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Aponogeton distachyos

Cape pondweed

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  • Aponogeton distachyos | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Aponogeton distachyos | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsMarch to October
  • Height0.1m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitWater plant
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Aponogeton distachyos (Cape pondweed). This is an ornamental aquatic plant with dense foliage or elliptic to lance-shaped leaves. The scented white flowers are held in spikes, just above the surface of the water.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Tuber, Fragrant

Other common names

Water hawthorn

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Semi-aquatic, floating, ornamental.

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  • Aponogeton distachyos | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Aponogeton distachyos | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilLight
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Grow to a depth of 30-90cm in fresh water. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Divide rhizomes in spring or sow seed when ripe.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch our for water snails which can damage plants.

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