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Shoreline Buffer Management

Native Buffer Plants in South

Beneficial Buffers: Native Plants For Ponds & Lakes In the South

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 to Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Georgia areas. 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 South

Pickerelweed

Pickerelweed (Pontedaria cordata)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Bulrush

Bulrush (Schoenoplectus spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata L)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
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Soft Rush (Juncus effusus)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Ostrich-Fern

Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia Todaro)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Lizards-Tail

Lizard's Tail (Saururus cernuus)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Water Willow

Water Willow (Justicia americana)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Boneset

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Sweet-Flag

Sweet Flag (Acorus americanus)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
White Turtlehead

White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Horsetail

Horsetail (Equisetum hyemal)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Swamp Lily

String Lily (Crinum americanum)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Spikerush

Spikerush (Eleocharis spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Common rush

Rush (Juncus spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Broadleaf arrowhead, Sagittaria latifolia

Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Summersweet

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land

Monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Buttonbush

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Iris

Iris (Iris spp)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Highbush-Blueberry

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Jewelweed

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Grass-leaf-Blazing-Star

Grass-leaf blazing star (Liatris pilosa)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Rain-Lily

Rain Lily (Zephyranthes atamasca)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Sand Cordgrass

Sand Cordgrass (Spartina bakeri)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Passion-Vine

Passion Vine (Passiflora incarnata)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Indian-Wood-Oats

Indian Wood Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Bloodroot

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land

Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Trillium

Trillium (Trillium spp.)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Black-Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Wild-Columbine

Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Penstemon

Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Scorpions-Tail

Scorpion's Tail (Heliotropium angiospermum)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Muhly-Grass

Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land

Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Fakahatchee-Grass

Fakahatchee Grass (Tripsacum dactyloides)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Foam-Flower

Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
Prostrate-Porterweed

Prostrate Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis)

Growth Type: Shrub
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land

Woolgrass (Scirpus cyperinus)

Growth Type: Grass
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land

Arrow Arum (Peltandra virginica)

Growth Type: Herb
Location:
Bank
Littoral
Land
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