I have a home that is just above a wetlands in Northern Illinois. It is on a river and the wetlands go from bone dry to under 3 feet of water. The shoreline is beginning to erode where there are no trees. THe shore is covered in shade by tall silver maples. Are there native plants that could help stop the erosion and thrive in these kind of conditions?
You can find a list of native plants for Illinois that will grow in shady wet areas by doing a COMBINATION SEARCH in our Native Plant Database and selecting the state from the "Select State or Province" option and then selecting 'Part shade...' and 'Shade...' from the "Light Requirement" option and 'Wet...' from the "Soil Moisture" option. From that list Mr. Smarty Plants recommends the following plants for your area. Most of them will survive a period of submergence and then drier conditions. Some of them may need some watering during dry spells.
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