Plant Guide: Shade To Part Shade - Wet To Moist Soil

Trees, shrubs, vines and perennials that are naturally found in shade to part shade and wet to moist soils.
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Updated: January 26, 2017

Plant Guide: Shade To Part Shade - Wet To Moist Soil

Sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana)

Trees

Scientific Name
Common Name
HeightLightMoisture
Asimina trilobaPawpaw
15-30 ft
Pt. shade
Moist
Cornus alternifolia
Pagoda Dogwood
15-25 ftPt. shadeMoist
Carpinus caroliniana
American Hornbeam
15-30 ftPt. shadeMoist
Magnolia virginiana
Sweetbay Magnolia
12-30 ft
Shade/sun
Wet/Moist
Tsuga canadensis
Eastern Hemlock
40-80 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Wet/Moist

Shrubs

Scientific Name
Common Name
HeightLightMoisture
Clethra alnifolia
Summersweet
4-10 ft
Shade/sunWet/moist
Euonymus americanus
Strawberry-bush
6-12 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Ilex glabra
Inkberry
6-10 ft
Shade/sun
Wet/moist
Lindera benzoin
Spicebush
6-12 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Wet/moist
Rhododendron maximum
Rosebay Rhododendron
5-20 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Wet/moist

Perennials and Ferns

Scientific Name
Common Name
HeightLightMoisture
Adiantum pedatumMaidenhair Fern1-2 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Arisaema triphyllumJack-in-the-pulpit1-3 ftShade/pt. shadeWet/moist
Aruncus dioicus
Goat's-beard3-6 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Wet/moist
Asarum canadenseWild Ginger6-12 inches
Shade
Moist
Athyrium filix-feminaLady Fern1-3 ft
Pt. shade
Wet/moist
Cimicifuga racemosa
Black Cohosh
2-8 ft
Shade/pt. shadeMoist
Dicentra exima
Bleeding Heart
1-2 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Erythronium americanum
Dogtooth Violet
6-12 inches
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Impatiens capensis
Jewelweed
1-5 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Wet/moist
Iris cristata
Dwarf Crested Iris
4-8 inches
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Ostrich Fern
3-5 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Wet/moist
Mertensia virginica
Virginia Bluebells
1-2 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Onoclea sensibilis
Sensitive Fern
1-3 ft
Shade/sun
Wet/moist
Osmunda cinnamomeaCinnamon Fern
2-5 ft
Shade/sun
Wet/moist
Osmunda regalis
Royal Fern
2-4 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Wet/moist
Phlox stolonifera
Creeping Phlox
6-12 inches
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Polemonium reptans
Jacob's Ladder
1-2 ft
Shade/pt. shadeMoist
Polygonatum biflorum
Solomon's Seal
1-4 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Polystichum acrostichoides
Christmas Fern
1-2 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Sanguinaria canadensis
Bloodroot
6-12 inches
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Senecio aureus
(Packera aurea)
Golden Ragwort
1-2 ft
Shade/sun
Wet/moist
Smilacena racemosa
False Solomon's Seal
1-3 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Stylophorum diphyllum
Celandine Poppy
1-2 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist
Tiarella cordifolia
Foam Flower
6-12 inches
Shade/sun
Moist
Tradescantia virginiana
Spiderwort
1-3 ft
Shade/sun
Moist
Trillium grandiflorum
Showy Trillium
1-2 ft
Shade/pt. shade
Moist