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Our house in the NC Piedmont is on a urban creek that floods about once/year, usually in hurricane season. Our "back 40" is wooded and we mostly ignore it, but I would love to turn it into a miniature forest garden. It is mostly made up of smallish hardwoods and alot of the undergrowth is an invasive type of honeysuckle shrub. The soil is like a sand box. We do have some interesting spring ephemerals - spring beauties, mayapple, trout lily. Otherwise it's pretty boring, would appreciate suggestions of any useful type of plant especially food, medicinal, and pollinator plants.
 
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things that come to mind that would do well in a once a year flooding understory are things that don't mind having their feet wet. do you have a patch of wild ramps? if so, you could tend and expand it. other things in the allium family (wild onions, chives, leeks, garlic bulbs) may also do well.

nettles are a big one that have delicious and nutritious greens that can be cut a couple times a year for soups and tea. their leaves are some of the most densely packed nutrient rich medicines around!

meadowsweet may do well with all the moisture - a famous strewing herb, it also has various medicinal components (can take a fever down) and is absolutely beautiful. good pollinator as well. Jerusalem artichokes also do well in just about any environment and will keep you in tubers for a lifetime!
 
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Mulberry, elderberry, blackberry, Black Willow, Canada Onion, maybe Linden. Hazelnuts?

 
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I have a similar problem on back acreage near creek.   I am currently watching stuff die, I plant new things back there every year to see how it fares and a foot of rain in the last week....well stuff's dying.  
 I do grow elderberries, mullberry trees, may-haw trees, Chickasaw plum trees and some pawpaws back there.   They are all getting big now and get flooded several times a year.
 
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