04-22-2012, 11:09 PM
Location: Penticton, BC, Okanagan Valley, Canada
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Need suggestions for water tolerant plants
I am trying to assemble a list of water tolerant plants, which are also shade tolerant.
Here is my problem, which triggered that:
I have a gazebo, which has three ”walls”, which are overgrown with grapevines. The
fourth one, the north side, is furnished by a large juniper.
View of the gazebo from the north side
Moulded into the juniper is a small trough like pond in which I used to grow dwarf varieties
of water lilies, water hyacinths and water lettuce.
This is now a ‘no-go’, because the gazebo is densely overgrown with grapevines and clematis
and there is no longer sufficient light
This photo, which I took in Vietnam gave me a different idea. The plant is available as tropical
houseplant here and would probably do well in a floating flower pot. Its roots can obviously
be submerged in water.
Because it qualifies as indoor plant (if somebody can help me out with its name, I'd appreciate it)
it can probably tolerate a shady location. Other plants, which in my own experience tolerate
their feet submerged in water are ‘wandering jew’, ‘philodendron’ and I am trying out just now
‘bacopa’. I have grown bacopa in pots in full sun, but googling it today it turned out, that it
is a very versatile plan. Several species of it are even grown completely submerged in aquariums,
but they seem to have different leaves, judging from the photos. Also they may well not get
enough light in my ‘pond’.
I would really appreciate suggestions for other plants, which tolerate wet feet, especially if they
also tolerate shade and flower.