SCIRPUS TABERNAEMONTANI ‘ZEBRINUS’ (Zebra Rush)
This is an attractive marginal plant for water gardens, ponds and streams. This rush has striking horizontal banding in cream and green. This plant is best situated in full sun, the upright porcupine-like quills will grow to a height of 60-90cms and this plant also helps to remove nitrates. The Zebra Rush will tolerate up to 30cm of water over the crown.
THALIA DEALBATA (Water Canna)
This hardy aquatic perennial is a large plant, reaching a height of 180-200cm, with showy, tropical looking leaves. The small violet blue flowers appear on branching stems from June to September. Thalia Dealbata should ideally be situated in ponds and lakes as this dramatic plant enjoys a sunny position in hummus rich soil. It can handle a water depth of around 10-60cm over the crown.
This deciduous ground cover grows vigorously from late spring when the striking leaves first appear. The heart-shaped, ivy-like leaves have red, cream and green foliage and simple white flowers with a prominent centre. If this plant is grown in the shade, the red variegation will fade to gold. Houttunynia Chameleon is ideal for damp conditions or bordering a pond in the garden, and thrives with other moisture loving plants.
PISTIA STRATIOTES COMPACTA (Water Lettuce)
This pond or aquarium plant has attractive thick green, ridged leaves which form a floating rosette and elegant trailing roots in purple, black or white. It can form a dense mat on the surface of the water and the roots provide breeding and hiding space for fish.
LIMNOBIUM LAEVIGATUM (Amazon Frogbit)
This is a floating aquatic plant that is native to rivers throughout Central and South America. The floating rosettes send out runners with juvenile plants sprouting on the ends of the runners. Limnobium Laevigatum has medium light requirements, but it is a fast growing plant and can block out light to other plants growing below, so needs to be thinned regularly.
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