- Approximate size: From 8cm (3 inches) across
- Flowering time: July to August
- Flower colour: White
This native pond plant has shiny heart-shaped leaves which reach about an inch across and float on the water surface like those of a tiny waterlily. The colour of the leaves varies depending on the level of sunlight or shade, but is usually a light green or olive colour. The crown of the plant floats just below the leaves. Each plant produces three or four leaves, and continually sends out runners to form new plants. A white three-petalled flower with a yellow centre is produced on mature plants in July-August. The plant floats freely in the water with its roots hanging beneath, and thrives in sunny, shallow places, especially over muddy bottoms. It dies back in early autumn as it begins to form small turions (winter buds, which look a little like capers - see picture). These sink to the bottom of the pond as the weather cools and come up again as new plants in late spring to early summer.
Frogbit will spread steadily across the water surface, but because each individual plant is small it is suitable for any size of pond, from a small wildlife pool to a large ornamental set-up. If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 1 pack of Hydrocharis morsus-ranae plants per square foot of water surface.
You will receive at least five individual plants.
Frogbit rises at the end of April, and we usually start to sell the first batches by the middle of May. At this time it has been out of stock for the preceding seven months, so there are a lot of people waiting for it. We stagger the notifications for it to manage demand, but even so early batches sell out very quickly. If this happens we would suggest just waiting a fortnight or so, and the next batch will be ready.