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Old 04-24-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chicago Illinois USA

I live surrounded by a street and two alleys with a fire department for a neighbor. Street salt combined with sharp sand is heavy all winter long.
Barriers like a wooden fence help keep out the salt spray mix. But in front where plows sometimes leave snow, only grass grows. Along one side an open fence allows salt spray to enter, it is also shady and dry. So we grow Symphoricarpos albus/common snowberry. Considered aggressive(not invasive) this is a good trait kept in check buy the conditions. While not showy it is hardy and the bees love the all summer long covering of nectar and pollen rich tiny flowers.
I like hearing what others do to combat salt problems, so please keep us informed as you go.

Intersting information...

Hort-Pro - Salt Tolerant Plants
Wetland Plants Salt Tolerant Plant List
SULIS - Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series: U of MN.

Herbaceous Plants with Moderate Salt-Tolerance

Scientific name Common name
Aquilegia micrantha Cliff columbine
Calamagrostis acutifolia'Karl Foerster' Karl Foerster reed grass
Dianthus pulminarious'Allwood' Helen Allwood pinks
Dianthus x 'Little Boy Blue' Little Boy Blue pinks
Dianthus gratianopolitanus Spotti pinks
Lotus corniculatus Bird's foot trefoil
Machaeranthera xylorrhiza Common woody aster
Schizachyrium scoparium Little bluestem
Waldsteinia fragarioides Barren strawberry

Scientific name Common name
Artemisia schmidtiana 'Sliver Mound' Silver mound
Festuca 'Elijah Blue' Elijah Blue
Hosta spp. Hosta
Hemerocallis 'Stella d'Oro' Stella d'oro daylily
Hemerocallis fulva Tawny daylily
Helleborus orientalis Lenten rose
Heuchera micrantha 'Palace Purple' Palace Purple coral bells
Oenothera caespitosa Evening primrose
Sedum spectabile 'AutumnJoy' Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Sphaeralcea coccinea Prairie mallow
Yucca glauca Soapweed

CSU Cooperative Extension Tri River Area

Flowers and their salt tolerances
High to Moderate - 6 to 8 mmhos
Aquilegia micrantha - Cliff Columbine
Machaeranthera xylorrhiza - Common Woody Aster
Psilostrophe bakerii - Paperflower
Stanley pinnata - Prince's Plume - a good indication that the soil is high in selenium

Moderate Salt Tolerance - 4 to 6 mmhos
Fallugia paradoxa - Common Apache
Oenothera caespitosa - Tufted Evening Primrose
Sphaeralcea coccinea - Scarlet Globemallow
Yucca elata Soaptree - Yucca
Yucca glauca - Small Soapweed

Slightly Tolerant - 2 to 4 mmhos
Argemone species - Prickly Poppies
Calochorutus species - Mariposa Lilly
Chyrsopsis villosa - Hairy Goldenaster
Gallardia pennatifida - Cutleaf Blanketflower
Mentzelia species - Blazing Stars
Physaria australus - Twinpod
Grasses and other Ground Covers and their salt tolerances
High tolerance - 14 to 18 mmhos
Agropyron elongatum - Tall Wheatgrass
Agropyron smithii - Western Wheatgrass
Distichlis - Saltgrass
Elymus triticoides - Beardless wildrye
Lotus corniculatus = Birdsfoot trefoil - a legume
Puccinellia - alkaligrass
Sporobolus airoides - Alkali sacaton

Moderately High - 12 to 8 mmhos
Bromus marginatus - Mountain brome
Lolium perenne - Perennial ryegrass
Melilotus alba - White sweet clover
Melilotus officinalis - Yellow sweet clover
Trifolium fragiferum - Strawberry clover

Moderate - 8 to 4 mmhos
Agropyron cristatum - Crested Wheatgrass
Agropyron riparium - Streambank Wheatgrass
Agropyron trachycaulum - Slender Wheatgrass
Arrhenatherum elatium - Tall meadow oatgrass
Bromus inermis - Smooth brome
Buchloe dactyloides - Buffalograss
Dactylis glomerata - Orchardgrass
Elymus giganteus - Mammoth wildrye
Elymus junceus - Russian wildrye
Festuca arundinacea - Tall Fescue
Medicago sativa - Alfalfa
Phalaris arundinacea - Reed Canarygrass
Low salt Tolerance

Alopecurus pratensis - Meadow foxtail
Festuca rubra - Red fescue
Festuca elatior - Meadow fescue
Poa pratensis - Kentucky Bluegrass
Trifolium pratense - Red clover
Trifolium repens - White clover

Problems with sand in salt mix.
Local News | Sand on roads worse than salt, scientists say | Seattle Times Newspaper
More cities skipping the sand when salting roads
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