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Water garden emergent floating plants  

Emergent water plants grow at the edges of bodies of water, and usually show off attractive leaves or fronds. They’re not known as flowering plants, but when they do produce flowers they’re usually spectacular. You can use emergent plants for ponds you build in the backyard; they’ll add an attractive natural touch to your landscaping design.

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General Videos :

Which Type Of Plants Best Suitable To Ponds- Marginal Plants - Water Surface

Aquatic Plants - A Sophisticated Pond

Emergent floating pond plants list :


1-  Vallisneria americana  : 

2- Nasturtium officinale - R.Br.

A nice groundcover that runs riot in wet soil. This is the best way to fight it: prepare bread and butter, chop the watercress and it on the bread; or prepare a salad of watercress; or use it chopped and mixed with cottage cheese. As soon as you aquired a taste for it, the watercress will have a hard time to run riot in sufficient numbers for your kitchen needs. It contains a lot of vitamins and is depurative. It is possible to keep this plant in bowls and pots if well watered. 


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3- Ipomoea aquatica 

Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) is a tropical vegetable in the sweet potato family.  It grows well in marshy wetland areas and can easily be propagated through stem cuttings.  At Never Ending Food we have cement planters in each of our small ponds to keep the roots of water-loving plants from taking over the entire water feature.  This allows more room for other species to thrive, such as fish and frogs.  Each of these planters has a Water Spinach plant growing in it.  This helps to draw much needed oxygen out of the air and into the ponds, as well as giving us the element of


functional landscaping’ that provides beauty and vegetables.  The Water Spinach flower is a very beautiful purplish-white bloom that has sometimes earned it the nickname ‘Water Morning Glory’.  Water Spinach leaves can be cooked just as any other spinach or sweet potato leaf.  They have been found to be very high sources of potassium and iron, as well as moderate sources of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.

4-Mosaic Plant - Ludwegia sedioides :

  • The Mosaic Plant floats on surface.

  • Yellow flowers in summer.

  • Full sun.

  • Hardy zones 9-10 [See Map]

  • Planting depth: 10-20".

The 3" round clusters of small red and green leaves make this pond plant a favorite. Plant Mosaic about 6" below the surface and the leaf clusters will spread about 2' across. Mosaic plant is a very unique water garden plant that will spread well in warm water. Your water temperatures must be 70 to 75 degrees for this tropical plant. Mosaic plant needs pH to be below 8 to survive, as it does not tolerate water with high pH.


Water Depth: Grows in 4" to 12" Water Depth
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Temperature: 70 degrees +

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11


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Other plants can be :

  • Iris

  • Umbrella palm

  • Canna 

  • Creeping Jenny Pond Plants

  • Pickerel Pond Plants

  • Taro

  • Cardinal Flower

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