What Are Some Plants That Love Wet Soil?

The following list contains some of the most common types of plants that love wet soil. They are not all alike. There are many varieties out there. These are just the ones I have seen or used myself. You may have your own favorites!

Cacti and succulents (including cactus ferns) love wet soils. They grow well in almost any type of soil.

They will even thrive in very dry climates. Cacti and succulents are often called “water lilies” because they do not need much water at all when grown under normal circumstances. However, if you live in a desert area where rainfall is scarce, then these plants might require watering more frequently than other plants would. If you have a lot of cacti and succulents growing near each other, it might cause problems with root rot.

Some plants such as ferns, sunflowers, dahlias and other evergreen trees like wet soil. Evergreens need plenty of moisture to survive so they are sometimes called “wet grasses.” Some people prefer them over cacti and succulents because they don’t require as much care when grown under normal circumstances.

They can be grown in clay soil or loose soil – though it’s best if you mix sand, loam, and compost into the soil first. I have a few ferns, sunflowers, dahlias and evergreen trees myself and they are growing very well.

Mosses and liverworts also prefer wet soil. They usually grow on damp rocks, bark, fallen trees and other damp places.

It takes a lot of water to kill them. They also can survive in very wet or very dry conditions. They are hard to kill so they are often used in aquariums and terrariums. I have a small patch of moss growing near my pond and it is doing very well.

Other plants that like wet soil include bamboo, blueberries, azaleas, holly, wildflowers and many others. It just depends on your climate and what you like!

Is This Information Accurate?

Sources & references used in this article:

Water uptake in green roof microcosms: effects of plant species and water availability by D Wolf, JT Lundholm – Ecological Engineering, 2008 – Elsevier

Soil resources and plant communities of the central Brazilian cerrado and their development by PA Furley, JA Ratter – Journal of Biogeography, 1988 – JSTOR

Some like it wet—biological characteristics underpinning tolerance of extreme water stress events in Antarctic bryophytes by J Wasley, SA Robinson, CE Lovelock, M Popp – Functional plant biology, 2006 – CSIRO

Adaptations to flooding in plants from river areas by C Blom, GM Bögemann, P Laan, AJM Van der Sman… – Aquatic Botany, 1990 – Elsevier

Maintenance of water uptake and reduced water loss contribute to water stress tolerance of Spiraea alba Du Roi and Spiraea tomentosa L. by KM Stanton, MV Mickelbart – Horticulture research, 2014 – nature.com

Effects of raised water levels on wet grassland plant communities by SE Toogood, CB Joyce – Applied vegetation science, 2009 – Wiley Online Library

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