Small flowering aquatics are small plants that grow and flower at the water surface. Similar to a Water Lillie's presence but much smaller.
Not sure where this plant gets its name but the leaves are about the size of a quarter and scalloped. The flower is like a star with scalloped, curved, enlaced petals. An Extra ordinary plant that is highly adaptable to many situations. For small or large ponds, it is often planted with taller bog plants to offset the dimension. On its own or outlining a bog area, it is a winner.
When the air is still, you’ll be enchanted by the scent of vanilla wafting from the Water Hawthorne in your pond. But that’s only one of this plant’s sensory treats. Day by day, the changing hues of its foliage and flowers delight the eyes. Floating gracefully upon the water, the oblong, four-inch leaves are a vivid green year-round. But wait . . . When the sun shines brightly, they seem to have tourmaline or maroon markings. Waxy flowers perched on two to four inch long V-shaped spikes begin appearing in late summer. When they first open, they’re as white as coconut frosting. Gradually they turn almost green. Plant the Water Hawthorne in shallow water and the blooms may display a crimson tinge; some will even have blush or garnet tones. Coal black stamens accent the blossoms whatever their color. In milder climates, the Water Hawthorne blooms into the fall and even winter, alternating with water lilies during dormant periods. This perennial native of South Africa spreads to cover an area three feet in diameter and will bloom in considerable shade. (Deciduous)
Resembling its namesake, the California poppy, this lively aquatic compliments tropical water lilies and adds a bright, cheerful touch to your pond. Small, oval to heart-shaped floating pine green leaves form a striking background for the miniature three petaled lemon flowers which perch above the water. In the midst of each bloom you'll find a golden citrine circle cradling chocolate stamens, which look almost like eyes. The South American perennial blooms profusely in spring and summer and prefers full sun and shallow water. (Evergreen)
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