Water 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 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 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 […]

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

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 […]

Native blue iris picture

Cowslip spring flowering perennial flowers

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 […]