Stormwater Management

Mellow Marsh Farm has the largest selection of Stormwater Pond plant species in NC. We focus on growing the species specified in State SDM/BMP Manuals. Our pond plants come in a variety of container sizes that meet industry specifications and are easy to handle on-site. Send us your project plan sheets – we’ll provide customized availability and price lists. Our plant ecologists and regulatory specialists will help you with the following:

• Develop planting plans
• Make site visits
• Help with on-site plant material layout.

Asclepias incarnata
Swamp milkweed

Attractive deep pink flowers, opposite leaves.

Dulichium arundinaceum
Three-way sedge

Conspicuously 3-sided sedge; also known as "mini bamboo".

Eleocharis quadrangulata
Square-stem spikerush

Unique-looking rush, distinctly 4-sided.

Eupatorium perfoliatum
Boneset

Tall robust herb with white flowers.

Eutrochium fistulosum
Joe-pye weed

Tall robust herb with large heads of small purple flowers.

Gaillardia pulchella
Indian blanket

Showy maroon and gold flower on small branching stems. Tolerates dry soils and varied conditions.

Hamamelis virginiana
Witch hazel

Small deciduous tree, early spring flowers; deeply veined serrate leaves.

Helenium autumnale
Bitterweed

Medium to tall bushy herbaceous perennial; numerous yellow flowers from July to frost.

Helianthus angustifolius
Swamp sunflower

Tall leafy sunflower; flowers from July to frost.

Hibiscus coccineus
Scarlet rose mallow

Showy large red flower on large perennial plant.  Low salt tolerance.

Ilex verticillata
Winterberry

Multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with brilliant red drupes persisting into midwinter.

Itea virginica
Virginia sweetspire

Shrub with white bell-shaped flowers in dense drooping racemes.

Lemna spp.
Duck weed

Tiny floating aquatic with good wildlife and water treatment value. Floats on surface of lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams.

Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal flower

Tall leafy herb, showy red flower spikes; attracts butterflies, hummingbirds.  Low salt tolerance.

Lobelia elongata
Blue lobelia

Similar to L. cardinalis but with blue flowers.

Monarda fistulosa
Wild bergamot

A showy pinkish flowering plant with aromatic leaves and hollow, greenish-purple stems.

Nuphar advena
Spatterdock

Aquatic herb with round floating leaves and attractive yellow flowers.

Orontium aquaticum
Golden club

Unique gold tipped flower on white stalk. Leaves are dark green and waxy.

Panicum rigidulum
Redtop panicgrass

Upright clump forming grass with attractive red seed heads and foliage in the late summer through fall. 

Peltandra virginica
Arrow arum

Aquatic herb, grows in 1 to 3 feet of water, large arrow-shaped leaves.  Low salt tolerance.

Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark

Showy deciduous shrub with beautiful clusters of bell shaped flowers and characteristic peeling bark.

Physostegia virginiana
Obedient plant

Showy native flowering perennial with long upright racemes bearing pink flowers. The stem has a characteristic ability to remain bent when moved.

Pontederia cordata
Pickerel weed

Robust, succulent herb with spikes of attractive purple flowers, lobed leaves.

Ratibida columnifera
Prairie coneflower

Erect, hairy, clump forming coneflower with fernlike leaves and maroon and gold blossoms.   Low salt tolerance.

Rosa palustris
Swamp rose

Rambling rose with delicate pink flowers June through October.

Sagittaria latifolia
Duck potato

Similar to S. lancifolia, but with arrow shaped leaves.  Very low salt tolerance.

Saururus cernuus
Lizard's tail

Heart shaped leaves and interesting recumbent flower spikes.  Low salt tolerance.

Schoenoplectus americanus
Swordgrass

Rush of medium height with lateral clustered spikelets.  Low salt tolerance.

Schoenoplectus pungens
Common three square

Rush of medium height with lateral clustered spikelets.

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Soft stem bulrush

A tall rush with reddish spikelets in branched clusters.

Scirpus cyperinus
Woolgrass

Tall grass-like sedge with large fuzzy seed heads.

Solidago sempervirens
Seaside goldenrod

Salt tolerant goldenrod, yellow flowers.

Sparganium americanum
American bur reed

Marsh plant surviving in up to 12" of water colonizing by rhizome.

Spiraea tomentosa
Hardhack

Shrub of bogs, wet meadows, and low woodlands; pink flowers.

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
Coralberry

Erect colonizing multi-stemmed shrub, coral colored berries.

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
New England aster

Inflorescence a many-headed panicle, large showy violet flowers.

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Aromatic aster

Woody stemmed dense bush forming herbaceous perennial with numerous blue to purple flowers in autumn.

Taxodium ascendens
Pond cypress

A deciduous conifer with characteristic upright turning leaves. Brilliant orange color in late autumn.

Taxodium distichum
Bald cypress

Needle-leaved deciduous conifer, tolerates standing water or dry soil.

Vaccinium corymbosum
Highbush blueberry

A deciduous shrub often forming dense thickets with glossy dark green foliage and sweet berries in midsummer.

Verbena hastata
Blue vervain

Upright flowering perennial.

Vernonia noveboracensis
Ironweed

Robust perennial herb, tall leafy stem, numerous purple disk flowers.

Viburnum dentatum
Arrow wood

Shrub with arrow-straight stems, opposite leaves, black drupes.

Viburnum nudum
Possum haw viburnum

Showy tardily deciduous native shrub with blue black drupes persisting into midwinter.