Floating Plants

water hyacinth (13157 bytes) Water Hyacinth Shiny green leaves. Stems expand into pseudo bulbs. Orchid-like lavendar flowers. Long, bushy roots for spawning. Hardy zones 9-10.

Photograph courtesy of Aqua Mart

Water Lettuce (17218 bytes)  

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Water Lettuce Pistia ssp
More intricately pattern than common water lettuce and a better overall plant.
Compact growing habit.
Zone 9

Photograph courtesy of Patio Garden Ponds

 

sensitive plant (17137 bytes) Sensitive Plant Tropical Marginal plant. Creeping plant whose leaves close upon touch. Planting depth: 3-8". Full sun to partial shade. Yellow flowers in summer. Hardy zones 9-11

Photograph courtesy of The Water Garden

Parrots feather (16621 bytes) Parrot's Feather When planted 12" deep, shiny gray/green heads appear on water's surface. If planted in shallow water, fern-like leaves trail on water's surface. Roots provide spawning area for fish. Hardy zones 5-10.

Photograph courtesy of The Water Garden

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