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Wednesday - August 14, 2013

From: South Pasadena, CA
Region: California
Topic: Water Gardens, Erosion Control
Title: Erosion control for edge of artificial lake in California
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

How about erosion control at the edge of an artificial lake in Southern California? Juncus and ..?

ANSWER:

The following plants grow in Los Angeles County in wet areas—along ponds and streams or in wet meadows or marshes.  To be certain they will grow on the edge of your pond, please read the GROWING CONDITIONS section on each of the species pages and compare to your site.

Andropogon glomeratus (Bushy bluestem)

Anemopsis californica (Yerba mansa)

Eleocharis montevidensis (Sand spikerush)

Equisetum arvense (Field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale (Canuela)

Hydrocotyle umbellata (Manyflower marshpennywort)

Juncus effusus (Common rush)

Juncus torreyi (Torrey's rush)

Lycopus americanus (American water horehound)

Salix exigua (Coyote willow)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (Softstem bulrush)

Typha latifolia (Broadleaf cattail)

 

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Bushy bluestem
Andropogon glomeratus

Yerba mansa
Anemopsis californica

Sand spikerush
Eleocharis montevidensis

Field horsetail
Equisetum arvense

Canuela
Equisetum hyemale

Manyflower marshpennywort
Hydrocotyle umbellata

Common rush
Juncus effusus

Torrey's rush
Juncus torreyi

American water horehound
Lycopus americanus

Coyote willow
Salix exigua

Softstem bulrush
Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani

Broadleaf cattail
Typha latifolia

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