Beneficial Buffers: Native Plants For Ponds & Lakes In the North West
Establishing a beneficial buffer around your lake or pond’s shoreline and littoral zone can help reduce the likelihood of water quality issues and erosion damage. Buffers also provide habitat for native birds, help deter geese, and hinder mosquitoes by minimizing habitat for their breeding. Beneficial buffers should be composed of native grasses and flowering species and should extend three to five feet or more from the water’s edge to receive maximum benefits.
Below are native buffer plants for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. These plant species will help filter excess nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen from entering the water column where they can potentially fuel algal blooms and nuisance aquatic plant growth. In addition, native plants can also help secure the shoreline with their roots, helping keep soil in place when natural erosion occurs.
Please reference the USDA plant database to confirm a plant is native to your area before adding it to your beneficial buffer.
Native Buffer Plants to the North West
Swordleaf rush (Juncus ensifolius)
Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
Threeleaf foamflower (Tiarella trifoliata)
Common spikerush (Eleocharis palustris)
Alpine laurel (Kalmia microphylla)
Allegheny monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens)
Rose Meadowsweet (Spiraea densiflora)
Twinberry honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata)
Buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)
Alderleaf buckthorn (Rhamnus alnifolia)
American yellowrocket (Barbarea orthoceras)
Trillium (Trillium spp.)
Silverweed (Argentina anserina)
Nootka rose (Rosa nutkana)
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)
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