Marginal Plants




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Dwarf Onion

Dwarf Onion

(Zephyranthes candida) Dwarf Onions are a great starter onion plant for the aquarium. They can grow about 15 inches tall at best with a number of leaves that look like an onion. They have an onion like bulb as well. Plant them so the bulb is no more than halfway under the substrate. They prefer Medium light or better and some water flow over their leaves is preferred. but not necessary. These can be planted and thrive on ponds edge as well as fully terrestrial. They are often called rain lilies or Zephyr rain lilies when terrestrial. They tend to bloom immediately after a rain if planted completely out of the water. They can reproduce quite well in either situation by developing small "baby" bulbs on the sides of the mother bulbs.
$1.75

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Moneywort

Moneywort

(Bacopa monnieri) Moneywort or Delicate Water Hyssop. Despite the name this is NOT a delicate plant. It grows smaller leaves and lower than B caroliniana. B monnieri also has more intensely green leaves. It will deal with low light but prefers med low to med to med high light levels. Plant the stems into the substrate and they will grow roots quickly. The higher the light level the lower this one will grow. B monnieri also does well as a marginal plant in ponds or bogs as it can adjust to terrestrial life well. It will bloom if grown terrestrial(emersed) and looks quite nice.
$2.05

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Arrow Arum

Arrow Arum

(Peltandra virginica) The Arrow Arum is planted from a seed (about the size of a marble). It should be planted in the Spring and will produce a seed ball (about the size of a tennis ball) that will be filled with seed (about the size of a kernel of corn). The seed ball will split open in the Fall and the seed will float on the water. Suggested planting is in the Spring. It can be planted in damp muddy soil to 18 inches of water. It grows in areas of highest light and darkest shade. A perennial that grows in clumps. It has arrow shaped leaves. Grows in moist soils to shallow water. Plants will be one year olds sent bare root. They will likely flower and seed. Flowers look much like a calla lily.
$2.99

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Four Leaf Clover

Four Leaf Clover

(Marsilea quadrafolia) Four Leaf Clover is an easy aquatic plant. It will grow underwater of grow leaves to the surface If the water is shallow enough. It will stay pretty low if the water is deep enough. It can be used as a pond plant, Marginal plant or a Bog plant as well. It is not picky about water parameters and will thrive in cool water or tropical tanks. It needs Medium Lighting to do best. This is a 2X2" section of roots as shown in the picture of fully submerged Marsilea. It will adapt quickly to your tank or to a pond, marginal or bog situation as well. Most people have trouble with this plant when they get it, as it is usually grown fully emersed and will kind of die back when put under water. Not with ours, as we grow it underwater and it will easily adapt to emersed without major leaf death.
$3.25

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Variegated Four Leaf Clover

Variegated Four Leaf Clover

(Marsilea mutica) This is much like the standard Green Four Leaf clover But the leaves are variegated with inner white bands and a red edging.
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Blue Bells

Blue Bells

( Ruellia brittoniana )Winter hardy to USDA Zone 8 (maybe Zone 7 with protection and mulch) where it is best grown in medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering is in full sun. This is a versatile plant that tolerates an extremely wide range of growing conditions. It thrives as a marginal water plant and in boggy soils, but also does surprisingly well in average garden soils as long as moisture is consistent. It can reach 3 foot but usually stas at about 2 foot tall.Plants tolerate high heat and humidity. New plants may be rooted from stem cuttings. It should be noted that species plants have naturalized in the southeastern U. S., and some Ruellia species are currently listed as Category I invasive species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. In cooler climates plants may be grown as annuals, with stem cuttings overwintered indoors. Sold as single bare root portions with several growing stems.
$4.25

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lizard's tail

lizard's tail

( Saururus cernuus) lizards tail is a great marginal plant.. it can handle wet feet up to 10 inches deep or fully emersed roots as long as it can acquire water and not fully dry out.It shows a great flower mid spring and then produces seeds and the flower stalk truly looks like a lizard's tail.. It will often bloom up to 3 times a season if in good light and moisture. these are sold as 3 strong tubers and stalks in a 2 inch pot.
$4.50

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Amaryllis vittata-

Amaryllis vittata-

(Amaryllis vittata) This is a great marginal lily. it is hardy as far north as Zone 7. Otherwise, you can bring it in once it dies back and keep in newspaper until the following spring. The flowers are a white sometimes with a hot pink center and midribs . The flowers come up on one to three stalks a year with 3-7 flowers atop each stalk. These prefer to have wet roots so plant them CLOSE to waters edge. These are sold as single bare root growing bulbs.
$4.95

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Water Celery

Water Celery

(Oenanthe javanica) Water celery is great plant for vegetative filters. Some people call it water parsley. It may also go by the names "Daun Silom," "Chi Lawn," "Shellum," or "Sui Karn" in various Asian languages as it grows wild there. It grows very fast when rooted in gravel and consumes many nutrients. The lush growth sprouts a lot of white flower bunches in late August which the bees, moths,and butterflies, just love at my pond. Water celery can tolerate some moving water. water celery is eaten by fish where they can get it and by deer. It grows very well and in ideal situations, it will take over. Water celery is one of the few pond plants that will both take having its roots freeze solid and will also jump the pond and grow on dry land.It rarely flowered on dry land. As leaves mature they develop a bright hot pink leaf margin. These are sold as 2" pots packed with strong plants.
$5.45

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Yellow Flag water Iris

Yellow Flag water Iris

(Iris pseudacorus) . This is a bright yellow flower with intense orange spotting and some dark black edging on the spots .. this plant LOVES being on waters edge where it will bloom off and on all summer long. These are shipped as bare root growing tubers. It can be planted right at waters edge and up to 10" deep into water. Unfortunately this plant is prohibited in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington State.. This is sold as single bare root plants
$5.50

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