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Water bodies, watersheds and storm water
Overlooking a stormwater pond with a nice home in the background

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.

Pickerelweed(Pontederia cordata)
Pondweed(Sagittaria stagnorum)
Soft rush(Juncus effusus)
St. John’s wort(Hypericum perforatum)
Tape or eelgrass(Vallisneria americana)
American white water lily(Nymphaea odorata)

Arrowhead(Sagittaria latifolia)
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

Blue flag iris

Duck potato

Duck potato

Pickerelweed

Pickerelweed

American white water lily

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.

Sedge(Cyperus sp.)
Southern naiad(Najas guadalupensis)
Spatterdock(Nuphar lutea)
Spikerush(Eleocharis sp.)
Torpedograss(Panicum repens)
Water fern(Salvinia minima)
Wild taro(Colocasia esculenta)
Filamentous, macrophytic and planktonic algaes

Bladderwort(Utricularia sp.)
Cattail(Typha sp.)
Coontail(Ceratophyllum demersum)
Duckweed(Spirodela polyrhiza)
Knotweed(Polygonum sp.)
Mosquito fern(Azolla sp.)
Paragrass(Urochloa mutica)
Pennywort(Hydrocotyle sp.)

Cattail

Cattail

Duckweed

Duckweed

Torpedograss

Torpedograss

Wild taro

Wild taro

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.

Waterhyacinth(Eichhornia crassipes)
Waterlettuce(Pistia stratiotes)
Water spinach(Ipomoea aquatica)

Alligator weed(Alternanthera philoxeroides)
Eurasian water-milfoil(Myriophyllum spicatum)
Hydrilla(Hydrilla verticillata)

Waterhyacinth

Waterhyacinth

Waterlettuce

Waterlettuce

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