Summer Brings Colors To Dyke Marsh

Dyke Marsh,  a freshwater, tidal marsh on Virginia’s Potomac River shoreline in northern Mount Vernon District, is lush and dotted with colorful plants as the summer is in full bloom. Blooming flowers can be seen throughout the marsh that bloom for one day, die, and then others bloom.

Swamp rose mallow

According to, “The Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve has at least 300 known plant species, some that are considered imperiled in Virginia. In wetlands, many plants are what botanists call “emergents” because they are rooted in the wetland’s sediments, but their leaves and stems extend out of the water. These plants are hydrophytic or specially adapted to live in wet soils.”

As per, “While wetland plants provide aesthetic pleasure to humans and food and shelter for wildlife, they also provide ecological services. For example, they help stabilize the soil, attenuate wave energy, and enhance water quality. “Wetlands are unique areas that have a personality of their own, one that changes greatly from season to season,” wrote Janet Lyons and Sandra Jordan in Walking the Wetlands.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.