Aquascaping your stormwater pond
Just as you can landscape your yard to minimize harmful impacts on water resources through stormwater runoff, you can choose desirable, low-maintenance plants to aquascape your stormwater pond.
Aquascaping describes the planting of desirable aquatic and wetland plants. Certain plants help take up nutrients, act as a filter to sediments in stormwater runoff, control the growth of nuisance vegetation and help make the pond aesthetically pleasing.
Not all plants are good for aquascaping, and the removal of prohibited or unwanted plants can be difficult. A reputable pond management company should be contacted for most vegetation management programs. Information is available on the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plant’s website at plants.ifas.ufl.edu.
Plants desirable for aquascaping
Aquascaping is landscaping in and around your pond. These plants are preferred for your “aquatic garden” as they grow slowly and require little maintenance.
Soft rush(Juncus effusus)
St. John’s wort(Hypericum perforatum)
Tape or eelgrass(Vallisneria americana)
American white water lily(Nymphaea odorata)
Blue flag iris(Iris hexagona)
Softstem bulrush(Scirpus tabernaemontani)
Duck potato(Sagittaria lancifolia)
Giant bulrush(Scirpus californicus)
Golden canna(Canna flaccida)
Gulf Coast spikerush(Eleocharis cellulosa)
Blue flag iris
American white water lily
High-maintenance aquatic plants
There are native and nonnative plants in the list below. They grow quickly and require a lot of attention.
Southern naiad(Najas guadalupensis)
Water fern(Salvinia minima)
Wild taro(Colocasia esculenta)
Filamentous, macrophytic and planktonic algaes
Mosquito fern(Azolla sp.)
Prohibited aquatic plants
Prohibited aquatic plants are aggressive weeds that are restricted by state or federal law. These invasive plants may not be possessed, transported, cultivated or imported without a special permit.
Water spinach(Ipomoea aquatica)
Alligator weed(Alternanthera philoxeroides)
Eurasian water-milfoil(Myriophyllum spicatum)
Posted on 5-22-2013