Aquatic Pond Plant Profiles

Water Plant Profiles contains profiles on specific species of aquatic pond plants. Learn the growing requirements and benefits of your favorite aquatic plants.


Water Plant Monkey Flower

Monkey flower (Mimulus ringens) has oblong-shaped leaves with jagged edges and lavender flowers.  Monkey flower tolerates full sun but performs best in part shade.  Monkey flower looks great in container gardens or among sedges in up to 6 inches of water.  They are hardy to zone 5. Common Names: Monkey […]


Water Plant Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) has bright green lance-shaped leaves with bright red flowers and enjoys full sun to shade.  Cardinal flower is best enjoyed on the back edge of a bog or the center of a container garden in up to 3 inches of water.  They are hardy in zones […]


Water Plant Swamp Hibiscus

Swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a pond shrub with large heart-shaped leaves and does well in full sun or partial shade.  Swamp hibiscus is best enjoyed in moist or shallow areas and is a great focal point in a container garden.  They are hardy to zone 5. Common Names: Swamp […]


Water Plant Cattail

Cattails (Typha latifolia) have broad linear leaf blades with dense brown spike at the top.  Cattails are great filter plants in a bog, stream or pond and are hardy to zone 3. Common Names: Cattail, Broadleaf cattail, Common cat-tail, broad-leaf cat-tail Scientific Name: Typha latifolia Sun Tolerance: Cattails do well […]


Water Plant Marsh Betony

Marsh betony (Stachys palustris) has small, hairy, green leaves similar to Bee balm, which change color to maroon or yellow in the fall with thick spikes of pink or purple flowers.  Marsh betony looks great in shaded plant containers, bog filters, stream beds and pond shelves. Hardy from zones 4-8. […]


Water Plant Lizards Tail

Lizard tail (Saururus cernuus) has heart-shaped leaves with tiny, fragrant white flowers preferring partial shade but tolerates full sun in cooler climates.  Lizard Tail grows well along streams, areas of seasonal flooding, in container gardens or on a plant shelf in a water garden. Hardy in zones 4-11. Common Names: […]


Water Plant Butterfly Plant

Butterfly plant (Asclepias incarnata) has narrow, willow-shaped leaves with small, fragrant dark pink flowers and enjoys full sun or part shade.  Pink butterfly plant adds height to any landscape and can tolerate up to 5 inches of water. Hardy to zone 3. Common Names: Butterfly plant, butterfly weed, swamp milkweed […]


Water Plant Arrow Arum

Arrow arum (Peltandra virginica) has green arrow shaped leaves and displays tiny white flowers on a spadix.  They grow well in full sun or partial shade conditions.  Arrow arum stands tall and looks impressive in a container garden, along the water’s edge and in bog filters. These plants are common […]