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Aponogeton distachyos

Water hawthorn

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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

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