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UK Natives

UK Natives

Butomus umbellatus

Flowering Rush
Summary A tall British native rush that has long, narrow, dark green leaves and produces pretty umbrella headed pink flowers. This plant is perfect for providing egg laying sites for adult dragonfly as well as perching and roosting sites.

Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold
Summary Also known as King Cup and Cow Lily, this is a great plant for introducing colour in early spring, producing large yellow buttercup like flowers. After flowering it will die back, occasionally appearing for a second flowering in autumn.

Carex pseudocyperus

Cyperus Sedge
Summary A tuft forming perennial with bright yellow-green foliage and abundant bristly green or brown flower heads.

Ceratophyllum demersum

Hornwort
Summary Considered to be the best native oxygenator, hornwort is relatively slow growing compared to other oxygenators and doesn’t produce roots, making it low maintenance and easy to manage.

Equisetum hyemale

Dutch Rush
Summary A robust evergreen perennial grown for it’s architectural and winter interest. Equisetum are also known as horsetails so must be grown in containers to restrict their rhizomes.

Hottonia palustris

Water Violet
Summary A great native oxygenator with feathery leaves and lilac flowers that are held above the water from June to August.

Iris pseudacorus

Yellow flag
Summary A native aquatic iris, it has bright yellow falls marked with a yellow signal.

Iris pseudacorus 'Alba'

Iris 'Alba'
Summary A native aquatic iris, its flowers have creamy white-pale yellow falls marked with a yellow signal delicately outlined with charcoal grey.

Iris pseudacorus 'Bastardii'

Iris 'Bastardii'
Summary A great performer, with greyish green strap-like foliage producing flowers marked with cream-pale yellow falls.

Mentha aquatica

Water Mint
Summary A true native plant with strong scented pink-lilac flowers. Great for attracting bees and other pollinating insects.

Menyanthes trifoliata

Bog Bean
Summary A fast growing plant with lovely bright green foliage. Bog bean is often the first flowering plant on the pond producing white, star shaped flowers tipped with pink.

Nuphar lutea

Brandy Bottle
Summary Also called Yellow Water Lily. This native perennial has bright yellow, buttercup like flowers on stiff stems standing proud above deep green floating or submerged leaves, similar to those of a water lily. Its flowers smell strongly of alcohol, hence its name, Brandy bottle. It likes room to spread out, making it ideal for larger ponds.

Nymphaea 'Alba'

Waterlily 'Alba'
Summary Britain's only native water lily, Alba has bright white, fragrant semi-double flowers, with yellow stamens, scattered amongst dark green rounded pads. This lily has a large spread so is best suited to larger ponds and lakes.

Sagittaria sagittifolia

Arrowhead
Summary With distinct arrowhead shaped leaves, this perennial is another favourite. Both native and great for pollinators, this is an excellent plant choice. Tall stems produce large white flowers with dark purple centres.

Sparganium erectum

Branched Bur-Reed
Summary Sparganium erectum are a vigorous growing British native marginal. They are referred to as the branched bur reed and produce scented white flowers turning to spiny looking fruit balls.