willow?

Answer: The following plants will tolerate soggy soils:
Aconitum (Monkshood) Hibiscus (Rose Mallow)
Actaea (Bugbane) Isolepsis (Scirpus) (Fiber Optic Grass)
Alchemilla (Lady?s Mantle) Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)
Alocasia (Elephant Ear) Monarda (Bee Balm)
Aruncus (Goatsbeard) Mimulus (Monkey Flower)
Asclepias incarnate (Swamp Milkweed) Miscanthus(some varieties) (Maiden Grass)
Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor Grass)
Astilbe Myosotis (Forget Me Not)
Astilboides tabularis (Shield Leaf) Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern)
Athyrium (Lady Fern) Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass)
Bergenia (Elephant Ear) Phalaris arundinacea (Ribbon Grass)
Blechnum (Deer Fern) Physostegia (Obedient Plant)
Canna Polygonum (Soloman?s Seal)
Chelone lyonii (Turtlehead) Primula (Primrose)
Cyrtomium (Fish Tail Fern) Rodgersia (Rodger?s Flower)
Gunnera (Dinosaur Food) Sisyrinchium californicum (Yellow Eyed Grass)
Hosta (Plantain Lily) Thalictrum (Meadow Sweet)
Ligularia Tiarella (Foam Flower)
Lysimachia (Loosestrife) Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort)
Helenium autumnale (Helen?s Flower) Trollius (Globe Flower)
Helianthus angustifolia (Swamp Sunflower) Zantedeschia (Common Calla)
Arenaria (Corsican Sandwort) Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny)
Galium (Sweet Woodruff) Mentha (Corsican Mint)
Houttuyuna (Chameleon Plant) Potentilla (Spring Cinquefoil)
Laurentia (Blue Star Creeper) Vinca minor (Dwarf Vinca)
Abies balsamea (Balsam Fir) Populus tremuloides (Quaking Aspen)
Acer rubrum (Red Maple) Salix (Willow)
Liquidambar (Sweet Gum) Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood)
Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum)
Andromeda (Bog Rosemary) Cornus stolonifera (Shrub Dogwood)
Chaenomoles (Flowering Quince) Potentilla fructicosa (Potentilla)
Chionanthus (Fringe Tree) Sambucus canadensis (American Elderberry)
Clethra (Summersweet) Viburnum opulus (Snowball Bush)
Hope this information helps!

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