"Water Plants that Tolerate Shade"

Plants mentioned by Dr. Jerry Parsons on the Weekend Gardener segment televised on August 7, 1998 included:

Aeschynomene fluitans, (Botswana Wonder - or - Large Sensitive Plant)
Cyperus afternifolius , (Umbrella Palm)
Cyperus haspans, (Dwarf Papyrus)
Canna americanallis variegata, (Variegated Water Canna)
Scripus 'zebrinus', (Zebra Rush)
Colocasia esculenta (Green Taro; Violet Stemmed Taro; Cranberry Taro)
Nymphoides cristata, (White Fringe or Painted White Water Snow Flake)
Gardeners associate water plants with full sun and sometimes think water plants won't grow in the shade. They overlook many impressive shade-loving water plants, such as the ones in the following list. Shade that is created by trees presents a special challenge to the water gardener. Trees produce leaves, twigs, branches, and seed. If you want to put a pond where there are a lot of trees, use a netting to reduce the amount of tree debris that will fall in the pond. Another alternative is to invest in a good pond vacuum and have a regular maintenance schedule to remove leaf debris from the pond. Or, install a skimmer box. The water flows through a wire and into a net, which you can remove at the edge of the pond.

Other shade-loving plants suitable for water gardens include:
Acorus calamus (Sweet Flag)
Acorus calamus variegata (Variegated Sweet Flag)
Bacopa monniera (Water Purslane)
Canna americanallis variegata (Variegated Water Canna)
Colocasia esculenta (Green Taro)
Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' (Black Magic Taro)
Colocasia esculenta (Violet Stemmed Taro)
Colocasia jensii (Black Princess Taro)
Cyperus alternifolius gracillus (Miniature Umbrella Grass)
Elodia canadensis (Anacharis)
Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail)
Iris louisiana 'Dorothy Kay Williams' (Louisiana Iris)
Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Flag Iris)
Iris versicolor (Blue Flag Iris)
Marsilea quadrifolia (Upright Water Clover)
Mentha aquatica (Aquatic Mint)
Menyanthese trifoliata (Bog Bean)
Mimulus ringens (Lavender Monkey Flower)
Myriophyllum aquatica (Parrot Feather)
Neptunia aquatica (Sensitive Plant)
Nymphoides crenata (Painted Yellow Water Snow Flake)
Nymphoides cristata (Painted White Water Snow Flake)
Nymphoides indica (White Water Snow Flake)
Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' (Rainbow Water Parsley)
Orontium aquaticum (Golden Club)
Peltandra virginica (Bog Arum)
Pontederia condata (Pickerel Rush)
Sagittaria montevidensis (Ruby-Eyed Arrowhead)
Saururus cernuus (Lizard Tail)
Scirpus montevidensis (Fiber Optics Rush)
Trapa bicornis (Giant Mosaic Plant)

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