A wetland is an area that is mainly covered with water for at least the majority of the time. Some examples of wetlands are swamp areas, ponds, water reserves, and state park beaches. These conditions are bound to produce different plant life that you may not typically find in the formal garden or open field.
These unique and beautiful plants are low maintenance and add a nice touch to any garden if you consider a wetland addition, such as a pond or fountain.
Among the many native wetland plants, you will find the bulrush, cattail, and duck potatoes. The bulrush is a variety of different wetland plants included in the Sedge family. The Sedge family consists of Bolboschoenus, Cyperus, Scirpus, and Scoenoplectus, to explain the many different types of plants umbrellaed under the bulrush name. Secondly, the cattail or the Typha Latifolia is another type of wetland plant. Thirdly, the duck potato has a very reasonable meaning behind its name. It forms potatoes like clusters underground of the wetland area. This perennial plant or wetland plant belongs to the Sagittaria family, with its thick stalks and fan-like petals.
Some of the advantages of wetland plants are that they filter and clean the water they live in. They also retain water, which significantly offsets the chances of flooding in the vicinity of the wetland.
If you were to plant native wetland plants, this would mean no need to water these plants, which equals up to low maintenance on your part. That is especially helpful in a pond environment where you have other wildlife such as fish, frogs, and turtles cohabitating, as this eco-system is much self-cleaning!
The types of native wetland plants mentioned here are just a tiny percentage of what wetlands offer. They, by no means, touch on the vast amount of wetland plant species that there are. Ranging from all different sizes, blooms, and native regions, the number of wetland native plant species goes on and on. With their beauty and self-sufficiency, native wetland plants are the perfect addition.