Milagra Canyon Ranch

Pond Plants

Start a water garden instantly with a collection of bare root plants. I have a variety of floating, submergent, emergent and floating leaf plants for you to put in or around your pond.

Floating Plants:

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)- a floating plant with awesome lavender flowers. Great for pond filtration and fish spawning. Moderately cold tolerant.

Water Lettuce (Pistia stratoites)- A floating plant that is also called shell flower. Its dangling roots are great for fish spawing and cover for fry and excellent for pond filtration. Being a tropical plant, it needs protection from the cold.

Frogbit- Nickel sized, foam filled leaves float on the surface with roots hanging below.

Duckweed (Lemna minor)-Tiny floating plants that like partly shady areas of your pond. Fish love it too!

Azolla (fairy moss)- a small floating fern that my koi love to eat. Turns red in full sun conditions.

Submergent Plants:

Elodea (Elodea canadensis)- A submergent native plant that is a great oxygenator. It is also valuable for food and cover for fish.

Jungle Vallisneria (Vallisneria americana gigantea)- A ribbon-leafed submergent oxygenating plant that spreads by runners and can get up to six feet long. Very nice in your aquarium too!

Coontail (Hornwort) (Ceratophyllum demersum)- A submergent oxygenating plant that can be planted or allowed to float freely.

Emergent Plants:

Yellow Canna- a lush green tropical- looking plant that has gorgeous yellow flowers and can get 4 feet tall. Also does well in the moist soil areas of your garden.

Blue Iris (Iris versicolor)-A lovely violet colored iris that is native to the U.S. Can also grow in the moist soil areas of your garden. This hardy plant flowers in the spring.

Green Taro- Large elephant ear- like leaves give a tropical look to the pond. Moderately cold tolerant.

Papyrus- A beautiful tropical plant that can get 8 feet tall, Plant in a pot to control size. Somewhat cold hardy.

Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alterniflora)- A good looking pond plant that's vigorous and very hardy. Plant in a pot to control size. Gets up to 5' tall.

Dwarf Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alterniflora gracilis) -The graceful foliage of this plant reaches only 18 inches high. Great for tub gardens. Adapts to cold weather well.

Dwarf Papyrus- A dwarf version of papyrus that gets to 18”. Sensitive to the cold.

Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)- This emergent aquatic plant has nice arrow-shaped leaves with pretty white flowers. It is a hardy native plant and can multiply fast by growing tubers called "duck potatoes".

Horsetail (Equisetum sp.)- Green leafless stems with rings add a beautiful backdrop to the pond. This “living fossil” is a slow starter but a steady grower once established.

Sagittaria (Sagittaria sp.)- This emergent aquatic plant has nice broad green leaves with pretty white flowers. It is a hardy native plant and can grow completely submerged when young.

Floating Leaf Plants:

Hardy Water Lily (Nymphea sp.)- Beautiful flowers and large round floating leaves. Plant six inches to two feet below the water surface. I have white, pink, yellow and a yellow to pink changeable variety. Goes dormant in the winter.

Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyus)- The perfect companion to the water lily pond. This plant has elongated floating leaves and unique white flowers with a vanilla scent. It flowers in the spring and fall when temps are cooler and when water lilies are just starting out or going dormant. It can thrive in moving water and reseeds easily.