Aquatic Plants

Below is a list of plants of plants we recommend for landscaping and restoration projects in and around the Pensacola area under aquatic conditions. Many of these plants are sold by native plant nurseries, local nurseries, and from other plant vendors. Still others may be acquired from members or collected ethically with a land owner’s permission.

 We recommend supporting a plant vendor within the Florida Association of Native Plant Nurseries (FANN) but other nurseries also sell these plants. This list is designed as a first step in choosing a plant for your site and not as a blanket recommendation. For more information about these plants please visit the FNPS website or use another trusted source.

Here we break plants up into functional groups including trees, shrubs, herbs, grass and grasses-likes, ferns and fern-likes. We then have the scientific name sorted alphabetically by genus. 

Trees

 

Carya aquatica

water hickory

Nyssa aquatica

water tupelo

Taxodium ascendens

pond-cypress

Taxodium distichum

bald-cypress

Forbs

 

Bacopa caroliniana

lemon bacopa

Bacopa monnieri

herb-of-grace

Ceratophyllum demersum

coontail

Habenaria repens

waterspider false reinorchid

Sagittaria lancifolia

bulltongue arrowhead

Sagittaria latifolia

broadleaf arrowhead; common arrowhead; duck potato

Sagittaria spp.

arrowhead

Canna flaccida

bandanna-of-the-everglades

Crinum americanum

seven-sisters

Iris hexagona

carolina iris; dixie iris

Iris virginica

virginia iris; blue flag iris

Nymphaea odorata

american white waterlily

Lobelia cardinalis

cardinalflower

Saururus cernuus

lizard's tail

Peltandra sagittifolia

white arrow arum; spoonflower

Pontederia cordata

pickerelweed

Potamogeton spp.

pondweed

Peltandra virginica

white arrow arum; spoonflower

Thalia geniculata

alligatorflag; fireflag

Utricularia spp.

bladderwort

Vallisneria americana

tapegrass; american eelgrass

Grasses

 

Carex spp.

sedge

Fimbristylis spp.

fimbry

Cladium jamaicense

jamaica swamp sawgrass

Juncus effusus subsp. solutus

soft rush

Juncus spp.

rush

Scirpus spp.

bulrush

Zizaniopsis miliacea

southern wild rice; giant cutgrass

Typha domingensis

southern cattail

Typha latifolia

broadleaf cattail

Zizania aquatica

annual wild rice; indian rice

Vines

 

Gelsemium rankinii

rankin's jessamine; swamp jessamine

Aquatic

 

Ludwigia repens

creeping primrosewillow

Nelumbo lutea

american lotus

Nuphar advena

spatterdock; yellow pondlily

Nymphaea mexicana

yellow waterlily

Nymphaea elegans

tropical royalblue waterlily

Nymphoides aquatica

big floatingheart

Nymphoides cordata 

little floatingheart

Orontium aquaticum

goldenclub; neverwet