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Native Pond Plant Starter Pack 2 includes 7cm Floating Rings

The Native Starter Pack 2 Contains the following 7cm plants with rings 

2 x Knobbly club rush

1 x Upright milfoil

1 x Hairy nardoo

1 x Swamp goodenia

1 x Brahmi

 About the Plants

 

Knobbly Club Rush

Position:           Part shade (shade-tolerant) to full sun

Flowers:            No (Globe like seed heads)

Submersible:    To a depth of 1cm

Foliage:             Produces upright foliage  

Origin:              Native to Australia

Cover:              Provides cover for frogs

Propagation:     Division

Oxygenator:     No

Knobbly Club Rush (Ficinia nodosa) is the perfect Australian Native Plant for growing and emphasizing your pond’s borders. Growing up to 50cm tall Ficinia nodosa is  fantastic for frogs as the upright leaves are a great invitation for them to come and visit on top of the plant. It is a hardy choice that grows in a variety of different climatic conditions.

 

Upright Milfoil

Perennial

Height:             5cm - 20cm

Width:              15cm -60cm

Position:           Part shade (shade-tolerant) to full sun

Flowers:            yellow

Submersible:     To a depth of 20cm

Foliage:             Can Produce foliage above the water line and below the water line

Origin:              Australia

Cover:               Provides shelter and cover for frogs

Oxygenator:     Yes

Propagation:    runners & division

Milfoil is a fast-growing pond plant and this makes it ideal for natural algae control. It does this by competing with the algae for nutrients. Less nutrient means less algae and clear water.  Further the little fine leaves of Milfoil help to captcha small particles that float in the water further enhancing the clarity of the water in the pond.

Upright Milfoil is an attractive water plant and a good addition to any pond or water garden. Milfoil can be submerged to a depth of 20cm where it will act as an oxygenator and provides cover for fish and tadpoles. It will spread out over the surface of the pond and is used by frogs to spawn on.

Milfoil can be easily propagated and regular pruning will assist in keeping it tidy and neat.

 

Hairy Nardoo 

Perennial

Position: Full sun to part shade

Flowers: No

Edible: Yes, node or bulb

Submersible: Yes to a depth of 30cm

Foliage: Produces furry four-leaved foliage that floats on the surface of the water

Origin: Native to Australia

Cover: Great surface cover for fish

Oxygenator: No

Size: 30cm diameter

Hairy Nardoo Marsilea Drummondii is a classic Australian native water plant. Hairy Nardoo produces a clover-like soft furry leaf that closes at night or on overcast days. Leaves when fully submersed will float on the surface of the water or it will produce a firm upright stem when grown in shallow water. Near the base of the stem, it produces a small edible node.

 

Swamp Goodenia

Position:           Part shade (shade-tolerant) to full sun

 Flowers:            Yes (Bright Yellow Flowers)

 Submersible:    To a depth of 10cm

 Foliage:             Grows like a Mat on the surface

 Origin:              Native to Australia

 Cover:              Great mat cover plant when grown with a floating ring

 Oxygenator:     No

 

The Swamp Goodenia or Goodenia humilis (humilis; meaning low growing) is a carpeting Australian native plant that thrives in continuously moist or boggy areas. Due to this, it thrives in our floating ring. Swamp Goodenia consists of green soft hairy leaves and in warmer periods of the year, beautiful clusters of bright yellow flowers flourish providing a gorgeous splash of yellow to any pond.

A great pond plant to provide cover and long-term protection for fish, tadpoles and frogs.

 

Brahmi

Position:           Part shade (shade-tolerant) to full sun

Flowers:            Small white flowers

Submersible:    To a depth of 20cm

Foliage:             Can produce foliage both above and below water level

Origin:              Native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe,                            Africa, Asia, and North and South America

Cover:              Great cover plant when grown with a floating ring

Oxygenator:     Yes (when grown submersed)

Propagation     Division

Every pond or water garden should have Brahmi in it as it is plant that has so many uses.  Brahmi has small succulent-like green leaves and produces a pale white flower.

It can be grown submersed to a depth of 20cm where it will act as an oxygenator in the pond. It will also mat out over the top of the pond and provide cover and shelter for fish and tadpoles. Aside from its uses for fish and creatures that inhabit ponds and water gardens, it also can be used for its medicinal properties as well.

Brahmi is known as the 'Memory Herb' for its potential cognitive and medicinal benefits! and has been used in India for thousands of years as a remedy for improving memory and assisting with mental health conditions including anxiety. It is also incorporated as part of Chinese medicine, assisting with warming the kidneys and as a brain tonic.

As we age we are more prone diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson and taking Brahmi may assist with delaying these from occurring. The leaves on their own have a somewhat bitter taste but can be mixed with other aquatic edible plants like water mint with added honey and taken as tea to improve the flavour.