Aponogeton distachyos

Water hawthorn

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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Nicola Browne, copyright GAP Photos (138657)

Plant details

A fascinating South African aquatic plant which seems to flower unpredictably. The waxy white and purple blooms are very sweetly scented, and the first flush appears from mid-spring onwards with a break in mid-summer. During a mild winter they may continue to appear intermittently. In deeper water the dormant plants survive the winter at the bottom of the pond, but where winters are severe it is a good idea to lift baskets and overwinter the plants indoors.

Family: Aponogetonaceae

Genus: Aponogeton

Species: distachyos

Plant type: Aquatic

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: November to April

Flowering period: May to September

Reader reviews

Barry Higgs

These are great plants and provide good. Cover for my fish. Need to be kept in check as they spread ve ry rapidly. Great for giving to friends.


These are delightful plants, scented and pretty as well as useful cover for the fish. Mine have survived several days frozen in a layer of ice and they seed very freely so you only need to buy one to cover the pond.

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