Best Plants for a Marshy Area

By Erik Neilson , last updated March 11, 2011

Living in a marshy area can be tricky for many people, and among other potential issues, deciding upon what kinds of plants will fare well is often a difficult process. Marshland can be fickle, and will not always serve as the proper habitat for certain types of plants. Fortunately, those who intend to plant on a wetland have a variety of options, many of which will grow quite well when properly taken care of.


Cattails are known to do exceptionally well in marshy areas. They are characterized by their long stalks and tubular, fuzzy brown tops, which many people like to use in home decorations. Cattails take well to damp soil conditions, and require little maintenance once they are planted.

Arrow Arum

Arrow arum is one of the most commonly found marshland plant, simply because it grows without inhibition in moist soil. It is characterized by its fruiting, pod-shaped head and triangular leaves. The leaves of this particular marsh plant tend to emerge in late June/early July, depending upon the area.


Pickerelweed is a very attractive plant that grows in marshland. As it blooms, the heart-shaped leaves give way to beautiful blue flowers, which can be harvested for decorating purposes. Pickerelweed can grow up to 4 feet tall, and generally blooms between the months of May and October.

Marsh Mallow

Marsh mallow is commonly found in freshwater marshes, and usually grows approximately 2 feet in height. It is characterized by bright pink flowers that resemble hibiscus, with dense, alternating leaves. While the blooming period of marsh mallow can range, it is generally between the July and August.

Button Bush

Button bush can stand up to 10 feet tall when fully grown, and features smooth leaves and white, bally flowers. This plant usually emerges between summer and early fall, depending upon the climate.

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