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Wednesday - April 01, 2009

From: Bossier City, LA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Grasses or Grass-like, Herbs/Forbs, Shrubs
Title: Plants for near a salt water swimming pool
Answered by: Nan Hampton


I need some suggestions of plants that will grow next to a public salt water swimming pool, located in Bossier City, Louisiana


Mr. Smarty Plants found the following plants that are salt tolerant and are known to grow in Bossier Parrish, Louisiana.  These should do well next to your saltwater swimming pool.

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)

Baccharis halimifolia (eastern baccharis)

Aralia spinosa (devil's walkingstick)

Erythrina herbacea (redcardinal)

Morella cerifera (wax myrtle)

Teucrium canadense (Canada germander)

Tripsacum dactyloides (eastern gamagrass)

Vaccinium arboreum (farkleberry)

Asclepias tuberosa

Baccharis halimifolia

Aralia spinosa

Erythrina herbacea

Morella cerifera

Teucrium canadense

Tripsacum dactyloides

Vaccinium arboreum



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