DO YOU KNOW YOUR AQUATIC PLANTS?

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Every water gardener has their favorite aquatic plants, but how well do you know the varieties available?  Test your aquatic plant knowledge by taking our short quiz!  See if you can identify these beauties by their photo and description. (Answers at the end.)
 

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The feathery fronds of this plant make an impressive statement when used along waterfalls. As it grows, it cascades over the rocks providing a lacy green touch of interest. Pinch it off during the growing season and you’ll have more plants to use along the edges or stream.
 

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Part of a large family of what are commonly called waterlily-like plants, their leaves float at the surface of the water while the roots are anchored in soil below – much like the habit of a waterlily. This plant is constantly reproducing, spreading runners out along the surface of the pond.  Available in white, yellow, and orange blooms.
 

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This little plant is great for concealing edges and works well in shallow areas of the pond or stream. It softens the look of the pond’s edge and is easy to manage. Delightful, small yellow flowers add pops of color to your water feature.
 

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A beautiful plant consisting of red and green diamond-shaped leaves in 3-6″ wide rosettes. In the summer, this floating plant produces sunny yellow cup-shaped flowers. Easy to grow, the plant provides a place for your finned friends to hide underneath.
 

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Truly stunning creatures in the water garden, these bloomers are often the reason why many gardeners add a pond to their landscape. These beauties are characterized by amazing flowers representing all colors in the light spectrum … red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (including the collective white), and a number of shades in between. Available in both hardy and tropical varieties.
 

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Purple flowers bloom on this aromatic plant in late summer/early fall.  It’s attractive to butterflies and bees and is often selected for the water garden due to its pretty foliage. It grows 2-3’ high.
 

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Grown along the edges of a pond or stream, this striking plant gets its name from the appearance of its drooping flower stalks. Dark green, heart-shaped leaves grow about 5 inches long. This plant is a popular perennial that blooms from June to September.
 

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Fuzzy green rosettes with dangling roots float on the surface of the pond, soaking up nutrients in the water which helps to prevent excessive growth of algae. A mass of them shades the water, helping to keep pond water cool during hot summer months while providing protection for your fish from predators.
 

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This quirky plant lends a punch of personality to the pond and can be planted in shallow edges up to 4”. The twisted grass-type plant comes in many varieties such as “Blue Medusa” and “Unicorn.”
 

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This charmer’s leaves float on the surface of the pond while trailing vines spread under the water. An easy grower, this plant is great for surface coverage and algae elimination.  It also provides protection for your fish from predators. Although pretty, it can be invasive.
 

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This dainty flowering plant thrives along the edges of a pond and in the streambed. This perennial’s tiny blue flowers bloom all summer long. Tuck it between rocks to soften the edges of your pond.
 

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Only two species of this plant exist … American and Asiatic. Grown and bred for centuries, these two species have resulted in numerous hybrids that range in size and color. The flowers are gorgeous in appearance and the leaves are also quite striking. Typically grown in pots, inside or outside of the pond.
 

Answers

  1. Parrots Feather 
  2. Water Snowflake
  3. Creeping Jenny
  4. Mosaic Plant
  5. Waterlilies
  6. Aquatic Mint
  7. Lizards Tail
  8. Water Lettuce
  9. Corkscrew Rush 
  10. Water Clover
  11. Forget Me Not
  12. Lotus
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Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and non brand name paper towels

One Response to 'DO YOU KNOW YOUR AQUATIC PLANTS?'

Laura O'Connell
April 13, 2016, 3:49 pm

Great information. I’ve been wanting to get a few new plants for my small pond. Thanks for the ideas!

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