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Aponogeton distachyos, Water Hawthorn, Vleikos, Cape Pond Weed, Water Hyacinth

Aponogeton distachyos

Water Hawthorn, Vleikos, Cape Pond Weed, Water Hyacinth
Family: Aponogetonaceae
Origin: Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunBog or aquaticWhite/off-white flowersFragrant

Aponogeton distachyos is an aquatic plant growing from a tuberous rhizome. The flowers are produced on an erect spike with two branches; they are sweetly scented, with one or two white petal-like perianth segments, and six or more dark purple-brown stamens.

It is also used as an aquarium and pond plant.



Aponogeton distachyos, Water Hawthorn, Vleikos, Cape Pond Weed, Water Hyacinth
Aponogeton distachyos, Water Hawthorn, Vleikos, Cape Pond Weed, Water Hyacinth


Link to this plant:
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Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed, Rose Milkweed, Swamp Silkweed
Asclepias incarnata Cinderella

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed, Rose Milkweed, Swamp Silkweed
Family: Apocynaceae   (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: North America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunBog or aquaticKeep soil moistRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersIrritatingAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This pretty flower is an erect, clump-forming, Missouri native plant which is commonly found in swamps, river bottomlands and wet meadows throughout the State. It typically grows 3-4' tall on branching stems. Small, fragrant, pink to mauve flowers (1/4" wide), each with five reflexed petals and an elevated central crown, appear in tight clusters (umbels) at the stem ends in summer.

Flowers are followed by attractive seed pods (to 4" long) which split open when ripe releasing silky-haired seeds easily carried by the wind. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies as a nectar source. In addition, swamp milkweed is an important food source (albeit somewhat less important than upland species of Asclepias) for the larval stage of Monarch butterflies.

Genus name honors the Greek god Asklepios the god of medicine. Specific epithet means flesh-colored.

Easily grown in full sun. Tolerant of average well-drained soils in cultivation even though the species is native to swamps and wet meadows. Plants have deep taproots and are best left undisturbed once established. Foliage is slow to emerge in spring.

Sunny borders, stream/pond banks, butterfly gardens. A good plant for low spots or other moist areas in the landscape.

Stems exude a toxic milky sap when cut.



Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed, Rose Milkweed, Swamp Silkweed


Link to this plant:
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Avicennia germinans, Black Mangrove

Avicennia germinans

Black Mangrove
Family: Avicenniaceae
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeBog or aquaticOrnamental foliageFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Mangroves are tropical plants that are adapted to loose, wet soils, salt water, and being periodically submerged by tides. Great for aquariums and ponds. See Article about mangroves.



Avicennia germinans, Black Mangrove
Avicennia germinans, Black Mangrove
Avicennia germinans, Black Mangrove


Link to this plant:
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Barringtonia calyptrata, Mango Pine, Cassowary Pine

Barringtonia calyptrata

Mango Pine, Cassowary Pine
Family: Lecythidaceae
Origin: New Guinea, Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticWhite/off-white flowersFragrantDeciduousFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Barringtonia calyptrata is a species of mangrove. The fragrant white flowers are in long pendulous spikes and appear just prior to the new growth flush.





Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/barringtonia_calyptrata.htm

Bolbitis heteroclita, Water Fern

Bolbitis heteroclita

Water Fern
Family: Elaphoglossaceae
Origin: Malesia
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterOrnamental foliageFlood tolerant

Bolbitis heteroclita normally grows on the margin of water bodies, but will also grow submerged.

Bolbitis heteroclita is cultivated as an ornamental plant for aquariums, paludariums and garden ponds.



Bolbitis heteroclita, Water Fern
Bolbitis heteroclita, Water Fern


Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/bolbitis_heteroclita.htm
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