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Native wetland plants can be beautiful and essential to the wildlife

Native Wetland Plants

Native wetland plants can be beautiful and essential to the wildlife and conservation of urban, suburban, or rural areas. Plants native to wetlands are found in regions of the world with waterlogged or saturated soil; every continent, except Antarctica, has native plants that grow in their wetland regions.

Wetland plants live and thrive in unique soil conditions known as hydric soils.


Soils classed as hydric are formed under saturated conditions that allow the growth of native plant species when flooded or covered by water for a significant period. In some cases, hydric soils and their indigenous plant species can survive when the soil is not waterlogged or saturated during dry seasons, reducing the water level at various times of the year.

 Native plants in wet soil

By including plants native to a waterlogged landscape in a natural or artificially created aquatic landscape, the aesthetic beauty of the garden can be improved; species of birds and other animals are often attracted to these plants for food and shade.

Other advantages of including native wetland plants in an aquatic landscape include flood prevention and water purification; once established, native plants should not require fertilizers or pesticides to stimulate or continue growth.

Lily Pads - TN Nursery

Water Lily

Water Lily Pads are round, flat, floating leaves of aquatic plants, typically green in color. They provide a resting place for frogs and a picturesque element in ponds and H2O gardens. They are often associated with serene ponds and H2O gardens; they offer unique benefits when strategically incorporated into landscaping designs. Their aquatic nature, ability to create captivating reflections, contributions to ecosystem health, and role in enhancing the visual and sensory experience make them valuable to outdoor spaces. Water Lily pads are clusters of aquatic plants with leaves and blooms that grow in ponds, H2O gardens, and natural bodies of H2O. They root in the soil at the bottom of quiet, freshwater habitats. There are many reasons to cultivate these uncommonly alluring plants. The Extraordinary Beauty Of Water Lily Pads If you want breathtaking plants and a unique landscape, consider them. The magnificent blossoms burst forth through the surface of the H2O with bold flowers in a rainbow of colors from bright white, pale pink, and rich red to yellow and even blue. Large green leaves provide a stunning backdrop for these graceful flowers. The delicate petals and intricate stamens create a visually exquisite display that can grace your landscape with something special. Lilies represent resurrection, rebirth, purity, and enlightenment. They emerge triumphantly from the muck at the bottom of the pond, transformed into extraordinary blossoms. They have long been associated with higher qualities of consciousness like enlightenment and spiritual awakening. Some cultures associate the plants with grace, beauty, harmony, and serenity. In Buddhism and Hinduism, the pads have spiritual significance. In ancient Egypt, they were thought to repel negative entities, while Christians saw them as symbols of life, energy, and vitality. The Leaves and Blooms Of Water Lily The leaves can be round, oval, or heart-shaped and float on the surface of the H2O. They are supported by long stalks that emerge from thick, fleshy underwater roots. The leaves have a waxy coating that repels H2O while keeping them dry and buoyant. The size of the leaves varies by species. They range from a few inches to one foot in diameter. The flowers have delicate petals arranged in layers around a disk. The petals can be single or double-layered. The Looks And Info About Water Lily Visible blooms and leaves can completely cover the surface of a body of H2O. The showy display of Water Lily is supported by solid roots of fleshy rhizomes that secure the plants in the muddy substrate at the bottom of the H2O. The rhizomes produce slender roots that absorb nutrients in the H2O and further ensure the plant is in its position. The plant is essential in aquatic ecosystems, where it can be a primary food source and desirable habitat for fish and small animals.

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