The Plants

Native British Plants:

Recommended plants:-

We decided to plant native British species of plants obtained from a specialist garden centre, or as cuttings from my sisters well established pond.

Oxygenating plants.

  • Hornwort – Ceratophyllum Demersum.
  • Spiked Water Milfoil – Myriophyllum Spicatum.
  • Broadleaved Pondweed – Potamogeton Natans.
  • Curly Pondweed – Potamogeton Crispus.
  • Water Starwort – Callitriche Palustris.

Deep water plants:

  • Dwarf White Waterlily – Nymphaea Candida.

Marginal plants:

  • Arrowhead – Sagttaria Sagittfolia.
  • Tufted Loosestrife – Lysimachia Thyrsiflora.
  • Water Violet – Hottonia Palustris.
  • Creeping Jenny – Lysimachia Nummularia.
  • Yellow Flag Iris – Iris Pseudaconus.
  • Marigold (giant) – Caltha Polypetala
  • Marigold (marsh) – Caltha Palustris.
  • Water Mint – Mentha Aquatica.
  • Bog Bean – Menyanthes Trifoliata.
  • Lesser Spearwort – Ranunculus Flammula.

Moisture-loving plants:

  • Meadowsweet – Filipendula Ulmaria.
  • Skullcap – Scutellaria Laterifolia.
  • Common Valerian – Valerian Officinalis.
  • Marsh Woundwort – Stachys Palustris.

Plants to avoid:

There are a number of plants sold in garden centres that are very invasive and best avoided. Particularly bad is the Parrots Feather – Myriophyllum Aquaticum, which is invading waters in the southwest of England and seems to be spreading further north.

Also avoid:

  • Australian Swamp Stonecrop – Crassula Helmsii.
  • New Zealand Pigmy Weed – Tillaea Recurva.
  • Floating Pennywort – Hydrocotyle Ranunculoides.
  • Fairy Fern – Azolla Filiculoides.
  • Small Leaved Duckweed – Lemna Minuta.
  • Canadian Pondweed – Elodea Canadensis.
  • Nuttalls Water Thyme – Elodea Nuttalli.
  • White Waterlily – Nymphaea Alba.
  • Burr Reed – Sparganium Erectum. The roots can pierce the pond liner.
  • Bulrush – Typha Latifolia.
  • Lesser Reed Mace – Typha Angustifolia.
  • Common Reed – Phragmites Austalis.
  • Greater Spearwort – Ranunculus Lingua.