Floating and deep water plants
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Aponogeton desertorum
A rarely offered species with unusual twin white flowers. Slow growing but seeds quite prolifically. You will receive a generous clump of seedlings which will take a year or two to reach flowering size.
• Depth to 60cm
Aponogeton distachyos (water hawthorn)
A very pretty plant with oval floating leaves and slightly scented white bean-like flowers produced in profusion in spring and autumn. In spring-fed ponds this plant can flower all year round (and does here). Unfortunately not native, but widely naturalised. Spreads vegetatively and by seed. Prefers cooler water 0.6-2.0 metres deep.

Hydrocharis morsus-ranae (frogbit)
a sweet little floating plant like a mini water lily; flowers with a small white flower. Available from about mid-May; it overwinters as tiny dormant buds on the pond bottom and does not appear till then. The only native floating plant apart from the duckweeds. Portions will be miserly early in the season but will become more generous once it gets going.
Lemna (duckweed)
This is a pest to me and if you're sure you want some just ask. I have L. minor, L polyrrhiza and L. trisulca (ivy leaved duckweed). If this is all you want then postage and handling will be charged at the basic rate. This will be MIXED; life’s too short to be separating individual fronds of duckweed, especially for free.
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Marsilea mutica
Attractive marbled four leaf clover type leaves form dainty circular patches on the surface. Late to start into growth and prefers warmer conditions. Quite vigorous and gets about a bit. Depth to 60cm
Marsilea quadrifolia
A native aquatic fern resembling four leaf clover. Very adaptable in terms of depth, will grow in damp soil or in up to 60cm of water. Vigorous, spreading rapidly by runners.
Nuphar advenum (spatterdock)
the American species, similar to our native one below, with the same characteristics.
Nuphar lutea (brandy bottle)
a native fast growing lily with a small globe shaped yellow flower with a faintly alcoholic smell. Very vigorous and only suitable for large ponds, where it may still need some control. Tolerates some shade. Best depth 1-2 metres.
Nymphoides peltata (water fringe, fringed water lily)
Not really a lily at all but actually related to bogbean. A very fast spreading plant, with floating lily-like leaves crumpled at the margins on long trailing stems, rooting at the nodes on shallow water and supporting a large number of yellow flowers about 5cm across in summer. Only suitable for large ponds.
Potamogeton natans
long rooted stems support oval leaves floating on the surface, but will grow to great depths - up to 3 metres. Flowers are like small greenish bottle brushes. Spreads by seeding and only suitable for large ponds.
Stratiotes aloides (Water soldier)
This one really is native despite its tropical look. Named because it overwinters on the bottom of the pond then rises to the surface in spring, looking like a large pineapple top with purplish tinges to the emergent leaves. Occasional white flowers may be seen. Where it is happy it will reproduce, making mini plantlets on the end of runners like a spider plant.


These are available to order from mid-May to August and include:
Hydrocleys: water poppy
Limnobium: tropical frogbit
Pistia: water lettuce
Salvinia: Angels wings
Trapa: water chestnut

Please note that these will not survive winter outdoors and require a winter temperature of at least 10c to survive and 20c to keep in good condition.


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