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Library of Water Plants
Botanical Name     Common Name
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Acorus calamus 'Variegata'

Acorus calamus 'Variegata'

Common Name: Sweet Flag
Strikingly beautiful with its white striped, sword-type, aromatic, bright green foliage. Young shoots have a pink tinge and a tangerine perfume when crushed....

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

Common Name: Sweet Flag
Dwarf, rush-like plant with gold and green variegated leaves which, while not fully evergreen, will withstand all but the worst winters. Ideal for the front of damp sunny borders or in containers....

Anemopsis californica

Anemopsis californica

Common Name: Bear Root
A perennial that has large, waxy, gray-green leaves that lay flat. Flowers all summer. Plant in full sun....

Bacopa caroliniana

Bacopa caroliniana

Common Name: Lemon Bacopa
Dainty blue flowers and lemon scented leaves with a fleshy texture. Loves the sun....

Caltha palustris

Caltha palustris

Common Name: Marsh Marigold
Beautiful yellow, waxy flowers in clusters of 1-7 with heart or kidney shaped dark green leaves. Perfect for the pond edge and shallow water....

Canna Species 'australis'

Canna Species 'australis'

Common Name: Canna -Bronze Water Canna
One of the most attractive Cannas with dark burgundy leaves and red flowers in abundance. Awesome!...

Canna Species 'Pretoria'

Canna Species 'Pretoria'

Common Name: Canna Variegated Water
Huge melon-orange blooms. Striking foliage is zebra striped in yellow and green. Outstanding accent in the garden or container....

Ceratophyllum demersum

Ceratophyllum demersum

Common Name: Hornwort
Found in ponds, marshes, and quiet streams. Used for their appearance and their high oxygen production....

Colocasia 'Illustris'

Colocasia 'Illustris'

Common Name: Taro -Imperial
Tropical plant with black foliage high-lighted with bright green veins. Adds contrast and boldness to the pond or wet area....

Colocasia esculenta

Colocasia esculenta

Common Name: Elephant Ears

Tropical plant known for glossy green foliage. Adds boldness to pond area or container.

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Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'

Common Name: Taro -Black Magic
Tropical plant with striking deep purple foliage. Large purple leaves add contrast and boldness to the pond or wet area. Rapid grower....

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii'

Common Name: Taro- Violet Stem
Tropical plant known for its' striking dark glossy green foliage on violet stems. Adds boldness to pond area....

Cyperus alternifolius 'Gracillus'

Cyperus alternifolius 'Gracillus'

Common Name: Umbrella Plant -Dwarf
Umbrella-like whorls of green foliage "flowerheads" atop short hollow stems. Graceful slender plant. Fantastic!...

Cyperus haspen 'Viviparous'

Cyperus haspen 'Viviparous'

Common Name: Papyrus -Dwarf
Shortest of all Cyperus. Wispy leaf clusters at tips of thin stems. Flowers are insignificant. Needs full sun....

Cyperus percamenthus

Cyperus percamenthus

Common Name: Papyrus -Giant Dwarf
Has the compactness of Dwarf Papyrus but much larger "tufts" top off the foliage. Fantastic!...

Dichromena colorata

Dichromena colorata

Common Name: Star Grass
Plant's top leaves are green with bright white bracts forming a "flower" that lasts all summer....

Eichornia crassipes

Eichornia crassipes

Common Name: Water Hyacinth
Attractive lilac-blue flowers that are 2-3 inches and very attractive. Leaves are held upright so they act like sails....

Hibiscus 'acetosella'

Hibiscus 'acetosella'

Common Name: Red leafed Hibiscus
Stunning deep red foliage. This plant produces 2" flowers....

Hibiscus moscheutus

Hibiscus moscheutus

Common Name: Water Hibiscus
Leaves are egg-shaped and three lobed. Pink, white or reddish flowers are 4-6" wide....

Hippuris vulgaris

Hippuris vulgaris

Common Name: Mare's Tail
Hardy perennial oxygenator and submerged plant that has green bottle-brush type foliage....

Houttuynia cordata 'Variegata'

Houttuynia cordata 'Variegata'

Common Name: Variegated Chameleon Plant
Foliage is yellow, bronze, green and red. Very aromatic foliage that smells citrus-like when bruised. Loves moisture.Very rapid grower....

Hydrocotyle 'Nova Zealandiae'

Hydrocotyle 'Nova Zealandiae'

Common Name: Brazillian Pennywort
Tiny dark green leaves. Great oxygenator for a smaller pond....

Iris ensata Variegata

Iris ensata Variegata

Common Name: Iris, Japanese water iris

Iris Louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

Iris Louisiana 'Black Gamecock'

Common Name: Iris, Louisianna
Depth level 1-2. Flourishes in wet soils. Deep rich purple petals....

Iris Louisiana 'Mixed'

Iris Louisiana 'Mixed'

Common Name: Iris,Louisiana Iris
Large flowers of all different colors bloom in late spring. Excellent in pond or at edge....

Iris versicolor

Iris versicolor

Common Name: Iris, Blue Flag Iris
Narrow grey-green leaves with slate blue flowers with white centers. Very reliable and hardy....

Juncus effusus 'Spiralis'

Juncus effusus 'Spiralis'

Common Name: Rush -Corkscrew Rush
Hardy perennial that has curious spiraling cylindrical leaves. Creates unusual focal point in the water garden....

Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'

Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'

Common Name: Cardinal flower
Even darker foliage than the regular Lobelia cardinalis. Deep scarlet flowers with dark maroon leaves....

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

Common Name: Yellow Creeping Jenny
Trailing stems of chartreuse tinged round leaves. Clusters of bright yellow flowers bloom all summer....

Marsilea mutica

Marsilea mutica

Common Name: Water Clover -Upright
Green clover leaves with reddish highlights. Small white flowers. Nice plant for the water's edge....

Musa 'Basjoo'

Musa 'Basjoo'

Common Name: Banana- Hardy
This is one of the most exciting bananas. The plant has long, slender, bright green leaves. The 'Basjoo' is the world's cold hardiest banana. It is a great landscape plant, it lends a tropical appearance...

Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish'

Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish'

Common Name: Banana Tree -Dwarf
Wonderful dwarf banana with exotic broad green leaves. Great as specimen for back of edge of pond....

Myosotis scirpoides 'Blue'

Myosotis scirpoides 'Blue'

Common Name: Water Forget-Me-Not
Creeping plants have fuzzy leaves and are loaded with small blue Forget-me-not flowers. Late spring - early summer blooming....

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Common Name: Parrot's Feather
Whorls of blue-green, lacy foliage. Stems float along the water's surface with the tips curving upward above the water....

Myriophyllum brasiliensis

Myriophyllum brasiliensis

Common Name: Parrot's Feather -Red Stemmed
Plant is valued for its whorls of blue-green, lacy foliage and its unusual red stems....

Myriophyllum propium

Myriophyllum propium

Common Name: Parrot's Feather -Miniature
Offers great contrast with dark green stems and bright green conifer type needles. Terriffic and the nicest Milfoil to date....

Nelumbo lutea 'Dark Pink'

Nelumbo lutea 'Dark Pink'

Common Name: Lotus
Pink and orage flowers. Strong bloomer....

Nelumbo lutea 'Light Pink'

Nelumbo lutea 'Light Pink'

Common Name: Lotus
Hot pink flowers. Strong bloomer....

Nelumbo lutea 'White'

Nelumbo lutea 'White'

Common Name: Lotus
White flowers. Strong bloomer....

Nuphar Lutea

Nuphar Lutea

Common Name: Spatterdock
Yellow Ranunculuc type flowers stand 3-4" above the water level. Plant introduces lots of oxygen into the water. Easy to grow....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Burgundy Princess'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Burgundy Princess'

Common Name: Waterlily
Deep red flowers in Spring - Summer with small leaves that are maroon at first and age to a dark green. 4-5" wide....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Changeable'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Changeable'

Common Name: Waterlily
Dramatically changes color from yellow to pink as the flower ripens over several days....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Fire Opal'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Fire Opal'

Common Name: Waterlily
Rich pink double flowers. Large grower....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'James Brydon'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'James Brydon'

Common Name: Waterlily
Hot pink flowers with metallic sheen with an aple spice fragrance. Dark stamens tipped with yellow anthers. Partial shade....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Joey Tomocik'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Joey Tomocik'

Common Name: Waterlily
Large pale yellow flowers rise high above mottled foliage in Spring - Summer. 3-4" across. Great for medium to large ponds....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Pink'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Pink'

Common Name: Waterlily
Vigouous, mid to large size grower. Plant 24" under water's surface for winter hardiness in Northern areas....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Red'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Red'

Common Name: Waterlily
Reddish flowers with pink undertone. Plant 24" under water's surface for winter hardiness in Northern states....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'White'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'White'

Common Name: Waterlily
Fast grower with classy white blooms. Mid to large size. Plant 24" under water's surface for winter hardiness in Northern areas....

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Yellow'

Nymphaeaceae Nymphaea 'Yellow'

Common Name: Waterlily
Elegant yellow blooms. Mid to large size. Plant 24" under water's surface for winter hardiness in Northern areas....

Oenanthe fistulosa 'Flamingo'

Oenanthe fistulosa 'Flamingo'

Common Name: Water Dropwort -Variegated
Creeping groundcover with white, green and pink lacy foliage. It forms a fast spreading mate and is shade tolerant....

Pistia stratoides

Pistia stratoides

Common Name: Water Lettuce
Unique light green lettuce-like foliage that floats on the water's surface. Does best in moving water. Prefers some light shade....

Pontederia cordata 'Pinkpons'

Pontederia cordata 'Pinkpons'

Common Name: Pickerel Weed
Shiny, deep green lance shaped leaves. Pink flower clusters at the top of the plant. Shade tolerant....

Pontederia cordata 'Purple'

Pontederia cordata 'Purple'

Common Name: Pickerel Weed
Awesome, shiny, deep green lance shaped leaves. Purple-blue flower clusters on stems. Shade tolerant....

Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi-Chi'

Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi-Chi'

Common Name: Pink Bell Flower
Bright colorful plant with narrow dark green foliage that bear large pink petunia-like flowers. Blooms all summer....

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie'

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie'

Common Name: Dwarf Bluebells
Spectacular dwaft plant with narrow lance shaped leaves. Has purple petunia-like flowers all summer....

Rumex sanguineus

Rumex sanguineus

Common Name: Bloody Dock
Lance shaped leaves have dark blood-red veins on green fronds. Provides excellent texture....

Sagittaria latifolia

Sagittaria latifolia

Common Name: Arrow Head
Native wetland plant. Bold and distinctive arrow shaped leaves. White apple blossom-like flowers on arching stems....

Sarracenia purpurea 'Scarlett Belle'

Sarracenia purpurea 'Scarlett Belle'

Common Name: Pitcher Plant

Pitcher plant with a signature, ruffled hood which covers most of the opening.

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Saururus cernus 'Red Stem'

Saururus cernus 'Red Stem'

Common Name: Lizard's Tail -Variegated
Forms attractive clumps of green heart shaped foliage on red stems. Fragrant white slowers on curving spikes. Bronze foliage in fall....

Scirpus cernuus

Scirpus cernuus

Common Name: Fiber Optic Plant
Very tiny stems that form a complete ball shaped plant with small pearls at the end of the leaves, creating dancing pearls effects....

Scirpus zebrinus

Scirpus zebrinus

Common Name: Rush -Zebra Rush
Lovely vertically striped rush stems of cream and green. Forms neat clumps. A must have plant!...

Thalia dealbata

Thalia dealbata

Common Name: Canna -Hardy Canna
Purple flowers clustered in bracts on top of graceful stems. Large blue-green leaves. Stunning!...

Thalia geniculata 'Ruminoides'

Thalia geniculata 'Ruminoides'

Common Name: Thalia -Red Stemmed
Big, bold canna-like leaves on red stems. Summer blooming pinkish purple bell-shaped flowers....

Typha latifolia 'Variegata'

Typha latifolia 'Variegata'

Common Name: Cattail-Variegated
Captivating green and white striped leaves with cinnamon brown cattails. Slower growth that other varieties....

Typha minima 'minima'

Typha minima 'minima'

Common Name: Cattail -Miniature
Unusually small variety with fine blue-green leaves. Unique rounded cattails are 1" long. Excellent for smaller ponds....

Wedelia trilobata

Wedelia trilobata

Common Name: Water Zinnia
Tropical bog plant with glossy dark green foliage. Golden Zinnia type flowers bloom through summer....

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Common Name: Calla Lily
Graceful large white Calla flowers cover the plant all summer. Gorgeous glossy green foliage....
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