Native aquatic plants

Soft rush flower ©Janet AllenSoft rush is mainly a foliage plant, but it does have this "flower."

Aquatic plants are quite different from other kinds of plants. They definitely lend a different look to the garden.

We've tried to use only native plants in our habitat garden, but it isn't easy to come by this information for aquatic plants. And then the native aquatics can be difficult to find.

Many of the aquatic plants spread—unfortunately into the center of the pond—so we have to keep after them. We'd rather keep the plants at the edge of the pond and eliminate the ones in the center, but of course, it's harder to get to the ones in the center.

We have some of the four kinds of aquatic plants:

  • Marginal species that grow along the edge of the pond
  • Emergent species that grow up out of the water—important for dragonflies to climb up before emerging from their larval form
  • Floating species rooted in the soil, but whose leaves float on the surface
  • Submerged species that live in the water itself, thus receiving less sunlight.

Here is a list of the aquatic plants we grow in our habitat garden.