ORNAMENTAL WATER PLANTS
Ornamentals prices change from year to year. This is simply a list of the water plants available in the Northwest. Some are tropical and require special care. This is a map of planting zones.
SHALLOW WATER PLANTS (MARGINAL PLANTS)
ZONES 2 THROUGH 10
Acorus sp. A useful genus of plants generally known as sweet flags. They look like iris plants in structure, and will grow in moist soil to shallow water. Insignificant flowers.
*A. calamus (sweet flag) Z3. 3'. Leaves and roots have strong, sweet aroma when crushed; known historically for its medicinal properties.
*A. c. 'Variegata' (variegated sweet flag) As above, but with attractive vertical variegation.
*A. gramineus 'Ogon' Z4. 6"-12". Beautiful green and gold striped foliage. Excellent for foreground planting and is a great choice for any pond.
Acrostichum danaeifolium (Florida leather fern) Z9. 4-10'. Striking large tropical fern. Makes great specimen plant. Winter over as houseplant.
*Aeschynomene fluitans (giant sensitive fern) Z9. 6". Larger than standard sensitive plant, with brick red hairy stems and yellow pea-shaped blooms. Leaves close slowly when touched. Sold rooted in 2 gallon pot (also sold bare root in the “Floating Aquatic Plants" section).
*Alisma plantago-aquatica (water plantain, water baby's breath) Z5. 2'. Broad leaved shallow water aquatic. Numerous small white flowers on tall, multi-branched stems. Flower sprays resemble baby's breath.
Alternanthera sessilis (ruby runner) Z9. 1'. Small broadleaf plant with stunning ruby red stems and foliage.
*Arundo donax 'Variegata' (variegated Mediterranean reed, variegated giant reed) Z5. 6-8'. A striking bamboo-like reed with heavy white variegation. Forms magnificent clumps when established. Handsome pam pas-like plumes on mature plants. Keep crown below ice.
*Bacopa caroliniana (lemon bacopa) Z9. 6". Small leaved spreading plant for shallow water. Small blue flowers all summer. Crushed leaves have lemon aroma.
*Bacopa lenagera (variegated bacopa) Z9. 6". Blue flowering bacopa with a soft netting of white variegation on foliage. Nice.
*Baumea rubiginosa 'Variegata' (variegated striped rush) Z5. 3-4'. Stiff green rush with vertical yellow stripes, usually evergreen. Strong, crisp vertical accent.
*Butomus umbellatus (pink flowering rush) Z4. 2-3'. Flat clusters of small, pretty pink flowers amid triangular reed-like foliage. Foliage tips may burn in hot sun; keep cool in partial shade or under 6+" of water. Not sold in Washington State.
*Caltha palustris (marsh marigold) Z2. 5-12'. Multiple buttercup-like yellow blossoms in early spring. Likes some shade or cool running water in hot weather.
Caitha palustris 'Plena' (double flowering marsh marigold) Z2. r5-12". Fluffy yellow flowers in early spring. Does best in cool running water or partial shade.
Caitha polypetala (giant marsh marigold) Z4. 12-24". Multiple buttercup- like yellow blossoms in early spring. Often blooms again late summer or fall. Likes some shade or cool running water in hot weather, but performs much better in summer heat than Caltha palustris.
Canna sp. Z8 in water, Z7 in the ground. Semi-tropical plants with broad leaves and showy summer flowers. Two species are aquatic, and several hybrids are water tolerant. Cannas winter best out of water; store almost dry in cool, frost-protected place, drop into a hole dug in the garden, or use as a house plant under good indoor lighting. Put in pond once leaves are high enough to be out of the water.
Canna 'Australia' Z8. 5-6'. Red blooms with very deep, red foliage. Wow! A must have for the canna connoisseur!
*Canna 'Bengal Tiger' (variegated water canna, Pretoria canna) Z8. 5'. Large leaves, strongly striped with yellow. Beautiful fluorescent orange blooms above striking foliage.
Canna 'Black Knight' Z8. 5-6'. Red blooms with burgundy foliage. Attractive and very popular.
Canna 'Cleopatra' Z8. 4-5'. Luscious green foliage unpredictably striped with deep red. Yellow blooms interspersed with red and red/yellow blooms. Popular water canna.
*Canna Longwood Hybrids Z.-8. 5-6'. Best water canna, with more slender leaves than standard. Yellow, pink or salmon (orange) blooms. Specify colors when ordering.
Canna 'Pink Sunburst' (Pink Sunburst canna) Z8. 4'. Nice newer var iegated canna. Foliage is strongly variegated with a distinct pink blush, and the blooms are a solid pink.
Canna 'Stuttgart' (Stuttgart canna) Z8. 5-7'. Eye-catching large blocks of solid white irregularly splashed on green. Small peachy flowers in summer. The white sunburns easily, so light shade is recommended. Adding extra magnesium to the soil will help prevent sunbum.
Carex nigra (black flowering sedge) Z5. 2'. Greyish narrow-leafed foliage forms attractive, gracefully arching clumps, black flowers.
*Carex riparia 'Variegata' (variegated sedge). Z5. 2'. Striking white and green variegated leaves until mid summer, when variegation slowly fades. Black flowers in spring. Beautiful.
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) Z4. Up to 15'. Waxy foliage on Sm. to med. shrub. White “Sputnik" style globe fLow ers in summer. May be pot restricted or pruned to keep small.
*Colocasia antiquorum (Imperial taro) Z9. 3'. Dark green elephant ear leaves with velvety black markings.
*Colocasia esculenta (green taro) Z8. 3-5'. Large velvet elephant ear leaves. The classic elephant ear, and the hardiest.
*Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' ('Black Magic' taro) Z9. 4-5'. Leaves and sterns almost entirely black. Awesome.
*Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesia' (violet stemmed taro) Z9. 4'. Violet stems contrast with bold dark green leaves. Makes a nice tropical speci men plant.
*Cyperus alternifolius (umbrella palm) Z7. 3-5'. Flat, grassy umbrella- like heads of leaves atop slender stems. May be wintered indoors as house plant in Z6 or colder.
*Cyperus alternifolius 'Gracilis' (dwarf umbrella palm) Z7. 2-3'. Slender, more graceful version of umbrella palm. Grows smaller than standard species.
*Cyperus giganteus (giant papyrus) Z8. 8-10'. More upright than Egyptian papyrus, larger heads; has a clumping habit, rather than Egyptian's running habit. Very nice.
*Cyperus haspan (dwarf papyrus) Z9. 2'. Dwarf version of papyrus. Tight mophead leaves grow small plantlets.
*Cyperus longus (umbrella grass) Z5. 3-4'. Umbrella-like foliage, yellow- green flowers. Makes a good specimen plant, arching gracefully when full. Our hardiest Cyperus
Cyperus papyrus (Egyptian paper plant) Z8. 8-10'. A very showy plant used by the ancient Egyptians to make paper. Large upright stems are topped by floppy mop-like heads.
*Dichromena colorata (star grass) .Z7. 1-2'. Star-shaped white blooms last and last through the summer above grassy foliage. Very popular.
*Dulichium arundinaceum (dwarf bamboo) .Z6. 18-24". Slim, clumping bamboo-like foliage; tolerates shade well.
*Dulichium arundinaceum 'Tigress' (variegated dwarf bamboo) .Z6. 18-24". Striking variegated dwarf bamboo with white stripes along the leaf margins and on the stems. Very impressive and exciting new intro duction.
*Echinodorus cordifolia 'Marble Queen' (marble queen sword plant) Z5. 1-2'. A creamy white and green form of sword plant with broad, stout leaves. Small white flowers on long, curved sprays which produce young sword plants.
*Eleocharis tuberosa (Chinese water chestnut) Z7-8. 2-3'. Round, hollow reed-like stems. Produces a tuber used in Asian cooking.
*Eleftaria cardamomum (smell-me plant) Z1 0. 4-6'. Ginger relative, likes partial shade to heavy shade. Leaves 2nd rhizomes have a delightfully spicy aroma. White flowers with pink stripes. Seeds used as a culinary spice. Winter inside as a house plant.
*Equisetum diffusum (dwarf ponytail) Z7. 6-12" Dwarf equisetum with very branched, almost fernlike foliage. Sun or shade. Moist soil to shallow water.
*Equisetum hymale 'Robustum' (horsetail) Z4. 3+' Large cultivar of the hollow, jointed stem reed, green with black at joints. Also called scouring rush. Evergreen.
*Equisetum scirpoides (dwarf horsetail) Z5. 6-12". Typical stiff upright stems on a dwarf equisetum. Evergreen. Sun or shade. Moist soil to shallow water.
*Eriophorum angustifolium (cotton grass) Z6. 1'. Grassy, evergreen
*Glyceria maxima aquatica (variegated manna grass) Z5. 2'. Multi branched, wide leaved grass with foliage variegated in green, white, cream and pink. Creeping habit.
Hibiscus Z5 - 7. Large, showy flowers of white, pink or red on beautiful foliage. Cultivars range in size from 4to 8 feet. A wonderful addition to the pond or bog garden. Assorted species and named cultivars.
Hippuris ssp. (feathery mare's tail) Z6. 6-8". Attractive British native, with feathery stems and leaves very similar to parrot's feather.
*Houttuynia cordata 'Variegata' (chameleon plant) Z6. 6-12". Beautiful, multicolored leaves of red, yellow, white and blue-green. Small white flowers.
*Hydrocotyle bonariensis (giant pennywort) Z6. 1'. Largest of the pennyworts, with leaves to 3" across.
*Hydrocotyle 'Crystal Confetti' (variegated pennywort) Z6. Dense carpet of scalloped, variegated leaves on 2" stems. Moist soil to 1" of water.
*Hydrocotyle verticillata (water pennywort) Z6. 6-12". Round, slightly scalloped leaves 1" to 2" across, balanced horizontally on top of a vertical leaf stem. Looks like a tiny lotus in form. Small white flowers. Fast growing.
Hymenocallis lirisome (spider lily) Z8. 1'. Large summer blooms of pure white trumpets on amaryllis-like plant. Sun or shade, moist soil to 3" water.
IRIS for Shallow Water
Iris sp. Water iris are under-used in and around ponds. With their variations in form and color, these rainbow colors are a vital addition to the pond landscape. The species and hybrids listed here may all be grown with roots and crowns totally submerged in shallow water year round.
Iris ensata cultivars (Japanese iris) Z6 in water, Z4 in moist soil. 2-3'. Assorted named cultivars in white, pink, blue and purple. Bloom in spring and often again in fall. Buy from our assortment of unlisted but named cul tivars, or buy from our smaller list below.
Iris ensata 'Hall of Marble' Bicolor. Faint, off-white blue marble with royal purple. A painter's palettel
Iris ensata 'Murakumo Large, very showy 2 tone blue.
l. ensata 'Pinstripe' White flowers veined blue, purple styles.
*Iris ensata 'Rose Queen' Clear pink blooms are held well above slender, densely clumping foliage. Late blooming.
*Iris ensata 'Variegata' (variegated Japanese iris) Rich purple blooms above leaves heavily variegated with white. Late bloomer.
I. ensata 'Yamata lkoku' Deep red violet flowers. Yellow signals. Iris laevigata Z4. 2'. Blue flowers. Prefers climates with cool winters.
Iris laevigata 'Queen of Violets' Z4. 2'. Violet blooms twice a year, spring and fall.
*lris Iaevigata 'Snowdrift' Z4. 2'. White blooms with traces of purplish veining.
Iris Louisiana 'Acadian Miss' Z5. 4+. Large white blooms on tall, graceful plants.
Iris Louisiana 'Bali Nights' Z5. 30". Very attractive, velvety violet blooms. Like 'Black Gamecock' but larger.
*Iris Louisiana 'Black Gamecock' Z5. 2'. Velvety, purple-black flowers. Smaller, narrower leaves.
Iris Louisiana 'Cherry Bounce' Z5. 3'. Beautiful, award winning cherry red. Blossoms with white edged signals flourish on delightful foliage.
*Iris Louisiana 'Clyde Redmond' Z5. 3'. Heavy flowering bright blue with large, vigorous foliage.
Iris Louisiana 'Colorific' Z4. 2'-3'. Bicolor. White standards above beautiful violet falls. Flowers in April and May.
Iris Louisiana 'Handmaiden' Z5. 3'. Soft pink blossoms on robust, strong growing plants.
Iris Louisiana 'King Creole' Z5. 30" Light blue-violet standards and deep violet-blue falls.
Iris Louisiana 'Kirk Strawn' Z5. 3'. Early blooming red.
Iris Louisiana 'Knock Out' Z5. 30". Very attractive red flowers. Iris Louisiana 'Mighty Rich' Z5. 32-36". Velvety ruby red.
*lris pseudacorus (yellow flag iris) Z4. 3-5', higher in partial shade. Robust iris with a yellow bloom. Broad, thick sword leaves. Forms large handsome clumps. Very hardy. Not sold in Washington state.
Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata' (variegated yellow flag iris) Z4. 3-4'. Bold yellow stripes on foliage in spring and early summer. Yellow flowers.
Iris 'Roy Davidson' Z4. 3-4'. Much nicer yellow than pseudacorus. Has more blooms over a longer bloom period , with brighter green foliage that comes up early. Does not set viable seed. Very desirable.
Iris versicolor (blue flag iris) Z4. 2'. Blue flower with yellow center. Native American, very hardy.
Iris versicolor 'Deep Rose' (pink flag iris) Z4. 2', Blue flag mutation with two-tone pink blooms, darker than 'Wild Wine'.
Iris versicolor 'Gem Dandy' (blue flag iris) Z4. 2'. Superior blue flag selection with nicer flower form.
Iris versicolor 'Mountain Brook' (blue flag iris) Z4. 2'. Superior blue flag selection with nicer flower form.
Iris versicolor 'Wild Wine' (pink flag iris) Z4. 2'. Blue flag mutation with two-tone pink blooms, lighter than 'Deep Rose'.
Iris virginica 'Purple Fan' The beautiful violet blue blossoms stand above the leaves, which are deep green with several inches of deep purple at the base of each leaf.
Juncus 'Curly Wurly' (miniature corkscrew rush) Z7. 8-12". Very cute diminutive form of corkscrew rush. Coils so tight that foliage doesn't get much height.
Juncus effusus 'Gold Strike' (gold strike rush) Z5. 3-4'. Very similar to Baumea, with yellow stripe up the entire length of a slightly narrower leaf. Excellent alternative to Baumea for colder climates.
*Juncus effusus 'Spiralis' (corkscrew rush) Z4. 12-18". Tightly coiled foliage gives unique appearance. Unusual.
Juncus inflexus 'Afro' (blue corkscrew rush) Z4 18". A blue form of corkscrew rush, it also holds corkscrew form better and longer than 'Spi raIls'.
Juncus inflexus 'Lovesick Blues' Z4. 12-18". This weeping form of blue rush makes a stunning clump in moist soil or shallow water.
Leucojum aestivum (snowflake bells) Bulb with strap leaves and bell shaped white flowers. Blooms early.
“Lindernia grandiflora (blue moneywort) Z7, at least. 1-2". Small, pros trate creeper with bright blue flowers spring through summer. Very cute. Wet or moist soil.
*Lobelia 'Queen Victoria' Z6. 3-5'. Striking lobelia with spire of deep red blossoms and deep burgundy foliage. Flowers mid to late summer.
Ludwigia arcuata (needle leaf ludwigia) Z6. 6". Many small, bright yellow flowers on small edging plant.
Ludwigia peploides (primrose creeper) Z6. A pretty plant with creeping or floating stems and 1" yellow flowers. Submerge 1-12" under water sur face (also sold bare root in the “Floating Aquatic Plants" section).
*Lysmachia nummilaria (creeping Jenny) Z5. Pretty creeping plant with small round leaves and yellow blooms on long stem. Excellent for pond edge. Semi-evergreen.
Marsilea minima (miniature clover) Z6. 2"-4" Darling little clover, perfect for stream edges and small water features. Does well in partial shade.
*Marsilea mutica (variegated water clover) Z6. Aquatic fern four lobed leaves resemble clover. Leaves up to 3" across; fulIy marked. Will grow in up to 2' of water, or grow immersed in shallow water.
Marsilea schelpeana (cut leaf water clover) Z6. A ma fern with four lobed leaves resembling a clover. Leaves are ut and irregular ly scalloped, giving them a distinctive and attractive lacy air. Moist soil to 3 inches of water; will stand about 6 inches out of water.
*Mentha aquatica (water mint) Z5. 12 Strongly scented mint, with whorls of lilac flowers.
*Menyanthes trifoliata (bog bean) Z4. sir. Growth across the water is interesting, with distinct geometric linear patterns. It bears decorative white fringed flowers in May above trifoliate leaves.
Mimulus guttatus (yellow monkey flower) Z6. 6". Compact, broad leaved monkey flower with spreading habit and yellow blooms. Part to full shade, moist soil to very shallow moving water; thrives along stream beds.
Mimulus luteus 'Variegata' (variegated monkey flower) Z6. 4". Part to full shade, moist soil to very shallowmoving water; thrives along stream beds.
*Mimulus ringens (lavender musk) Z3. 2'. Long, profuse bloom period of lavender flowers beginning in mid summer. Sun to partial shade, moist soil to shallow water.
*Myosotis scirpoides (blue water forget-me-not) Z3. 6-12". Bright blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Sun or shade. Excellent edging plant for pond.
*Myriophyllum aquaticum (parrot feather) Z6. 6". Very feathery leaves grow densely around stem for several inches above water. Favorite for tub basin or raised pool, draping gracefully over the edge. Will grow in up to 4 feet of water. Not sold in Washington State.
*Myriophyllum species (dwarf red stemmed parrot feather) Z6. 4". Dwarf species of Myriophyllum. Very compact spreader with red stems makes very cute mounded pots. Great for smaller water features.
Nasturtium officinale (watercress) Z4. 1'. Edible, broad leaved spreading plant roots freely from runners. Small white flowers in spring. Prefers moving water and partial shade. Excellent for use in plant filters.
Potted lotus are available to delivery customers starting in mid May, and come in 13" to 16" no-hole pots which will hold water. They may be displayed for sale self-contained, outside the pond. Dormant tubers are available from February to mid May. Lotus are winter hardy to Zone 4 when pots are below frost line.
*Alba Grandiflora (Asiatic) Large white flowers on large plant. Ruffled leaves sometimes have a bluish tint. Mature plants are 4-6 ft with 9-10' blooms.
*Chawan Basu Semi-dwarf, ivory with deep pink margins and veins. Means rice bowl' ir Chinese. Attractive and very popular. Mature plants are 3-4 ft with 5-9" blooms.
Chinese Double Rose Very free blooming, very double rosy pink dwarf which is an improved 'Momo Botan'. Our best blooming lotus. Mature plants are 1 1/2-3 ft with 5-6" blooms.
*Double Rose (Roseum Plenum) Very free blooming, very double rosy pink. Mature plants are 4-5 ft with 10-13" blooms. Small seed capsules.
*Empress (Alba Striata) Eye-catching pure white with deep pink edging. Mature plants are 4-5 ft with 10-12" blooms.
*Giant Sunburst Large prolific blooming yellow. Mature plants are 4-5 ft with 10-12" blooms.
Green Maiden Dwarf, free blooming ivory with deep pink margins and veins.. Mature plants are 2-3 ft with 4-5' blooms.
*N. nucifera (Hindu) Very popular large pink. Mature plants are 4-5 ft with 9-12" blooms.
Lavender Lady Striking lavender pink with distinctively pointed petals. Mature plants are 4-5 ft with 9-12" blooms.
Maggie Belle Slocum Rich lavender pink blooms. Inner petals are rolled. Very free flowering. Mature plants are 4-5 ft with 10-12" blooms.
*Mrs Perry D. Slocum Large double blooms open deep pink, changing to pink with yellow, and then to yellow. Especially free flowering, pleasant fragrance. Our most popular lotus. Mature plants are 4-5 ft with 9-12" blooms.
*President Large red. The deepest coloring of all our reds. Mature plants are 4-6 ft with 10-12" blooms. Special!
*Red Lotus (Pekinensis Rubra) Large lotus with light red blooms. Mature plants are 4-6 ft with 8-12" blooms.
*Red Scarf Dwarf red. Free blooming. Mature plants are 18-30" with 5- 6" blooms.
*Aponogeton distachyus (water hawthorne) Z6. Grows 1 to 4 feet deep with floating oblong leaves often blotched maroon. First to start blooming, last to stop blooming. Continuous display of forked white blooms with jet-black stamens except in hottest or coldest weather, when it goes dormant. Vanilla fragrance. Very desirable. All ponds need water hawthorne!
*Hydrocleys nymphoides (water poppy) Z7. An exceptional aquatic for 6" to 18" of water. It produces oval, fleshy floating leaves and handsome golden 3-petalled flowers.
*Hydrocleys nymphoides 'Venezuelan Poppy' Z7. Similar to stan dard water poppy but much larger; leaves are more heavily marked with reddish purple.
*Ludwigia sedioides (mosaic plant) Z10. Small? floating rosettes of rhomboidal leaves with reddish edging, attractively arranged in geometric pattern. Needs to root into soil. Very neat and very tropical; treat as an annual.
Nymphoides aquatica (bananalily) Z8. Attractive lily-like with 4" leaves and clusters of small white flowers. reproduce by sprouting from banana-like root formed underneath the leaves.
*Nymphoides crenata (ruffled snowflake) Z7. Distinctly fled edges with burgundy- green blotch in center of leaf. Fringed yellow flowers.
*Nymphojdes cristata (variegated water snowflake) Z7. Numerous 3/4" dainty white blooms on heart leaves attractively mottled brown.
*Nymphoides geminata (yellow snowflake, chocolate water fringe) Z7. Leaves are distinctive dark chocolate brown with bright green veins. Five- petalled, butter yellow flowers stand out of the water; petals are attrac tively fringed. Scrumptious!
Nymphoides humboldtiana (water snowflake) Z9. Large, robust, green leaved water snowflake with small white flowers. New plants grow from each leaf.
*Nymphoides indica (giant water snowflake) Z9. Like N. humboldtiana, but even larger leaves and flowers. New plants grow from each leaf.
*Nymphoides peltata (floating heart, water fringe) Z6. Small yellow flow ers are delicate with fringed petals. Leaves are scalloped. Not sold in Washington state.
*Nymphoides species (Equadorian butterfly snowflake) Z9-10. Small yellow flowers; heart-shaped leaves with an attractive brown (panda bear style) variegation shaped like a butterfly or bowtie.
*Rosy Clouds Semi dwarf reddish pink. Mature plants are 3-4 ft with 5- 6" blooms.
*Atraction Medium to large garnet red tipped with rose and flecked with white; color deepens with age. Classic, free blooming red; has earned Award of Merit.
Conqueror Very free flowering medium to large lily with large blooms; deep red inner petals with pink and white on outer petals.
*Escarboucle (AKA Aflame) Gorgeous large, bright red blooms. Free flowering. Blooms stay open very late in the afternoon, long after most other red hardies have closed. A must have. Limited.
Froebeli Small lily with dark wine-red flowers. Excellent for the cool sum mers in the Pacific NW, as it is from Switzerland, but also performs well in most hot regions.
Gloriosa Prolific and continuous red blooms on established plant. Moderate sized, tolerates partial shade. Award of Merit.
*James Brydon Bright rose-red, cup shaped blooms. Free flowering. Small to large ponds. Tolerates partial shade and enjoys cool climates. Very popular.
*laydekeri Fulgens' Vivid burgundy-red blooms on a small plant. One of the best and most free flowering lilies.
*Lucida Unusual salmon-pink bloom with long, narrow petals. Heavily mottled foliage. Good bloomer. Tolerates some shade.
*Meteor (AKA Rembrandt) Beautiful medium to large red. Good bloomer. Very fast growing. Our most popular red.
Robinsoniana Flowers are orange red with lighter coloring at petal ends. New leaves are light purple with darker blotches. ' Small to large sized ponds. Beautiful and limited.
*Perry's Baby Red Very free flowering small deep red. Petals wide and waxy. Gorgeous!
*Steven Strawn Bright orange-red bloom on speckled foliage. Eye- catching and free blooming new cultivar, sure to become a favorite.
Super Red Large, bright red double blooms. Blooms stay open later in the day than most reds. Free flowering.
*American Star Striking pink with long, narrow petalled flowers standing well above the water. Makes an excellent specimen plant in a large pot. Odorata rhizome.
*Arc-en-Ciel (French for Rainbow) Variegated foliage of purple, bronze, pink, and ivory; unlike any other lily! Very light pink bloom. Odorata rhizome.
*Darwina (AKA Hollandia) Large double pink flowers. Free blooming. Most popular double pink, and one of the most popular of all hardies.
*LiIy Pons Large, full, multi-double soft pink with up to 100 petals. Mod erate bloomer. Odorata rhizome.
*Marliac Carnea Light, almost white pink. Excellent bloomer, extremely vigorous. Foliage always displays well.
*Mayla Fabulous electric fuschia bloom; large fragrant flower looks like a tropical. Mature, large plants are show stoppers. Odorata rhizome.
*Perry's Fire Opal Very rich, very double award winning pink. Medium, peony style blooms with compact petals are eye-catching and fragrant. Odorata rhizome.
Peter Slocum Lovely pink , free flowering lily. Leaves are green above and purple underneath. Especially good in larger water features.
*Pink Beauty Medium cup-shaped pink. Very prolific; can have several blooms at a time over a long season. A classic, with clear pink petals and brilliant yellow stamens. Excellent for any size pond.
Pink Grapefruit Apricot yellow suffused with pink. Speckled leaves, good bloomer. Sunny Pink sibling, but larger, with more marking on leaves.
*pink Opal Delicate, cup shaped pink on small to medium plant. Fragrant. Odorata rhizome.
*Pink Sensation Rich pink, lightening at petal tips. Fragrant, vigorous, prolific bloomer. Blooms stay open late in the day, and plants bloom until late in the season.
*Pink Sparkle Outstanding new introduction. Small lily sends its star shaped blooms well above the water. Flowers seem to sparkle in sunlight like pink champagne.
*Sunny Pink Large apricot yellow suffused with pink. Speckled leaves, good bloomer. Pink Grapefruit sibling, but smaller.
Gonnčre (AKA Snowball) Large multi-double white blooms. Nice fra grance. Blooms stay open late in the day. A great choice for a white waterlily.
*Hermine Small to medium white for all sized ponds. Very prolific; blooms well and multiplies quickly.
*Marliac Albida Strong grower and bloomer. Blooms are 6" across and fragrant, with yellow center. Will tolerate partial shade. Small to large ponds. Award of Merit.
Perry's Double White Free flowering, large double white blooms. Medi um sized plant with long bloom season.
Perry's White Wonder White flowers have a pink blush. Stems NEw new leaves are bronze. Ideal for tub gardens or any size pool.
Queen of Whites Good bloomer; outstanding cup shaped flowers. More petals than Maniac Albida.
*Virginalis Large, virgin-white blooms on medium plant. Possibly the finest white. Profuse bloomer.
*Walter Pagels Dwarf with nice foliage and creamy blossoms held above water. Great for small water features!
*Barbara Dobbins Peach outer petals pale to yellow in the center blossom. Flowers stand high above the water. A great bloomer!
Charlene Strawn Vigorous and prolific. Long blooming season. Blossoms held above water surface.
*Chromatella Beautiful and prolific canary yellow with bronze marbling on leaves. Tolerates partial shade. Has Award of Merit. The first hybrid yellow (1887), and still growing strong.
*Denver Beautiful medium, double-petalled blossom, cream with a touch of yellow. Outstanding bloomer. Attractive marbling on leaves. Small to medium ponds.
*Helvola Pygmy yellow. Very pretty, very small miniature with mottled leaves. 6 to 12 inches of water. The smallest hybrid.
*Joey Tomocik Deepest yellow hardy lily. Vigorous, and holds its numer ous blooms high above water. May be the best yellow, although it's tough to beat Texas Dawn!
*Lemon Chiffon Double soft yellow blooms on medium plant. Good bloomer, with attractive marbled foliage.
*Texas Dawn Gorgeous award winning yellow with large flowers borne
in profusion well above the water. Medium yellow infused with light pink. Thrives in the hottest summers as well as in mild climates. Blooms until late in the fall.
HARDY CHANGEABLES (SUNSETS) and SALMONS
*Berit Strawn Intensely purple speckled leaves are a nice compliment to the unique orange blossoms.
*Charlie Choice A small vigorous lily with a dark red center fading to almost white on the outermost petals.
*Chrysantha Cream-yellow petals streaked with orange an pink. Color deepens with age. Free flowering cup shaped blooms. Nice in tub gardens or small pools.
*Clyde Ikens Beautiful peach colored double blooms stand out of water. Blooms its head off, and continues until very late in the season. Limited.
*Colorado Gorgeous waterlily; very eye catching. Strong salmon bloom stands out of the water. Excellent bloomer, with marble foliage. A must have!
*Comanche Rose-apricot when first open, color deepens. as bloom matures. Leaves speckled with brown. Largest changeable, use in medium to large pools. Tolerates partial shade. Great bloomer.
*Georgia Peach Rich peach colored flowers are held well 1 above water. Free flowering with mottled pads that fade with age.
*lndiana Dwarf free flowering lily whose cup shaped apricot blooms deepen to orange-red. The most changeable of our sunsets.
*Little Sue Reddish-yellow blooms with long petals. Small, compact form with very attractive spotted leaves. Very free blooming.
*Paul Harlot Apricot flowers that deepen to pinkish orange. NEw pads with occasional purple markings. Free flowering. Wonderful for small water features.
Tropical waterlilies are well worth having anywhere in the US, and are far superior to hardies in hot summer regions. With care, they may be over-wintered. Many people treat them as annuals, and simply buy new ones every spring (darn!). Ours are ready in mid to late May. Place outdoors after water temperatures are a minimum of 65°F, late May to early June.
Tropical waterlilies have these advantages over hardy lilies:
•They bloom several times as often when properly fertilized (twice the rate as for hardies).
•Their blooms stand up out of the water, often quite high out, unlike most hardy lilies.
•Day blooming tropicals come in blues and purples.
•Most tropicals, especially day blooming tropicals, are highly fragrant, while hardies have little or no fragrance.
•Tropical lilies will bloom far later in the season than hardy lilies, even through the first hard frost or two in autumn.
•Tropical lilies come in night blooming as well as day blooming varieties. Night blooming tropicals open early evening, and don't close their blooms until midmorning. People with a normal work schedule may actually see their night bloomers open more often than day bloomers, which typically open mid morning and close mid to late afternoon.
Note: White waterlilies set off other colors
A. Siebert Large pink star shaped flowers.
*Albert Greenberg Yellow, orange and pink bloom, attractive mottled leaves. Bagdad Light blue flowers, mottled leaves. Very fragrant.
*Blue Beauty Strong blue flowers on vigorous plant. Blue Star Star shaped medium blue with long stems.
*N. colorata Small compact blue, great for containers.
*Crystal White with pink at petal tips, mottled leaves. Viviparous.
*Golden West Pretty apricot flowers. Nice!
*Green Smoke Greenish yellow blooms tipped with blue.
Hilary Light lavender pink flowers. Viviparous.
lslamorada Elegant purple bloom with strong white streaking on petals. Excellent cut flower. Viviparous.
*Jack Wood Attractive raspberry red. Flashy!
*Josephine Very compact, very cute white. Viviparous.
*Leopardess Clear blue flowers with purple tips.
*Lindsey Woods New deep purple with highly contrasting yellow center, black buds. Viviparous. Our new favorite!
*Madame Ganna Walska Light lavender pink flowers above mot tled foliage. Viviparous. Margaret Mary Rich blue bloom. Viviparous.
Marian Strawn Large white flowers. Leaves streaked with purple.
*Midnight Purple double blooms with many narrow petals. Compact plant good for small ponds or containers.
Noelene Soft to medium pink, very strong fragrance. Mottled leaves.
*Panama Pacific Reddish purple blooms, yellow center. Viviparous.
*Queen of Siam Strong pink with mottled leaves. Viviparous.
*Rhonda Kay Star shaped lavender, long stems.
*Ruby Soft red counterpart to Tina. Viviparous.
*Shirley Bryne Dark pink blossoms. Free flowering and dependable. Viviparous.
Tina Bluish-purple blossoms on strong plant. Viviparous.
*Wood Blue Goddess Blue with yellow center; dark stamens provide striking contrast. Good cut flower.
Jennifer Rebecca Red with bronze leaves.
*Maroon Beauty Red with bronze leaves.
*Mrs. Emily Grant Hutchings Strong classic pink. Mrs. George C. Hitchcock Pink flowers, dark foliage.
*Red Cup Cup-shaped red with mahogany-red foliage.
*Texas Shell Pink Soft pink, very nice.
*Trudy Slocum Classic white.
*Wood's White Knight White with broad petals.
VICTORIA WATER LILIES
Victoria waterlilies, or platter lilies, are the most spectacular and most tropical of our waterlilies. Their pad size may reach 6 feet across under optimum conditions, and have an upturned edge, or rim, several inches in height. Optimum conditions include 85+°F water, pots (pots, not ponds) of 100 to 200 gallon capacity, and frequent fertilizing. When grown outside in the Pacific NW, place outside when the average water temperature has reached 75+°F degrees, using a pot of 10 to 20 gallons. Expect leaves no more than 2 to 4 feet across if grown outside in a mild summer climate, such as the maritime Northwest. Victorias are night blooming, with very large, fragrant blooms. The first night they are white, the second night pink. They generally last 3 nights. The undersides of pads, stems, and blooms are covered with sharp spines; no nibbling! Annuals even in their native Amazon, Victorias are grown from seed each year, and are rarely offered commercially. Botanic gardens and large estates consider them must-have display plants, and go to great lengths to keep them. We sell our Victorias when they are about the size of hardy waterlilies, and they grow quite rapidly when given the correct conditions. Greenhouse where practical. They should be available in late May. Limited.
*Neptunia aquatica (aquatic sensitive plant) Z 0. Small mimosa-like leaflets close up when touched. Unique flotation material like soft styro foam surrounds floating stems. Yellow flowers are feathery balls. Grows quickly in warm weather. Does not tolerate cold. Pretty and different; fas cinating to kids and adults. Sold as rooted clump in gallon pot with soil; submerge pot to just under water surface (also sold bare root in the “Float ing Aquatic Plants" section).
*Oenanthe javanica (water celery) Z5. 1-2'. Edible celery-like aquatic, excellent for use in plant filters. Evergreen to Zone 6; will pull nutrients out of the water as long as it is green. Carrot-like flowers.
O. javanica 'Flamingo' (variegated water celery) Z5. 1'. Smaller ver sion of water parsley, beautifully variegated with white and infused with pink. Edible.
*Peltandra virginica (arrow arum) Z5. 2'. Handsome shallow water plan has narrow spathes of a pea green color borne amidst dark gr waxy arrow-shaped foliage.
*Phalaris arundinacea 'Feecey' (strawberries and cream ribbon grass: Z6. 2'. Soft white and green leaves additionally variegated with pink strongly pink in spring. Flower spikes in summer turn from blush pink ft light brown.
*Phragmites australis aurea (golden reed, variegated dwarf commo, reed) Z6. 5-6'. Handsome, slender reed with golden variegation. Like i delicate bamboo. Has a plume style bloom in late summer.
*Pontederia cordata (pickerel rush) Z3. 24-30". Foot long, broad, spear head shaped leaves. Closely packed small blue flowers borne on spikes in summer. Pontederias are the finest blue-flowered winter hardy aquat ics.
Pontederia cordata 'New Hampshire' (N.H. pickerel rush) Z3 18-24". Particularly winter hardy strain of pickerel from New Hampshire.
Pontederia cordata 'Pink Pons' (pink pickerel rush) Z5. 24-30". A rare color breakthrough, the only hardy pickerel to bloom lavender pink.
*Pontederia cordata var. alba (white pickerel rush) Z6. 24-30". Large white flowers.
*Pontederia dilatata (royal pickerel) Z6. 4'. Tall, upright, graceful picker el with blue flowers. The best of the blue pickerels.
*Pontederia lanceolata (giant pickerel) Z7. 4-5'. Largest of the hardy pickerels. Medium.blue flowers.
*Ranunculus flammula (miniature spearwort) Z5. 6". Petite yellow flow ers top small foreground plants. Remove spent flowers for blooms all summer long.
*Regnellidium diphyllum (two leaf water clover) Z6. 6". The two shiny leaves combine into a butterfly shape. In shallow water the butterfly leaves dance above the water; in deeper water, they float on the pond's surface.
*Rotala indica (pink sprite) Z9. 6". Darling small spreader with tight, round leaves, topped by pink, astilbe-like blooms spring through fall. Small but eye catching due to its profuse blooming habit. Sun to part shade, moist to 2" water.
*Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi Chi' Z8. 2' Pink form of blue bells blooms from mid summer through fall. Narrow foliage is dark green, almost purplish. Moist soil to shallow water.
*Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie' (dwarf blue bells) Z8. 6-8'. Delightful dwarf, with profuse blue flowers almost smothering the short plant.
Ruellia malacosperma, white flower form (white Ruellia) Z8. 30". Free blooming white ruellia for wet or dry sites.
*Sagiftaria australis 'Silk Stockings' (Silk Stockings arrowhead) Z5. 18- 30". Like latifolia, but leaves unfurl with beautiful maroon purple coloration in spring. As leaves mature, they gradually fade to a light purple and green with an attractive variegated netlike pattern. Sprays of white flow ers with red bracts. One of the most exciting introductions in years. Limited stock. Patented.
Sagittaria 'Bloom'n Baby' (Bloom'n Baby arrowhead) Z5. 12-18". Com pact, cute arrowhead with profuse bloom spikes above the foliage. Blooms earlier than any other arrowhead, and continues through summer.
Sagittaria brevifolia (needle leaf arrowhead) Z3. 2-3'. Like the well known species latifolia, but with very narrow arrow shaped leaves. Also blooms more often than latitolia.
Sagittaria japonica 'Flore Pleno' (double flowering Japanese arrow head) Z6. 3'. Similar to the standard arrowhead, but with multi-double snowflake ilowers.
*Sagittaria latifolia (arrowhead) Z5. 3-4'. Arrowhead-shaped leaves, sprays of small white flowers. Very popular.
*Sagittaria montevidensis (Aztec arrowhead) Z9. 2-3'. Free blooming tropical arrowhead whose white blooms have a burgundy marking on each petal. Sturdy foliage.
Samolus parviflorus (water alyssum) Z7. 4-12". Cute little plant with clusters of tiny white flowers borne well above the leaves. Blooms almost nonstop if dead-headed.
Sarracenia (North American pitcher plant) This carnivorous ' prefers humid conditions with temperatures between 70 and 100 degrees in summer. In winter, 35 to 40 degrees. Mulch if outside. Use distilled rain or well water and no fertUizer. These are available from April through September only. Assorted species and named cultivars.
*Saururus cernuus (lizard's tail) Z4. 2-3'. Heart-shaped leaves bearing dense spikes of nodding, fragrant white flowers. Flower spikes shaped somewhat like a lizard's tail.
*Saururus chinensis (Chinese lizard's tail) Z5. 2-3'. Heart-shaped leaves bearing dense spikes of nodding, fragrant white flowers. Flower spikes shaped somewhat like a lizard's tail. Large white patches appear in centers of leaves closest to flower spikes when it is about to bloom.
*Scirpus 'Albescens' (white rush) Z5. 5-6'. Bulrush with green and white vertically striped leaves.
Scirpus cernuus (fiber optics rush) Z7. 6-12". Delicate, dense miniature rush with a weeping habit. Sun to part shade, moist soil to very shallow water.
“Scirpus 'Zebrinus' (zebra rush) Z6. 5-6'. Vertical stems, beautifully banded with creamy or white horizontal rings. Very striking. Fertilize reg ularly to keep variegation strong.
Sisyrinchium californicum (yellow-eyed grass) Z6. 4-6". Miniature iris
relative with small yellow blooms in summer. Forms tiny clumps. Very cute.
*Sthchys palustris (marsh betony) Z4. 2+'. A native member of the mint family with whorls of pink flowers in mid-summer. Trim plant back after blooming to encourage tidy growth and new flowers through autumn.
Stenotaphrum secundatum 'Variegata' (variegated St. Augus NE tine grass) Z6. 6-10". A delightful, spreading variegated grass. Very similar in appearance to manna grass, but much shorter and very compact.
Taxodium distachium (bald cypress) Z4. 8-100'. Deciduous conifer resembling dawn redwood. Mature trees grow “knees" when planted in water. Pot restrict or prune to keep small.
*Thalia dealbata (hardy water canna, powdery Thalia) Z6. 5-6'. A bold, striking specimen plant; leaves resemble a canna or bird of paradise plant. Bears erect sprays of many small purplish flowers 2 to 3 feet above the plant. Leaves are attractively dusted with a minute white powder.
*Thalia geniculata form ruminoides (red stemmed Thalia) Z8 . 5-8'. Great specimen plant in a large pot, this Thalia features large red stems holding up large, tropical foliage. Numerous delicate lavender flowers are displayed far above the foliage on multi-branched, weeping scapes.
Tulbaghia violacea (society garlic) Z7. 1'. Garlic-like plant with violet flowers; blooms nonstop from late spring to fall. Tolerates sun or shade, and any soil condition from pond to rock garden. Edible, garlic flavored leaves and flowers. More vigorous with more blooms than variegated form.
Tulbaghia violacea 'Variegata' (variegated society garlic) Z7. 1'. Beau tiful garlic-like plant strongly striped with white and green. Violet flowers from late spring to fall. Like the green form, but more delicate with more striking foliage. A truly wonderful addition to the pond!
*Typha latifolia (common cattail) Z5. 6'. Good for balance or screening in large ponds, develops large catkin pokers.
*Typha latifolia 'Variegata' (variegated cattail) Z5. 5-6'. A strongly var iegated cattail. Very handsome.
*Typha laxmannii (graceful cattail) Z5. 5'. More graceful, slender cattail, with long, narrow leaves.
*Typha minima 'Europa (micro-miniature cattail) Z3. 18-24. Smallest cattail we know of. Very narrow blue-green foliage. Produces many catkins when established.
Viola hederacea .(Australian jumping violet) Z9. 6". Pretty stoloniferous violet with white and purple blooms. Excellent for margins and stream beds.
*Zantedeschia aethiopica (calla lily) Z7. 3+'. Stout calla with glossy arrowhead leaves and large white blooms.
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Childseana' (dwarf calla) Z7. 18" - 24". Stout, short calla with white aroid blooms. Cute!
Zephranthes candida (fairy lily, rain lily) Z6. 1'. White blooms in summer. Foliage resembles crocus.
Zizania latifolia (perennial rice, wild rice) Z4. 5-6'. Handsome aquatic grass with broad, flat leaves. The grain is popular with waterfowl and peo ple. Yellow foliage in autumn rustles in the wind.
MOISTURE LOVING PLANTS
Great for a bog garden, soggy area, or even normal garden moisture levels. Not reliable in the pond with their crowns submerged.
Gunnera chilensis Z7. 4-10'. Big, dramatic plants with huge lobed leaves to 6 feet across. Like a huge rhubarb. Conelike 1 1/2' flower spikes at base of plant. Needs rich, organic soil with moisture. Sprinkle leaves often in dry climates. Evergreen in zones 8 and up.
*Lobelia syphilitica (blue lobelia) Z4. 2-3'. Beautiful perennial with blue flowers on tall spikes in late summer.
Scrophularia aquatica 'Variegata' (variegated water figwort) Z6. 4'. Bushy plant with strongly variegated foliage, small purplish flowers in summer.
Zantedeschia rehmannii violacea (Calla 'Amethyst') - Broadly shaped, dark lavender blooms. Very uniform & compact.
Zantedeschia hybrid (Calla 'Antique') - Waxy, creamy white with vari able lavender to purple patina-like overlay; strong stems.
Zantedeschia elliotiana x rehmannii (Calla 'Fire Glow') - Mature in full light, color is fiery red-burgundy, especially on the outer spathe with yel low-cream undertone; blooms are wrapped smoothly & well rounded.
Zantedeschia pentland x hybrid (Calla 'Millennium Gold') - Deep golden yellow & large blooms. Very strong stems.
Zantedeschia rehmannii (Calla 'Crystal Blush') - Excellent new calla. Very floriferous. Flowers stay white until pollen shed, then get slight pink blush. Exellent vigor & fullness.
Zantedeschia rehmannii violacea (Calla 'Lipstick') - Rich flower color, deep rose to burgundy. Very velvety and nearly opaque. Full and com pact; exceptionally floriferous.
Zantedeschia rehmannii Gem (Calla 'Garnet Glow') - Bright hot-pink with dark eye. Extemely uniform; upright habit. Early flowering.
Zantedeschia rehmannii Gem (Calla 'Neon Amour') - Uniform day- glow, hot-pink calla with unique slightly elongated pointed and wavy spathes. Compact plant with flowers held high. Early flowering.
Zantedeschia rehmannii Gem (Calla 'Rose Dark Eyes') - Rose hue, variable but lively and intense. Very full and compact. Early flowering.
Submerged oxygenating aquatic plants are important to pond ecol ogy. They oxygenate water for fish and beneficiaL bacteria, compete with algae for light and nutrition, and serve as food and shelter for fish. The general rule of thumb is one bunch of submerged plants per square foot of pond surface. Dwarf sagittaria and vallisneria need to be potted; our other oxygenators are sold as stem cuttings in bunches, and may be potted or simply released to grow sub mersed.
*Ceratophyllum demersum (hornwort or coontail) Z4. Submerged, non- rooting oxygenating plant. Grows like anacharis, but leaves are longer and thinner, packed tightly in whorls that form plumes at growing ends.
*Cabomba caroliniana (cabomba) Z6. Feathery purplish-green leaves circling long stems. Pretty and delicate looking. Not sold in Washington state.
*Egeria densa (anacharis, “goldfish greens") Z5. The most popular sub merged oxygenating aquatic. Long branching stems with small narrow leaves. Fast growing. Not sold in Washington state.
Elodea canadensis (Canadian anacharis) Z3. Smaller, denser, more compact than anacharis. Sold per cup.
Myriophylium heterophyllum (red foxtail) Z6. Reddish bronze, finely textured foliage. Very attractive, and holds up well in shipping and han dling.
*Sagittaria subulata (dwarf sagittaria) Z4. This 2-6" tall plant looks like an underwater grass. Multiplies rapidly, and will populate any soil you plant it in. Has small white blossoms which will bloom out of water if in shallow water. Very valuable bottom plant for absorbing excess nutrients from water, competing with algae and clarifying the water. Some gardeners use pea gravel on the pond bottom and plant hundreds' of dwarf sagittaria for a natural filter.
Vallisneria sp. (eel grass, ribbon grass). Popular underwater “grasses" with long, ribbon-like leaves. These submerged oxygenators help water quality and make a good habitat for fish. Must be planted. Reproduce by runners.
Vallisneria americana (corkscrew val) Z6. Narrow, light green ribbon leaves spiral upward 12-18" from the soil. Prettier and more delicate than jungle val.
Vallisneria gigantea (jungle val) Z5. Wide, thick ribbon leaves grow 2 feet long, even more in deeper water.
FLOATING AQUATIC PLANTS
These aquatics float on the water surface. It is not necessary to pot them, though floaters with distinct stems do best when rooted in soil.
Adapt slowly to direct sun after delivery. Traveling in a bag with constant warmth and humidity can soften them and cause them to sunburn easily when unpacked.
*Aeschynomene fluitans (giant sensitive fern) Z9. 6". Larger and slight ly more cold tolerant than Neptunia. Large brick red hairy stems, yellow pea-shaped bloom. Leaves close slowly when touched. Prefers roots anchored in soil. Sold bare root (also sold potted in “Shallow Water Plants").
*Azolla caroliniana. (fairy moss) Z7. Small floating fern. Multiplies quick ly, looking like a floating carpet. Reddish in strong light or cold. Scoop out extra and use as a mulch. Fish benefit from nibbling on it. Competes with algae for light and nutrients. Sold by the 1/2 cup.
*Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth) Z9. Immensely popular, very attractive floating aquatic with air-inflated leaf stems. In summer, beautiful blue and lilac flowers on short spikes of 4-6 blooms look more like orchids than hyacinths. Fast multiplying. Excellent for controlling algae by com peting for light and nutrients. Useful for shading fish, and fish use the roots as a spawning medium. Treat as annual or winter over in a greenhouse. Left-over plants make great compost! Sold bare root.
Limnobium spongia (American frogbit) Z6. Small floating aquatic 2-5' across with fleshy heart-shaped leaves arranged in a rosette. Insignificant bloom. When crowded, leaves elongate and grow up above water. Sold bare root.
Ludwigia sedioides (mosaic plant) Z1O. Small floating rosettes of rhomboidal leaves, attractively arranged in geometric pattern, reddish edging. Needs to root into soil. neat and very tropical; treat as an annual. Sold bare root (also sold potted in “Lily-Likes").
*Ludwigia peploides (primrose creeper) Z6. A pretty plant with creeping or floating stems to 3 feet or longer. Will spread across water surface, and root down as far as 5 feet under water. Yellow blooms are 1' wide. Prefers roots anchored in soil. Sold bare root; also sold in a gallon pot.
*Neptunia aquatica (aquatic sensitive plant) Z10. Small mimosa-like leaflets close up when touched. Unique flotation material like soft styro foam surrounds floating stems. Yellow flowers are feathery balls. Grows quickly in warm weather. Does not tolerate cold. Pretty and different; fas cinating to kids and adults. Prefers roots anchored in soil. Sold bare root (also sold potted in “Shallow Water Plants").
Pistia stratiotes (Jurassic water lettuce) Z9-10. Large, pale green leaves of velvet. Grows up to dinner plate size. Much larger than rosette water lettuce. Does well in part shade. Sold bare root.
*Pistia stratiotes 'Rosetta' (rosette water lettuce) Z9-1O. A fine floating ornamental. Forms rosettes of bluish green, cabbage-shaped velvety foliage. Multiplies like water hyacinths. More compact form than the nom inate species, slightly tolerant of direct sun . Very nice. Sold bare root.
Pistia stratiotes 'Ruffled' (ruffled water lettuce) Z9-10. This form fea tures an attractive ruffling along the leaf edges. Stays smaller than even the rosette lettuce. Sold bare root.
Salvinia minima (miniature water velvet) Z9. Tropical floating aquatic with small oval leaves. These leaves are covered with fine, soft hairs which give a velvety appearance. Sold by the 1/2 cup.
Salvinia oblongifolia (giant water velvet) Z9. Tropical floating aquatic with larger, longer leaves than other water velvets. Sold by the 1/2 cup.
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