Native Pond Plants

June 12, 2022

Our selection of Alberta-grown, native pond plants are the perfect addition to your outdoor pond. These perennials will establish and overwinter easily since they are native to our area. Not only are these great for ponds, but many marginal pond plants make excellent perennials for wet areas.

These and so many more native and non-native pond plants are available at Greenland now!

Marsh marigold

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

  • Cheery golden-yellow blooms in late spring to early summer
  • Clumps of rounded leaves
  • Marginal/emergent
  • 12” tall

Water Sedge (Carex aquatilis)

  • Grass-like foliage emerges bluish, maturing to green
  • Interesting brownish flowers in early summer
  • Marginal/emergent
  • 16” tall
Scouring Rush

Horsetail or Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale)

  • Interesting, segmented evergreen stems
  • Tolerates water level fluctuations
  • Slow-growing marginal/emergent
  • 30” tall

Cotton Grass (Eriophorum angustifolium)

  • Unusual cottony seedheads
  • Grassy foliage
  • Fast-growing marginal/emergent
  • 10” tall

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata)

  • Gives off a pungent sweet scent when burned; traditionally burned during Indigenous ceremonies
  • Vigorous sod-forming wetland grass
  • Marginal
  • 24” tall

Arctic Rush (Juncus arcticus)

  • Spiky clumps of blue-green leaves
  • Interesting brown flowers in summer
  • Marginal/emergent
  • 16” tall

Common Cattail (Typha latifolia)

  • Thick, fuzzy flower spikes in late summer
  • Broad, grassy foliage
  • Fast-growing marginal/emergent
  • 48” tall

Northern Pond Lily (Nuphar variegata)

  • Unusual yellow blooms in summer
  • Broad floating leaves
  • Naturalizes
  • Submerged; 12-48” water depth

Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)

  • Long strands of ferny leaves
  • Does well in hard water
  • Submerged; winters below ice

Common Bladderwort (Utricularia vulgaris)

  • Native carnivorous plant! Underwater “bladders” feed on aquatic insects
  • Yellow snapdragon-like flowers in summer
  • Submerged; winters below ice