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Shade Tolerant Hardy Aquatic Plants

Don't despair if your pond is in partial sun or even full shade. You can still grow many lovely aquatic plants. Most marginal plants can actually be grown in partial sun. Waterlilies will also grow in partial sun, however, not all of them will bloom. If your pond is in full shade, you're somewhat more limited to stocking your pond with marginal plants, floating plants, and oxygenating/submerged plants.

Appreciate a flowerless water garden for its' own merits. Enjoy your waterlily for its' attractive leaves, its' ability to provide shade for fish and resting spots for frogs, and the interesting patterns it creates on the water surface. Planting a bog garden can be another alternative that incorporates the use of shade-tolerant, water-loving plants.

This list is not all inclusive.
S = suitable for small pond
M = suitable for medium pond
L = suitable for large pond
Any = suitable for any size pond

Hardy Waterlilies
Arc-en-Ciel - Pink mottled leaves (M-L) (Best)
Attraction - Red (M-L)
Aurora - Yellow/Red (S-M)
Barbara Dobbins - Peach (L)
Berit Strawn - Red/Cream (S-M)
Charlene Strawn - Yellow (M-L)
Charlie's Choice - Apricot/Yellow (S-M)
Chromatella - Yellow (S-M)
Chrysantha - Orange (S)
Clyde Ikins - Peach (M)
Colorado - Peach/Salmon tones (M)
Comanche - Yellow/Bronze (M-L)
Denver - White (M)
Escarboucle - Vivid Red (M-L)
Fabiola - Pink (M-L)
Froebeli - Wine Red (S)
Giverny Red - Red (M)
Gloriosa - Red (S-M)
Graziella - Orange (S)
Gypsy - Deep Rose (S)
Hal Miller - White (M-L)
Helvola - Yellow (S)
Hermine - White (S)
Indiana - Red/Cream (S)
Inner Light - Yellow (M)
James Brydon - Red (S-M)
Joey Tomocik - Yellow (M-L)
Laydeckeri purperata - Red (Any)
Lemon Chiffon - Yellow (M-L)
Little Sue - Peach/Orange (S)
Lucida - Hot Pink (L)
Marliac Carnea - Pink (Any)
Masaniello - Rose Pink (M)
Mayla - Fuschia (L)
Mexicana - Yellow (S-M)
Paul Harriott - Orange/Red (S)
Peace Lily - Pink/White/Yellow (M)
Peach Glow - Peach/Orange (M)
Pink Grapefruit - Yellow/Pink (M-L)
Pink Sparkle - Light Pink (S)
Red Spider - Red (S)
Reflected Flame - Strawberry (M)
Rembrandt - Pink/Red (L)
Rose Laydekeri - Light Pink (S)
Sioux - Yellow/Orange (M-L)
Sirius - Red (M)
Solfatare - Yellow/Pink (S)
Splendida - Red (M)
Star Bright - Pink/White (M)
Sunrise - Yellow (M-L)
Texas Dawn - Yellow (M)
Vesuve - Dark Red (Any )
Virginalis - White (M-L)
Walter Pagels - White (S)

Lotus (part shade of ~4 hours)
Angel Wings - White (S)
Hindu - Light Pink (L)

Hardy Marginals
Aquatic Mint
Arrow Arum
Arrowhead (Blooming Baby)
Blue & Yellow Flag Iris
Blue Lobelia - Likes partial shade
Butter Burr
Cardinal Flower - Likes partial shade
Cattail - Full shade
    Narrow Leaf
Corkscrew Rush
Creeping Jenny
Dwarf Bamboo
Dwarf Horsetail Rush
Dwarf Variegated Sweet Flag
Flowering Rush
Four Leaf Water Clover
Golden Club - Full shade
Golden Lanterns
Horsetail Rush
Houttuynia (Chameleon Plant)
Lizard's Tail - Full shade
Louisiana Iris
Marsh Marigold
Melon Sword
Narrow Leaf Arrowhead
Parrot Feather
Pickerel Rush
Primrose Creeper
Red Stemmed Lizard's Tail
Red Stemmed Sagittaria
Sagittaria 'Crushed Ice'
Skunk Cabbage
Spike Rush
Square Rush
Sweet Flag
Tufts of Gold
Variegated Dwarf Common Reed
Variegated Manna Grass
Variegated Rush
Variegated Soft Rush
Variegated Sweet Flag
Variegated Water Celery
Variegated Water Clover
Water Clover
Water Forget-Me-Not
Water Hawthorne - Full shade, cool water
Water Pennywort
White Bulrush
White Monkey Flower
Zebra Rush

Floating Plants
Fairy Moss (Azolla - tropical plant)
Water Hyacinth
Water Lettuce

Oxygenating/Submerged Plants
Anacharis - Full shade
Curly Pondweed - Full shade
Fanwort - Full shade
Foxtail - Full shade
Hornwort (Ceratophylum demersum) - Full shade
Mermaid's Fan
White Water Buttercup

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