Aquatic Plants

A Plant that grows partly or wholly in water rooted in the mud, as a lotus. An aquatic plant may experience abundant soil moisture during the entire growing season. The way in which living aquatic plants are treated will have an impact on the case at which they can be established in new surroundings. You should always handle them carefully.

  • Amazon lily
    Truly a plant to wow your friends and neighbors, Amazon lily is nothing short of magnificent. In a large pond, this plant's leaves can reach 6 feet across and are covered in spiny prickles. The flowers, which appear in summer, start as thorn-covered
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  • Arrowhead
    Arrowhead is an easy-care water plant perfect for adding a tropical feel to water gardens. This tough perennial bears attractive, arrow-shaped foliage and clusters of three-petaled white flowers. The leaves grow longer and more tapered in deeper
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  • Blue pickerel weed
    This broad-leafed water plant thrives at the edges of a pond, and produces an abundance of lavender-blue flower spikes through the summer. Blue pickerel is a vigorous grower that sends its glossy leaves as much as 3 feet above the waterline.
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  • Cattail
    Cattails provide a tall, textured background along the margins of a water garden and also serve as perches for small birds and dragonflies. The fuzzy heads are actually seed capsules that form after the greenish flowers fade. Cattails have been
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  • Duckweed
    Duckweed forms a fast-growing cover over pond and other water garden surfaces. Its free-floating network of disc-shape leaves spreads in a textured mat that looks like thyme foliage. The leaves, actually fronds, send out new foliage from their
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  • Fairy moss
    Koi love to nibble on the soft, fuzzy foliage of fairy moss. It floats freely on the surface, shading the water as it spreads to help cut down on algae growth. Its colorful fall leaf display is a great bonus; the foliage darkens to purple-red at
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  • Lotus
    The sacred flower of Asian countries launches huge plate-sized leaves from underwater stems and then unfurls spectacular, multipetaled flowers. As the blooms open, they reveal a crown of golden stamens that gradually gives way to a large ornamental
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  • Marsh marigold
    This flower likes wet conditions so much that it's often recommended for bog and water gardens where it lights things up with bright yellow flowers. A native of wetlands, marsh marigold forms foot-tall mounds of foliage topped with 1- to 2-inch-wide
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  • Papyrus
    Papyrus sends out sprays of leaves that jut out from the stems like a fireworks display. The leafy clusters may form plantlets that you can separate and grown individually. Grow papyrus in a weighted pot so that the stems rise above the water
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  • Parrot's feather
    Parrot's feather is a versatile plant that you can grow underwater (to add oxygen, give fish a place to hide, and cut down on algae in ponds), floating above the water, or in wet soil at water's edge. It earned its moniker from its dense plumes of
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  • Pitcher plant
    Pitcher plants are one of those cool carnivorous plants; they can devour insects. But don't let this amazing fact overshadow their inherent beauty. They produce fascinating pendant chartreuse or purple flowers in spring. Pitcher plants are
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  • Sweet flag
    Although sweet flag looks like a grass, it is in a family by itself. Like grasses, though, sweet flags are grown for their textural foliage, especially the boldly variegated types. The plants grow best in moist soil and may even grow in several
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  • Thalia
    Colorful and tall, this cousin of the canna develops huge leaves that turn gold in the fall. Its flowers are perched in bunches atop tall stems and add wonderful texture to water gardens. The plant dominates the pond with its far-reaching foliage,
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  • Water clover
    Water clover looks lucky and lives up to its name because of its floating leaves. This versatile plant thrives in just about any water garden, even in shade, making it a great choice for beginning water gardeners.
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  • Water hyacinth
    A jewel in the water garden but invasive in waterways, water hyacinth is a pond fish's best friend, providing shelter and feeding area. Rosettes of glossy green leaves float leisurely across a pond, gradually covering the surface and sending down
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  • Water lettuce
    This water plant is grown for its beautiful, velvety foliage that really does resemble a dense carpet of lettuce heads flowering on the water. It can be an important plant for ponds as it shades the water and gives small fish a place to hide. In
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  • Water lily
    Water lilies offer a floating mat of foliage crowned with resplendent blooms that open every morning, then close for the afternoon (though night-blooming water lilies open at night and close every morning). Each bloom generally lasts 3-4 days, and
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  • Water snowflake
    _Nympohides_ is a charming plant to float in the water garden, both for its fringed, snowflake-like flowers and bunches of glossy, heart-shape leaves. The white form is tender, but in cold climates, you can overwinter it by bringing pots indoors or
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