Golden Club, Orontium aquaticum – Early and unusual flower spikes in Spring are a prelude for this elegant and distinctive hardy aquatic plant of the bog and shallow water margin.
Set in shallow water where its elegant velvety blue green upright leaves grow taller in deeper water for unusual floating leaves. Dappled shade through mid day is preferred in climates with hot Summers.
The neat, well behaved low growing habit makes Golden club an ideal choice, specimen plant for foreground interest in the water garden through Spring and Summer
Can be tricky to establish, Golden Club is not keen on root damage, it likes a season to put down long fleshy roots, deep into soft mud before it pops its distinctive yellow tipped arum like, flower spike the following Spring.
Plant late Summer for it to settle in and bloom the following Spring. Readily sets viable seed that is easy to start in wet mud
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A decorative and easy to grow floating plant with exotic lavender blue flowers, ideal for a sunny fertile warm pond position, very useful for breeding fish which sprinkle their spawn on the decorative blue black feathery roots, this makes it easy to collect and transfer eggs to a safer place.
A range of water hyacinth sizes are sent, to make the most of a priority box. Bear in mind small young water hyacinth often adapt quicker to a new pool than larger ones with established roots. These are outdoors hardened plants raised in full sun, having coped with frosts last Winter. Frost burnt edges are trimmed off and new foliage coming through neat so they are a neat size to travel without incurring excessive postal costs.
Some should travel with perky, new 6″ root networks, others a couple of inches
Large aggressive fish can wreck plants like this, think about growing them on in numbers in a protected position or a tub of fertile water before adding them to ponds with hordes of half starved koi
Water hyacinth can multiply x1000 in a Summer, they are not hardy at all. Late Summer, consider disposing of them carefully, they chop up real easy and make an effective weed barrier mulch around droughted plants contributing to conserving water usage
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Require saturated soil conditions with water over their roots. While some can cope with grazing from fish, it is best to start them in a solid sided container. Allow for future growth when potting, many marginals can blow over in a strong breeze if the plant is not potted secure. Starting marginals that are complementary in looks and growing habits in groups is effective, where they merge naturally together to form attractive stable groups of foliage