Our native aquatic plants - page 2

Emergent species

Pickerelweed
(Pontederia cordata)
 ©Janet Allen Pickerelweed

Pickerelweed spreads pretty fast, like many aquatic plants. It's a beautiful addition to our pond, and it also offers nectar.

Wildlife: Seeds eaten by waterfowl; attracts dragonflies
Deer resistance: Minimal
More info from Wildflower Center

Arrowhead
(Sagittaria latifolia)
 ©Janet Allen Arrowhead

Arrowhead is also known as duck potato or Indian potato due to its fleshy tuber. It has interesting white flowers and does not spread vigorously. In fact, it has been getting crowded out by more aggressive growers, so I need to find the remaining plants and dedicate some space for it.

Wildlife: Underground tubers for ducks and snapping turtles
More info from Wildflower Center

Lizard's tail
(Saururus cernuus)
 ©Janet Allen Lizard's tail

Lizard's tail has a curved lizard's tail of white flowers. Unlike many aquatic plants, it doesn't spread very readily, but still, I have a nice number of plants. Like the Goldilocks story, it's just right.

Wildlife: Wood ducks
Deer resistance: High
More info from Wildflower Center

Submerged species

Anacharis
(Elodea canadensis)
 ©Janet Allen Elodea

For years, we added anacharis (also known as elodea) to provide oxygen to the water (or so it was recommended).

NOTE: I'm assuming that the label was correct, but unfortunately this can often be an inaccurate assumption. People will sell anything and don't always care about accuracy. The reason an accurate ID is important is that there is a Brazilian elodea that is a non-native invasive in NYS. Other non-native look-alikes are also possible.

We don't know if it's really necessary or not, but we've found that it has become much too prolific since it survives the winter and takes off in the spring where it left off in the fall.

We've pulled out gobs of the stuff, and if we ever get rid of it we may find that it indeed was providing a benefit—but I'm willing to find out!

More info from Wildflower Center and BONAP's distribution map