Shallow Water, Floating & Lily-like Pond Plants

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This article will tell you about shade-loving plants for your garden pond.
by Brett · All Zones · Aquatic Plants · 0 Comments · January 28, 2011 · 9,641 views

Shallow Water Plants

Acorus calamus variegates (Variegated Sweetflag) - This plant has iris-like foliage with white and green stripes. It grows to 36 inches and is hardy zones 4-11.

Colocasia antiquorum (Imperial Taro) - These heart shaped taro leaves are purple and green. It grows to 3'-4'. It is hardy zones 9-11.

Colocasia esculenta (Black Magic Taro)- This taro's foliage is very dark and can grow up to 6'. It is hardy zones 9-11.

Colocasia esculenta 'Ruffles' (Ruffles Taro) - This taro's foliage has 'ruffles' on the edges of the leaves. It thrives in shade to partial shade and can grow up to 8 ft in height. Ruffles Taro is hardy zones 7-10.

Cypress alternifolius (Umbrella Palm) - This popular plant grows up to 5' and is hardy zones 8-11.

Houttuynia cordata variegata (Chameleon Plant) - This small plant grows to 12 inches with multi-colored foliage. It is hardy zones 5-11.

Hydrocotyle vericillata (Water Pennywort) - This spreading plant's small umbrella shaped leaves grow up to 12 inches. It is hardy zones 5-11.

Iris Louisiana - These irises are available in black, red, white, and blue. The spring bloomers are hardy in zones 5-11 and grow to 24 inches.

Juncus effusus spiralis (Corkscrew Rush) - This plant has coiled foliage that grows to 24 inches. It is hardy zones 3-8.

Lobelia fulgens (Cardinal Flower) - This plant's bright red flowers appear in summer. It grows to 36 inches and is hardy zones 5-11.

Mentha aquatica (Aquatic Mint, Water Mint) - This plant grows up to 12 inches and is hardy zones 6-11.

Myriophyllum aquatica (Parrot's Feather) - This feather-like plant floats over the water. It is hardy zones 6-11.

Neptunia aquatica (Sensitive Plant) - This plant's Mimosa-like leaves close at the touch. Its yellow flowers appear in summer. It grows to 6 inches and is hardy zones 9-11.

Orontium aquaticum (Golden Club) - This plant grows up to 12 inches and is hardy zones 5-10. It has velvety foliage. Its yellow spikes appear in spring.

Peltandra virginica (Arrow Arum) - This plant grows to 24 inches and is hardy zones 5-9. Its foliage resembles that of an arrowhead.

Pontederia cordota (Pickerel Rush)- This plant has heart shaped foliage. It's spikes of blue or white flowers appear in summer. It is hardy zones 3-11.

Saururus cernuus (Lizard's Tail) - This plant grows to 36 inches. Its white flowers appear in spring & last through summer. It is hardy zones 4-10.

Sagittaria graminea 'Crushed Ice' (Crushed Ice) - This plant will grow to 24 inches, it flowers in spring but has beautiful very light green and dark green foliage. It is hardy in zones 4-11.

Floating Plants

These plants require no potting and freely float on the surface of your pond.

Azolla caroliniana (Fairy Moss) - This is a small free floater with green and red foliage. It is hardy zones 8-11.

Limnobium spongia (Frogbit) - This floater has small round leaves and is hardy zones 6-11.

Pistia stratioites (Water Lettuce) - The leaves of this floater resemble lettuce leaves. It is hardy zones 9-11.

Lily-Like Aquatics

Aponogeton distachyus (Water Hawthorne) - This lily-like plant has elliptical leaves and white flowers. It flowers in spring and fall and goes dormant in the summer. It is hardy zones 6-9.

Marsilea Mutica (4-Leaf Clover)- This running plant has 4-leaf clover leaves that float on the water surface. It is hardy zones 6-11.


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