Household greywater wetlands
October 13, 2005 12:57 PM   Subscribe

If someone were interested in building a greywater wetland on their property, what sort of plants would be required?

Based on the information from this site, indigenous plant species that will last through a local climate are an absolute must. So, does anyone know what types of plants would work in southern Ontario?
posted by purephase to Science & Nature (5 answers total)
purephase-I did a post a while back about the New Alchemists that has a bunch of links to stuff about living machines. They did there work at Wood's Hole, so the climate was probably fairly similar. You might dig through it (it's fascinating if you're interested in this stuff whether or not you can garner specific recs.)
posted by OmieWise at 1:16 PM on October 13, 2005

A local greenhouse / nursery should be able to point you towards some wetland "indigenous plant species that will last through a local climate". (Even if they don't get the purpose you're wanting them for).
posted by raedyn at 1:30 PM on October 13, 2005

Stating the obvious, but you could go look around [wet|muck]lands in your area and note anything you like. Going at different times of the year will provide different results. As a bonus, you may be able to collect your own sample plants.
posted by kc0dxh at 2:00 PM on October 13, 2005

Due to the ice and snow in Dallas, Tx. Many people with backyard pond/marsh move the plants affected by a freeze indoors, garage or other area sheltering the outdoor elements. A child's wading pool makes a great planter during these months.
posted by thomcatspike at 2:31 PM on October 13, 2005

Just make sure that any of those lovely plants in the local wetlands are actually native species and not a noxious weed.
posted by luneray at 2:32 PM on October 13, 2005

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