Hippuris vulgaris

Hippuris vulgaris

Product no.: 065

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Cat's Tail. 

  • Approximate height: 20cm (8 inches)
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 30cm (0 - 12 inches)
  • Flower: None
  • Supplied bare root

A British native species. This unusual-looking plant can be grown as a marginal around the edges of the pond with its foliage out of the water, or submerged in the pond as an oxygenator, or a mix of the two (partly submerged). It produces spires of dark-green foliage looking like miniature Christmas trees when growing above the water, while the underwater foliage is a lighter green with an attractive fluffy appearance. In strong sunlight the stems above water will often turn an attractive red colour.

It is more commonly known as 'Marestail' or 'Mare's Tail' , but we have found that when we use this name, people assume it is related to the garden weeds known as horsetails or mare's tails, and it is no relation to these at all. 

We recommend starting your Hippuris vulgaris off in a pot of 1 litre capacity. Read more on how to pot and care for your plant here.

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