Texas Native Pond Plants

Texas Native Pond Plants by Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. These plants are all native to the Texas region and are suitable for ponds and water gardens. If you live outside of Texas, these may or may not be native to your area.


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Asclepias incarnata
Swamp milkweed, Pink Milkweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Bacopa monnieri
Herb-of-grace, Water hyssop, Coastal Water-hyssop

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Canna glauca
Water Canna, Louisiana Canna, Maraca amarilla

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Cladium mariscus ssp. jamaicense
Jamaica swamp sawgrass, Jamaican Saw-grass, Saw-grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Echinodorus berteroi
Upright burrhead

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Echinodorus cordifolius
Creeping burrhead, Lance-leaf Burhead, Radican Sword "Giant Mother Plant"

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Wet

Eleocharis quadrangulata
Squarestem spikerush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water:

Equisetum hyemale
Scouringrush horsetail, Horsetail, Canuela, Scouring rush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Fuirena simplex
Western umbrella-sedge, Umbrellagrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light:
Water:

Heteranthera dubia
Grassleaf mudplantain, Water Stargrass

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Hibiscus laevis
Halberdleaf rosemallow, Halberdleaf hibiscus, Scarlet rose mallow, Halberd-leaved hibiscus, Halberd-leaved rose-mallow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Hibiscus moscheutos
Crimson-eyed rose-mallow, Marshmallow hibiscus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Hydrolea ovata
Blue waterleaf, Ovate false fiddleleaf, Hairy hydrolea

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Hymenocallis liriosme
Texas Spiderlily, Spring Spiderlily, Spiderlily, Louisiana Spiderlily, Western Marsh Spiderlily

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Iris virginica
Virginia iris, Great blue flag, Southern blue flag

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Juncus effusus var. solutus
Lamp rush, Soft Rush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Justicia americana
American water-willow, Water-willow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Kosteletzkya virginica
Virginia saltmarsh mallow, Virginia fen-rose, Saltmarsh mallow, Seashore mallow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal flower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Ludwigia octovalvis
Mexican primrose-willow, Narrow-leaf Water Primrose, Seedbox, Mexican Primrose Willow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Ludwigia peploides
Creeping water-primrose, Floating primrose-willow, Water-primrose

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Marsilea macropoda
Bigfoot water clover, Water clover, Clover-fern, Largefoot pepperwort

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet

Najas guadalupensis
Common Water Nymph, Najas, Southern waternymph

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Nelumbo lutea
American lotus, Yellow water lotus, Yellow lotus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Nuphar lutea
Yellow pond lily, Yellow cow lily, Cow lily, Spatter dock, Wakas

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Nymphaea odorata
American White Water-lily, Fragrant White Water-lily, Fragrant Water-lily, White Water-lily, Sweet-scented White Water-lily, Sweet-scented Water-lily, Beaver-root

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet

Physostegia intermedia
Spring obedient plant, Marsh obedient plant, Slender false dragonhead, Intermediate false dragonhead

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Pluchea odorata var. odorata
Sweetscent, Marsh Fleabane, Southern Marsh Fleabane

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Pontederia cordata
Pickerelweed, Pickerel rush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Potamogeton diversifolius
Waterthread pondweed, Threadleaf Pondweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Potamogeton nodosus
Knotty Pondweed, Longleaf pondweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet

Rhynchospora colorata
Starrush whitetop, Star sedge, White-topped sedge, Whitetop sedge, Star rush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet

Rhynchospora corniculata
Shortbristle horned beaksedge, Horned Beakrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water:

Sagittaria platyphylla
Delta arrowhead

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Saururus cernuus
Lizard's tail, Lizard tail, Breastweed, Water dragon

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Schoenoplectus americanus
Chairmaker's bulrush, Olney three-square

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light:
Water:

Schoenoplectus californicus
California bulrush, California club-rush, Giant Bulrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Thalia dealbata
Powdery alligator-flag, Powdery thalia, Water canna

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Vallisneria americana
American eelgrass, Water celery, Eelgrass, Tapegrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet