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Ceratophyllum demersum - Hornwort

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  • Flower: None
  • Supplied loose: one portion contains at least six good bushy strands.

A British native species which is an attractive plant and a very convenient oxygenator. It has no true roots and therefore does not need to be potted, but grows floating freely in the water (although it appreciates a layer of silt on the bottom of the pond and will often push down into this). This also makes it easy to remove if needed. Hornwort will thrive even in shady ponds. During the winter, it dies back to short, dense, pieces (winter buds - see third picture above), which will sink to the bottom and rise again in spring to early summer. Just place the plant straight in the water. 

Hornwort is a very late plant, since it is a floating plant and remains at the bottom of the pond until the water begins to really warm up. There is also typically a long waiting list for it by the time it begins to be available since it is a very popular plant. If you are waiting for hornwort as part of your order, please be aware that it is likely to be early to mid summer before it can be sent.  

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 1 bunch of Ceratophyllum per square foot of water surface.