Fabulous native plant with large, attractive 3-lobed leaves and delightful, sadly short-lived, spears of pink buds that open to delicate white flowers. Stems trail just under the water making this a useful plant for surface cover. A must for any pond!
Top tip: Much visited by bees, moths and hoverflies, and an attractive food plant for hawk moth caterpillars. Can be invasive in larger ponds/lakes where maintenance is less rigorous.
Height of plant: 5-25cm .
Propagation: Shoots readily drop roots into water or wet soil and can be divided and planted by pushing any rooted section into the soil.
How to plant: Plant into any 5lt planting basket filled with heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil. Place on a shelf in the pond that is deep enough for the water to cover the soil to the recommended depth. Fill the planting basket nearly full, make a hole and drop in the rooted end of the shoot. Holding the plant securely 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.