Water Hawthorne is a deep-water marginal pond plant. This attractive plant grows from a small bulb and unlike other potted, submerged pond plants prefers cool water. The dark green leaves are long and narrow and float on the surface. Water Hawthorn blooms profusely, with unusual, white, vanilla scented flowers. It blooms in the spring when the waters are still cold, and then again in the fall once the water temperatures have fallen. This plant will go dormant during the summer months, so don't accidentally discard it mid-summer, as it is dormant and will begin growing again as the water cools in the fall. You can plant this bulb as a companion with a water lily in the same planting container, since the waterlilies perform best during warm weather, as the water lily slows down in the fall, the Water Hawthorn will replace the water lily during the fall and spring months. It is also an excellent choice for shady ponds and will tolerate slowly moving water. Also known as Cape Pondweed, it will grow in water 6" to 24" deep. The floating leaves of the plant can cover an area of about 2 to 3 feet in diameter during the cool months when there is not a lot of surface coverage left in the pond. Hawthorne may perish if temperatures are above 92 degrees for long periods during summer. Plant smooth side of the bulb down, with the dried fibrous material pointed up, about an 1" to 2" deep in the soil. Grows well in 6" to 24" deep in the water. Many areas in Florida, Arizona and Texas are not suitable for the Water Hawthorne Plant.
WATER HAWTHORNE BULB - Sold as a Bulb
WATER HAWTHORNE BULBS (Aponogeton distachyos)
Size: Bulb - Shipped as a Sprouted or Dormant Bulb depending on time of year
Water Depth: Grows in 6" to 24" Water
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Full Shade
Spread: 18" to 28"
Blooming Season: Late September thru June
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-8