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Professor Russell the Koi says: "They are many types of water plants.  All provide benefits to aquatic ecosystems by consuming nutrients that would otherwise feed unsightly algae!"

 

Types & Varieties of Water Plants

 

 

Canna available at Russell Watergardens

Bog
Marginal
Floating
Submerged

 

Beautiful water iris are available at Russell Watergardens

 

 

 

 

 

There are hundreds of types and varieties of water plants available at your Russell Watergardens & Koi store. Each State has its own regulations for aquatic plants - so each store's inventory may vary.

Visit your local Russell Watergardens & Koi store for aquatic plants that are approved for sale in your state.

Within each of the categories listed above, their are "Hardy" and "Tropical" varieties. Hardy are perennial, and Tropical are considered as annuals.

Water plants from Russell Watergardens complete the look of any type of water feature!

Bog Plants
Water depths of 0" over crown

Bog plants are plants that live in moist soil. Bog plants typically prefer to have just their "feet" wet - meaning: just their roots. Usually, a bog doesn't have long term standing water over the soil level. Virtually all marginal plants live comfortably in bog areas, but bog plants typically can't tolerate the deeper water depths that the marginal plants can. Bog plants are great for the edges of ponds and streams.

 

A few examples of bog plants you may find
at Russell Watergardens & Koi:

Sarracenia available at Russell WatergardensSarracenia - Sarraceniaceae

Sarracenia - also known as "Carnivorous Plants" and/or "Pitcher Plants". There are many varieties of Sarracenia available at Russell Watergardens. Part of the interest in these plants is that they are "Mosquito Eaters". They trap and metabolize mosquitoes, gnats, and other small insects.

Sarracenia grow at the edges of ponds and streams where the "crown" of the plant can be above the water line. (The "crown" is the line where the plant enters the soil) They grow in sun to part shade and can grow to 24" tall.

Many types of Sarracenia are available at Russell Watergardens

 

 

Some varieties of Sarracenia available at Russell Watergardens resemble Japanese Lanterns and/or Dragon Heads! They are endlessly fascinating and beautiful - and are a "must have" plant in all pond edges, streams, and or container bog gardens.

Other bog plant varieties you'll find at Russell Watergardens are Gunnera Manicata - also known as Giant Brazil ion Rhubarb.

 

 

A few examples of marginal plants you may find
at Russell Watergardens & Koi:

Marginal
Water depths 0" - 6" over crown

A wide variety of aquatic iris are available at Russell Watergardens

Aquatic Iris

There are many varieties, sizes, and colors of iris available at Russell Watergardens. All bloom in spring to early summer. Grow in full sun to part shade. All have exceptionally beautiful blossoms.

Blossoms range from white to purple, blue to red. Each color also features either blue, purple, yellow, red, and orange - or a mixture of colors.

 

Beautiful aquatic iris are available at Russell Watergardens

 

 

Iris blossoms are at the end of tall stocks that lift the flower above the leaves.

Iris blossoms make beautiful floral arrangements inside the home!

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Rush - Juncus

Dwarf RushCurley Rush
Variegated Rush
Zebra Rush
Compact Rush
Common Rush
Blue Rush
Gray Rush
and many others

Rushes are an important aquatic plant as they provide texture, color, and interest. They also provide a backdrop for flowering aquatic plants. Some Rushes are evergreen - providing interest during the winter months.

Cattail - Typha

Many varieties of Cattail are available at Russell Watergardens

 

Miniature Cattail
Dwarf Cattail
Variegated Cattail
Common Cattail
Graceful Cattail

Cattail are also important aquatic plants that provide vertical texture and winter interest to any pond.

When "blooming", the plumes provide striking texture and beauty. The photo on the left is of Dwarf Cattail.

 

 

 

Canna - cannaceae

There are Hardy Canna and Tropical Canna. By far, the Tropical Cannas have the most striking foliage and the most beautiful blooms.

Canna available at Russell Watergardens Canna available at Russell Watergardens Canna available at Russell Watergardens

A few examples of floating plants, submerged oxygenators, and water lilies you may find at Russell Watergardens & Koi:

Popular Floating Plants

Water HyacinthWater Lettuce - Araceae
Water Hyacinth - Eichhornia
Water Fern/Fairy Moss - Azolla caroliniana
Duckweed - Lemnaceae
Frogbit - Hydrocharitaceae

 

Popular Submerged Oxygenators

Hornwort - Ceratophyllum
Sagittaria - Sagittaria

Lotus, & Hardy and Tropical Water Lilies

Many varieties of Lotus are available at Russell Watergardens

There is nothing quite like the beauty and elegance that Lotus brings to your pond.

Lotus blooms can be as large as dinner plates! The leaves can be even larger!

 

 

Many varieties of water lilies are available at Russell Watergardens

 

 

 

Hardy Water Lilies are perennial. Tropical Water Lilies are annual. Its best for color and texture to have a mixture of both in the pond.

Tropical Water Lilies are available at Russell Watergardens

 

Hardy Water Lily blooms float on the surface of the water while Tropical Water Lily blooms rise above the water.

 

Tropical Water Lilies are available at Russell Watergardens

 

 

Both Hardy and Tropical Water Lilies provide shade for your fish - and shades algae from the sun light it needs.

Hundreds of hardy and tropical water lilies are available at your Russell Watergardens store!

 

No pond is complete without a beautiful mix of water lilies.

Both Hardy and Tropical Water Lilies are easy to grow, and provide unparalleled beauty to your pond.

Miss Russell the Koi says: "You can really have as many water plants as you wish, as long as you at least have a minimum amount to absorb all the available nitrates!"

 
 
 
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