Stormwater Management

ZONAL PLANT SELECTIONS FOR STORMWATER MANAGEMENT (freshwater only)


Stormwater management basins present unique challenges because water levels can fluctuate dramatically.  The lists below are guidelines for three basic hydrologic zones found in most basins.  Species are recommended for one zone or another based on their National Wetland Indicator Status (for more information, see Page 4 of our catalog).   *Note that many species will do well in more than one zone. 

Because basins can go from dry for long periods of time to inundated very quickly, pay close attention to The National Wetland Indicator Status to help make your project much more successful.   Knowing how much water will be where, and when, is critical. 

For more comprehensive lists, refer to the Plant Recommendations pages in the back of our catalog, or contact our office for more information.



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BERMS, BANKS, AREAS CONSISTENTLY ABOVE WATER LINE
Plants are listed according to the frequency they are found in wetlands (drier to wetter)

Herbaceous

Woody

Ilex opaca (FACU+)
Coreopsis lanceolata (FACU)
Dryopteris marginalis (FACU-)
Rosa carolina (UPL)


WATER’S EDGE, AREAS ALTERNATELY  FLOODED AND DRY
Plants are listed according to the frequency they are found in wetlands (drier to wetter)

Herbaceous

Woody

Helenium autumnale (FACW+)
Betula nigra (FACW)
Rosa virginiana (FAC)       
Salix discolor (FACW)
Carex intumescens (FACW)
Eupatorium fistulosum (FACW)








AREAS PERMANENTLY SATURATED OR INUNDATED
Plants are listed according to the frequency they are found in wetlands (drier to wetter)
                                               

Herbaceous

Woody

Salix nigra (FACW+)
Schoenoplectus pungens (FACW+)