Alternative plants

Alternative Plants

There are many native and non-invasive plants which you can use in your pond that will perform the same functions as the invasive species do such as oxygenating. Ask for advise from your retailer on choosing the right plants for the size and function of your pond and make sure they will not become invasive.

Here are some suggested native alternatives for your garden pond or aquarium:

Native marginal/emergent plants

Common name Latin name Google Search this species
Flowering rush Butomus umbellatus Web | Image
Marsh marigold Caltha palustris Web | Image
Yellow flag iris Iris pseudacorus Web | Image
Bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata Web | Image
Ragged robin Lychnis flos-cuculi Web | Image
Water mint Mentha aquatica Web | Image
Marsh cinquefoil Potentilla palustris Web | Image
Brooklime Veronica beccabunga Web | Image
Water lobelia Lobelia dortmanna Web | Image
Arrowhead Sagittaria sagittifolia Web | Image
Common water- plantain Alisma plantago-aquatica Web | Image

Native oxygenating plants

Common name Latin name Google Search this species
Curled pondweed Potamogeton crispus WebImage
Perfoliate pondweed Potamogeton perfoliatus Web Image
Lesser pondweed Potamogeton pusillus WebImage
Spike Water milfoil Myriophyllum spicatum WebImage

Native floating plants

Common name Latin name Google Search this species
Yellow water lily Nuphar lutea WebImage
White water lily Nymphaea alba Web Image
Broad leaved pondweed Potamogeton natans WebImage

Some other sources of advice on choosing alternative plants:

Whatever plants you put in your pond, the most important thing to remember is to dispose of them carefully by composting them or putting them in your green waste bin. You should also make sure you don’t let them escape out of your pond into the wild. You may spread plants by accident as it only takes a tiny fragment for a plant to re-grow, so do take extra care to keep every tiny piece under control by cleaning your equipment, especially your footwear, after you’ve been managing your pond.