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 Swamp Buttercup

Swamp buttercup (Ranunculus septentrionalis) has green trifoliate, toothed leaves.  Their small, waxy yellow flowers bloom in early spring.  Swamp buttercup grows in bushy clumps close to the ground and is hardy from zones 4-8. Common Names: Swamp buttercup Scientific Name: Ranunculus septentrionalis  Sun Tolerance: Swamp buttercup enjoys part sun or light […]

Aquatic swamp buttercup pond plant

Native blue iris picture

Water Plant Blue Flag Iris or Bearded Water Iris

  Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor) has fan-shaped blades of leaves that can reach 2 feet high.  Their with showy violet-blue spring flowers have yellow centers and grow clumped together on sturdy stalks.  Blue flag iris look spectacular throughout the season in bog filters, container gardens and along edges in […]


Water Plant Marsh Marigold or Cowslip

Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) has dark green, heart or kidney-shaped leaves that grow off a thick, hollow branching stem.  Shiny yellow spring flowers erupt early in spring, sometimes before all of the snow has left for the season.  Marsh marigolds or cowslips are best enjoyed along edges of ponds or […]

Cowslip spring flowering perennial flowers

Buck bean or bog bean aquatic plant

Water Plant Buck Bean or Bog Bean

Buck bean (Menyanthes trifoliata) has 3-parted green basal leaves that form off of green to pinkish fleshy stems.  Their hairy white flowers bloom as early as grape hyacinths and their fleshy pink stems grow like a floating carpet.  Buck bean is an easy plant to grow in water because it […]