Most Aquatic Plants you can Grow in your Home Garden

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Most Aquatic Plants you can Grow in your Home Garden
Most Aquatic Plants you can Grow in your Home Garden

Most Aquatic Plants you can Grow in your Home Garden

Most Aquatic Plants you can Grow in your Home Garden

Installing a water feature allows you to grow aquatic plants that otherwise could not survive in a typical landscape. We’ve compiled a list of great plants for your pond.

Key: Common name; Latin name; tropical or hardy; native or not to the temperate USA; floating, submerged, lily-like, or marginal; dwarf or moderate in size; spreads rapidly/invasive where hardy, or slower growing; flower color; bloom time (for my pond); edible or not.

1. AzollaAzolla caroliniana, semi-tropical, native, floating, dwarf, spreads rapidly, no flowers, N/A, not edible

2. American frogbitLimnobium spongia, hardy, native, floating, dwarf,slow growing, white, summer, not edible

3. Water hyacinthEichhornia crassipes, tropical, non-native, floating, moderate, extremely invasive where hardy, purple, summer, not edible

4. Water lettucePistia stratoites, tropical, non-native, floating, moderate, extremely invasive where hardy, no flowers, N/A, not edible

5. DuckweedLemna minor, hardy, native, floating, dwarf, spreads rapidly, white (super tiny), summer, edible

6. AnacharisElodea canadensis, hardy, native, submerged, moderate, growth varies, white, summer, not edible (but fish love to eat it!)

7. CabombaCabomba caroliniana, hardy, native, submerged, moderate, vary slow growing, white, summer, not edible

8. HornwortCeratophyllum demersum, hardy, native, submerged, moderate, growth varies, white, summer, not edible

9. Blue bellsRuellia squarrosa, tropical, not native, marginal, moderate, slow growing, blue, summer, not edible

10. Dwarf umbrella palmCyperus alternifolius, ‘Gracilis’, tropical, not native, marginal, dwarf, slow growing, brown, summer, not edible

11. Water celeryOenanthe javanica, hardy, not native, marginal, moderate, extremely invasive where hardy, white, July and August, leaves edible

12. Blue flag irisIris versicolor, hardy, native, marginal, moderate, slow growing, blue, May, not edible

13. ArrowheadSagittaria latifolia, hardy, native, marginal, moderate, slow growing, white, summer, tubers edible

14. Arrow arumPeltandra virginica, hardy, native, marginal, moderate, slow growing, yellow, summer, not edible

15. BogbeanMenyanthes trifoliata, hardy, native, marginal, moderate, slow growing, white, spring, not edible

16. Dwarf cattailTypha minima, hardy, not native, marginal, dwarf, slow growing (though the native Typha latifolia can take over a pond), brown, summer, edible

17. Water clover, many Marsilea species, hardy, not native, marginal, dwarf, varies, no flowers, N/A, not edible

18. Water forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides, hardy, native, marginal, dwarf, varies, blue, spring to fall, not edible

19. Golden clubOrontium aquaticum, hardy, native, marginal, dwarf, slow growing, yellow and white, spring, not edible

20. Lizard tailSaururus cernuus, hardy, native, marginal, moderate, varies, white, June and July, not edible

21. Aquatic mintMentha aquatica, hardy, not native, marginal, dwarf, invasive, purple, summer, edible

22. Dwarf horsetail rushEquisetum scirpoides, hardy, native, marginal, dwarf, slow growing, green, summer, not edible

23. Purple pickerelweedPontederia cordata, hardy, native, marginal, moderate, invasive in some areas, blue, summer, young leaves and seeds edible

24. SweetflagAcorus calamus, hardy, native, marginal, moderate, varies, green, summer, roots and young leaves edible

Plus, we cannot forget (not following the key above)

1. Miniature water lilies, Nymphaea spp. many varieties, many colors, both hardy and tropical species

2. Miniature water lotuses, Nelumbo spp. many varieties, many colors, hardy; if done in tub ponds, best as a tub pond just for the lotus flowers


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