Baldellia ranunculoides


 Lesser Water Plantain

Attractive little plant producing a profusion of small, very pale lilac flowers amidst dense lime-green foliage.


Useful little plant that has lots of pretty, small pale lilac flowers.  Grow with foliage submerged under water to help with oxygenation. Readily produces seeds from early Summer.

Top tip: Grows more readily in deeper water if planted in with other marginal plants.

Flowers: May/September.

Height of plant: 5-30cm from crown with tips of leaves and flowers held above the water surface.

Propagation: Division of plants April/September

How to plant:  Plant into any 5lt planting basket filled with heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and placed on a shelf in the pond.  Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the crown of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim.  For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

Recommended planting depth:  The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is  5-30cm.