Introduction to Pond Plants
terms “Aquatic Plants” and "Pond Plants" represent
a wide range of Plants growing in several habitats.
Some Aquatic Plants grow in deep water. Lotus and Water
Water Plants) are the most famous of this pond plant
group. Others grow in the shallower margins (Marginal
Plants) of the pond. Many pond plants like the growing
conditions in the moist bogs (Bog Plants) on the rim
of the pond and another group grows completely submerged
in the pond water (Submersed or Oxygenating Plants).
Still others just float on the surface of the pond (Floating
Plants) and need not be rooted in anything at all. These
plants are all important to the natural balance of the
Water Plants include Lotus
Lilies. These pond plants bloom profusely when fertilized
with adequate amounts of aquatic
plant fertilizer (fish safe) and are available in
many colors and sizes. Water Lilies are available in
hardy and tropical varieties.
Marginal Plants encompass a vast variety
Plants that include such well-known species as cattails.
Marginal pond plants grow in two to twelve inches of
water depending on variety and size.
Plants grow in the constantly moist, but not totally
submerged areas around the rim of the pond.
Plants grow totally submerged and perform the important
functions of competing with algae for nutrients in the
pond and providing cover and spawning grounds for pond
Plants such as Water Hyacinths (prohibited due to rapid
spreading in many southern areas) and Water Lettuce
provide fast shade and cover for the pond surface.
for Aquatic Plants
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