- Approximate leaf spread: 60cm (24 inches)
- Recommended water depth over crown of the plant: 20 - 90cm (8 - 36 inches)
- Flowering time: All months of the year, except in very hot or frosty weather.
- Flower colour: White
- Supplied in the 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on to a 1 litre pot after a year
Water Hawthorn is one of the best deep-water aquatics, second only to the waterlilies. It has long strap-like green floating leaves that are often attractively speckled with maroon when young. The white flowers stand just out of the water and have an incredibly powerful vanilla scent. Unlike most aquatic plants this is at its best from autumn through until next spring - it will die back in very hot weather or icy weather, but in a mild year will flower right through the winter. This makes it a useful plant for providing all-year interest when other species are dormant. Also, unlike most waterlilies, it grows well in shade, although you will get more flowers in partial shade.
As these are young plants, we would recommend having no more than 12 - 18 inches of water over the crown at first - once the plant has plenty of larger leaves it can be put deeper. (House bricks can be used to raise plants to the required level).
If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 1 Aponogeton distachyos plant per four square feet of water surface. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.