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Hardy Marginal List

Last Updated: 2/21/14

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For pictures of many marginal plants, go to my pond pictures page.

Marginals = emergent vegetation = some bog plants (bog plants specifically prefer acidic soil)

Notes:

Before reading this list, see the key, how to use and search this list, and how to contact the nurseries that are listed by visiting my plant list page.

For general information on marginal plants as well as details on some species of plants, visit my pond marginal page.

Please inform me of any mistakes on this or other of my web pages. This list is not even close to complete and only contains marginals found in the eight mentioned plant catalogs.

The marginals are in order of common name. To find a scientific name, use "search" or "find" on Netscape or similar program. You can also e-mail me, and I can search this page faster using WordPerfect.

Note that "full" under sun preference refers to full sun unless it states full shade.

Please note that I have not finished making the entries for Crystal Palace Perennial so that blanks in that column do not necessarily indicate that they do not carry that plant. I have entered in about one third of their hardy marginals. I do not think I will ever have the time to complete the list! The list IS complete (but without pricing) in the version found in Robyn's Pond Book. See this page for more information on the book.

Finally, I have had people ask to buy plants or pond equipment from me. I do not sell anything. I am not a business.

If you put the common names and scientific names into a search engine, you can find more information and photos on most of these plants.

Hardy Marginal Plants (Zone 7+, minimum zone varies)

Hardy Marginal Plants

Common Name Latin Name Type Native to Eastern US? Depth to Plant in Inches Height of Plant in Feet Zones Sun Preference Color(s) of Flowers Price at Lilypons 2007 Price at Aquamart 2007 Price at MD Aquatic Nurseries 1997 Price at Lilyblooms 1997 Price at Paradise Water Gardens 2005 Price at That Pet Place 1998 Price at Crystal Palace Perennials 1999 Did or do I have this plant?
Alternanthera Green Alternanthera Green marginal                       7.99   No
Alternanthera Isabelle Alternanthera Isabelle marginal                       7.99   No
Alternanthera Elmie Althernanthers Elmie marginal                       7.99   No
Alternantera, mixed (water hedges) Alternanthera bettzickiana, A. rosefolia, A. sessilis, A. variegata, and A. versicolor marginal                     2.50     No
Arrowhead Sagittaria latifolia marginal Yes 0 to 6 inches 2 feet 5+ partial to full white No longer carry 6.95 4.80 6.00 5.95     Yes
Arrowhead, Double Flower Sagittaria japonica marginal No 3 to 6 inches   4+   white   7.45     10.00     No
Arrowhead, Narrow-Leaf Sagittaria graminea marginal No   2 feet 4+ light shade       4.80         No
Arrowhead, Silk Stockings Sagittaria australia 'benni' marginal   0 to 6 inches 2 feet 5 to 9 partial to full white No longer carry       12.99     No
Arum, Arrow or Water Peltandra virginica marginal Yes 0 to 6 inches 2 to 3 feet 5+ partial to full white 9.00 6.45 6.60 7.00       Yes
Arum, Bog Calla palustris marginal     12 inches 3+ partial shade white     6.10         No
Baby's Breath, Water Alisma subcordatum marginal   0 to 3 inches 1 to 3 feet 3+ partial to full white             8.99 No
Bamboo, Dwarf (Water) Dulichium arundinaceum marginal Yes 0 to 4 inches 1.5 to 3 feet 5 or 6+ shade to full sun green 10.00 6.10 6.10 6.00 6.95   8.99 No
Bean, Bog Menyanthes trifolia(ta) marginal Yes, endangered   .75 feet 3+   pinky white   7.45 6.60 6.00 5.95     Yes
Bullrush, Soft-Stemmed Scirpus validus marginal     5 feet 5+     10.00   4.40         No
Bullrush, White Scirpus lacustris 'Albescens' marginal   0 to 6 inches 4 to 6 feet 6+ partial to full black     12.10   5.95     No
Bullrush, Zebra Scirpus zebrinus marginal     2 to 6 feet             9.00       No
Bush, Button Cephalanthus occidentalis marginal   1 to 18 inches 3 to 8 feet 3 to 4+ partial to full white     8.30       8.99 No
Butterfly Plant, Pink Asclepias incarnata marginal   0 to 10 inches 2 to 3 feet 5+ partial to full pink   7.20         8.99 No but looks like common milkweed
Butterfly Plant, White Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet' marginal   0 to 5 inches 2 to 3 feet 5+ partial to full white             8.99 No
Buttons, Golden Cotula coronopifolia marginal   0 to 1 inch 10 inches 4+ partial to full yellow         3.95   6.99 Yes
Calla, Hardy Calla marginal   0 to 6 inches 1 foot   partial full white               Yes
Canna, Hardy Water or Thalia Thalia dealbata marginal Yes 0 to 12 inches 6 to 10 feet (usually much smaller) 6+ partial to full purple 9.00 No longer carry   10.00       Yes
Canna, Longwood Canna longwood hybrids marginal   0 to 6 inches 4 to 6 feet 7+ full variety 9.95 7.95       5.99 to 8.99   No
Canna, Variegated Canna americanalis variegata marginal   0 to 6 inches 4 to 6 feet 7+ partial to full red 9.95     9.00       No
Cardinal Flower, Red Lobelia cardinalis marginal   1 to 2 inches 2 to 4 feet 3+ partial shade (mine does fine in full sun) red   5.05 5.50 7.00 5.95 7.99   Yes
Cattail, Common Typha latifolia invasive marginal Yes 0 to 12 inches 6 to 7 feet 2+ partial to full red/brown 6.00 4.80 4.80     13.99 (for 3 plants)   Yes, grows like a weed
Cattail, Dwarf Typha minima marginal Yes 0 to 4 inches 1 to 3 feet 3+ partial to full red/brown No longer carry 4.95 8.80 6.00 5.95     Yes
Cattail, Graceful Typha laxmannii marginal   0 to 12 inches 4 feet 3+ partial to full brown 6.00   7.20         No
Cattail, Narrow Leaf (or Graceful) Typha augustifolia marginal Yes 0 to 12 inches 6 to 7 feet 2+ partial to full red/brown No longer carry 4.50 4.80   5.95     No
Cattail, Variegated Typha latifolia (Japanese variegated variety) marginal               9.50     10.00     No
Celery, Variegated Water or Rainbow Water Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo' marginal     1 to 2 feet 6+         9.90 10.00 4.95     Yes
Celery, Water (see here for more information Oenanthe javanica marginal     1 to 2 feet 6+   white   6.05 5.00   5.95     Yes
Chameleon Plant Houttuynia cordata var. Var. marginal   0 to 12 inches 1 foot 6+ partial to full white   5.25 5.00 6.00       Yes
Chinese Water Chestnut Eleocharis dulcis or A. tuberosa? marginal   0 to 12 inches 3 feet 7+ partial to full green No longer carry No longer sold 6.60   4.95     No
Clover, Cut Leaf Water Marsilea spp. marginal     6 inches 7+         6.10         No
Clover, Four Leaf Marsilea quadrifolia marginal with floating leaves   3 to 12 inches 0.5 to 1 foot 5+   None   6.15 6.10     7.99   Yes
Clover, Four Leaf (different) Marsilea drummondii marginal     6 inches 7+         6.10   4.95     Yes
Clover, Four Leaf (different) Marsilea schelpiana marginal                     4.95     No
Clover, Four Leaf Variegated or Water Marsilea mutica marginal   3 to 12 inches 6 inches 6+ partial to full none 6.00 4.05 6.10 4.00 4.95     Yes, grows like weed
Clover, Trifolium Marsilea Trifolium marginal                     4.95     No
Clover, Two Leaf Water Regnellidum diphyllum marginal     6 inches 7+         6.10         No
Cordgrass, Prairie Spartina pectinata marginal     4 to 5 feet 3+         6.10         No
Cordgrass, Prairie Variegated Spartina pectinata 'Aureo...' marginal     4 to 5 feet 3+         7.20         No
Cordgrass, Sand Spartina bekeri marginal     3 to 4 feet 7+         6.10         No
Creeping Jenny Lysimachia nummularia marginal   0 to 2 inches 3 inches 6+ partial to full yellow or orange 6.00 No longer carry       7.99   Yes
Crosima Crosima lucifer marginal           red         6.95     No
Cypress, Bald Taxodium distachium tree     4 to 8 feet 4+         16.50         No
Equisetum, Dwarf (A Horsetail) Equisetum diffusum marginal     6 inches 7+         7.20         No
Fern, Marsh Dryopteris thelypteris marginal   0 inches 6 inches 4+ shade       7.70         No
Forget-Me-Not, Water Myosotis scorpoides marginal   0 inches 6 inches 3+ partial shade       5.50   4.95     No
Forget-Me-Not, Water Myosotis palustris marginal   0 to 3 inches 6 inches     blue           7.99   Yes (not mail order)
Frog Fruit Phyla nodiflora marginal   0 to 1 inch 4 inches     white with dark centers               Yes
Golden Club Orontium aquaticum marginal Yes 0 to 6 inches 1 foot 6+ shade to partial sun white/yellow 10.00 No longer carry 12.10   6.95     Yes
Grass, Cotton Eriophorum angustifolium marginal   0 to 4 inches one foot 4+         7.20   6.95     Yes
Grass, Ribbon Phalaris arundinacea marginal     2 to 3 feet 3+     No longer carry   5.00         No
Grass, Umbrella or Hardy Umbrella Grass Cyperus longus marginal   0 to 6 inches 2 to 4 feet 4 to 5+ partial to full yellow/green     5.00       8.99 No
Grass, Umbrella (different) Cyperus alternifolius marginal   0 to 6 inches 4 feet 7+ partial to full green             8.99 No
Grass, Variegated Manna Glyceria aquatica 'Variegata' marginal   0 to 1 inch 1 foot 4+ partial to full brown No longer carry           8.99 No
Hawthorne, Water Aponogeton distachyus marginal   6 to 18 inches   6+ full white     9.90   6.95     No
Hibiscus, Swamp (or Water) Hibiscus moschuetos marginal Yes 0 to 3 inches 4+ feet 4 to 5+ partial to full white, red, or pink     7.70       8.99 No
Hibiscus, Water Hibiscus palustris marginal   0 to 6 inches 4+ feet 5+ partial to full pink             8.99 No
Houttuynia or Rainbow Plant Houttuynia cordata marginal   0 to 6 inches 1 foot 6+ partial to full white 6.00   5.00     7.99   Yes
Houttuynia Plena Houttuynia cordata Plena marginal     6 to 8 inches 6+             6.95     No
Lizard('s) Tail Saururus cernuus marginal Yes 0 to 5 inches 2 feet 4+ partial to full white 6.00 6.25 5.50   6.95 7.99   Yes
Lobelia, Blue Lobelia syphilitica marginal   0 inches 2 to 3 feet 4+   blue   6.95 5.50   6.95     No
Lobelia, Queen Victoria Lobelia Queen Victoria marginal                       7.99   No
Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria 'Morden...' marginal     3 feet 3+   red/purple     4.40         No
Loosestrife (different) Lythrum salicaria 'Robert' marginal     3 feet 3+   pink     4.40         No
Mares tail Hippuris vulgaris marginal (like parrot feather)                     5.95     Yes
Marsh Marigold or Cowslip Caltha palustris marginal   0 to 2 inches 1 foot 4+ shade to partial sun gold   7.00 7.20 7.00 6.95   8.99 Yes (always dies)
Marsh Marigold, Double Caltha palustris 'Plena' marginal     1 to 1.5 feet 3+   gold     14.30         No
Mint, Aquatic Mentha aquatica marginal Yes 0 to 3 inches 6 to 12 inches 4 to 6+ partial to full lilac (Lilypons says green) 6.00 5.20 5.00   3.95 7.99   Yes
Mint, Curly Mentha aquatica crispa marginal   0 to 2 inches 6 inches 6+ partial to full   No longer carry             No
Monkey flower, Allegheny or Lavendar Musk Mimulus ringens marginal Yes (western US) 0 to 4 inches 2 to 3 feet 3+ partial shade white and lavendar (small, snap dragon shaped)   7.45 5.50   No longer carry     Yes (bought at a local shop)
Nut Grass, Giant Cyperus spp. marginal   0 to 6 inches 4 feet 4 to 8 full sun brown             8.99 No
Obidient Plant None given marginal     1 to 2 feet 4 to 8 full sun pink   5.95           No
Orchid, Hardy Bietilla striata marginal   0 inches 1 foot 7+ partial shade purple and pink     7.70         No
Papyrus, Dwarf Cyperus haspans marginal   0 to 6 inches 2 to 2.5 feet 7+ partial to full     3.75           No
Parrot('s) Feather (Photo, see here for more information) Myriophyllum aquaticum submerged, floating, and/or marginal   4 to 12 inches 0.5 to 2 feet (creeping) 5 or 6+ partial to full green 6.00 1.95 4.40 2.00 2.50 .99 or 7.99   Yes
Parrot('s) Feather, Dwarf Red Stem Myriophyllum sp. submerged, floating, and/or marginal   4 to 12 inches 0.5 to 2 feet (creeping), smaller than regular parrot feather 6+ partial to full green   2.40     4.99     Yes
Pennywort or Dollar Weed Hydrocotyle verticillata marginal   0 to 3 inches 6 inches 5+ partial to full yellow or green 6.00 5.00 5.50     7.99   Yes
Pennywort, Bulls Eye Hydrocotyle ranunculoides marginal   0 to 6 inches 4 to 6 inches 5+ partial to full green             8.99 No
Pennywort, 'Crystal Confetti' (looks variegated) Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides marginal   0 to 1 inch 1 inch 6+ partial to full               6.99 No
Pennywort, Giant Hydrocotyle bonariensis marginal   0 to 4 inches 4 to 6 inches 6+ partial to full white             6.99 No
Pennywort, Giant Floating Hydrocotyle umbellata marginal   0 to 1 inch 4 to 10 inches 5+ partial to full green             8.99 No
Pennywort, Hairy Hydrocotyle americana marginal   0 to 4 inches 2 to 4 inches 7+ partial to full white             6.99 No
Pennywort, 'Little Umbrellas' Hydrocotyle spp. marginal   0 to 4 inches 2 to 4 inches 5+ partial to full green             6.99 No
Pennywort, Mini Hydrocotyle lemnoides marginal   0 to 1 inch 0.5 inches 7+ partial to full             7.99 (misspelled H. lumnoides) 6.99 No
Pink Cups, Siberian Baldellia ranunculoidesf. repens marginal   0 to 0.5 inches 2 to 10 inches 2 to 7 partial to full pink             6.99 Yes
Plantain, Water Alisma plantago aquatica marginal   2 to 4 inches 2.5 feet 5+ partial to full pink/white   No longer carry 5.50   4.95     Yes
Primrose Creeper Ludwigia repens marginal Yes 1 to 4 inches   5+ partial to full yellow No longer carry       4.94     Yes, grows like a super weed
Primrose Creeper, White Ludwegia adsendens marginal           white         6.95     No, may buy soon
Purslane, Water Bacopa monnieri marginal   0 to 1 inch 2 to 4 inches 6+ shade to full white             6.99 No
Reed, Giant Arundo donax marginal   0 to 5 inches 8 to 12 feet 5+ partial to full silver             8.99 No
Reed, Golden Pharagmites australis aurea marginal   0 to 6 inches 4 feet 4+ partial to full green 9.00 5.95           No
Reed, Variegated Common Phragmites australis 'Candy...' marginal     4 to 5 feet 5+         11.00         No
Reed, Variegated Dwarf Common Phragmites australis aurea marginal     3 to 4 feet 5+         8.80         No
Reed, Variegated Mediterranean or Variegated Giant Arundo donax 'Variegata' marginal   0 to 3 inches 3 to 10 feet 5+ (Paradise says it is tropical)                 8.99 No
Rice, Perennnial Zizania latifolia marginal     4 feet 5+         6.10         No
Rosemallow, Scarlet (hibiscus) Hibiscus coccineus marginal     6 to 8 feet 7+         8.80         No
Rush, ? Juncus inflexus marginal                       7.99   No
Rush, Blue Juncus glauca marginal     1 to 2 feet 5+       5.95 6.60         No
Rush, Common Juncus effusus marginal Yes 1 to 6 inches 2 to 3 feet 5+   ivory yellow     4.40         Yes
Rush, Common Three Square Scirpus americanus marginal Yes   3 feet 5+         3.90         No
Rush, Corkscrew or Spiral Juncus effusus 'Spiralis' marginal     1 foot 5+   yellow   6.05 13.20   6.50 7.99   No
Rush, Dwarf Horsetail Equisetum scirpoides marginal Yes 0 to 1 inches 8 inches 4+ partial to full green           7.99   No
Rush, Flat Bladed Juncus macrophyllus marginal     1 foot 5+         6.60         No
Rush, Flowering Butomus umbellatus marginal   0 to 1 inch 2 to 3 feet 3 to 6+ light shade pink   6.45 6.10   5.95   8.99 No
Rush, Horsetail Equisetum hyemale marginal Yes 0 to 8 inches 1.5 to 3 feet 3 to 4+ partial to full green 9.00 6.45 7.20   6.95   8.99 Yes
Rush, Miniature Eleocharis spp. marginal   0 to 2 inches 2 inches (creeper) 7+ partial to full               6.99 No
Rush, Pink Pickerel Pontederia cordata something marginal   0 to 12 inches 2 to 3 feet 6+ partial to full pink   6.95           No
Rush, Purple Pickerel Pontederia cordata marginal Yes 0 to 12 inches 2 to 3 feet 3+ partial to full purple 6.00 6.05 5.50 6.00 5.95 13.99 (for 2 plants)   Yes
Rush, Water Horsetail Equisetum fluviatile marginal   0 to 2 inches 2 feet 4+ shade to full sun               8.99 No
Rush, White   marginal   0 to 6 inches 2 to 6 feet 5 to 9 full sun     7.45         8.99 No
Rush, White Pickerel Pontederia cordata alba marginal Yes 0 to 12 inches 1 to 3 feet 3+ partial to full white 6.00 6.45 6.60   4.95     Yes (bought one in 1997 but bloomed purple so they sent wrong plant!; bought a new one in 2001 which died)
Rush, Spike or Spiked Eleocharis montevidensis marginal Yes 0 to 2 inches 1 foot 3 to 6+ partial to full brown 9.00 No longer sold 5.50 7.00     6.99 Yes (wild)
Rush, Spike Variegated Eleocharis dulcis variegata marginal                     6.95     No
Rush, Square Eleocharis quadrangulata marginal   0 to 6 inches 2 feet 4+ partial to full green 6.00             No
Rush, Variegated Striped or Golden Spears Baumea rubiginosa('Variegata') marginal   0 to 2 inches 2 feet 6+ partial to full   7.00   9.90       8.99 No
Rush, Zebra Scirpus tab. zebrinus marginal   0 to 1 inches 2 to 4 feet 5+ shade to partial sun brown 9.00 6.45 8.80   5.95 13.99 (for 3 plants)   Yes
Sagittaria Sagittaria spp. marginal Yes 0 to 12 inches 2 feet 4+ partial to full white 6.00             No
Sagittaria, "Crushed Ice" Sagittaria graminea marginal No 2 to 6 inches 15 inches to 2 feet 5+ partial to full white   6.25     6.95     No
Sagittaria, Giant or Red Stem(med) Sagittaria lancifolia (form ruminoides) marginal Yes 0 to 6 inches 4 to 5 feet 5 to 8+ (another catalog says 8-11!) partial to full white No longer carry 3.50           No
Samolis parvaflorus Samolis parvaflorus marginal                       7.99   No
Sedge, Black Flowering Carex nigra marginal     2 feet 5+   black   6.00 (may not be same species) 6.10         No
Sedge, Blue Carex flacca (formerly C. glauca) marginal   0 to 1 inch 6 to 12 inches 5+ sun to shade               8.99 No
Sedge, Inflated Tassel Carex fascicularis marginal   0 to 1 inch 2 feet 6+ sun to shade               8.99 No
Sedge, Palm Carex muskingumensis marginal   0 to 2 inches 12 to 18 inches 4+ sun to shade               8.99 No
Sedge, Variegated Carex riparia 'Variegata' marginal     2 feet 5+   black     12.10         No
Sedge, Variegated Blue Carex flacca 'Bias' marginal   0 to 1 inch 6 to 12 inches 5+ sun to shade               8.99 No
Sedge, Variegated Japanese Morrowii aureo varigata marginal     1 foot               5.95     No
Spearwort, Miniature Rannunculus flammula marginal     1 foot 5+   yellow     6.10         No
Spiderwort Tradescantia ohiensis marginal   0 to 2 inches 2 feet 5+ partial to full blue   No longer carry           Yes
Stachy palustris Stachy palustris                         7.99   No
Sweetflag, Golden Japanese or Dwarf Golden Sweetflag Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' marginal   0 to 3 inches 8 to 18 inches 5+ partial to full green No longer carry           8.99 Yes
Sweetflag, Green (sweetflag may be two words, "sweet flag") Acorus calamus marginal   0 to 6 inches 2.5 feet 4+ partial to full green 6.00 No longer carry 5.00     13.99 (for 3 plants) 8.99 Yes
Sweetflag, unknown type Acorus G.(may stand for gramineusPusillus marginal                       7.99   No
Sweetflag, unknown type Acorus Oborizuki marginal                       7.99   No
Sweetflag, Variegated Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' marginal   0 to 6 inches 2.5 feet 4+ partial to full green 10.00 6.00 11.00 7.00 6.95   8.99 Yes
Sweetflag, Variegated Dwarf or Japanese Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus' marginal   0 to 6 inches 1 foot 4-5+ partial to full green 6.00       5.95   8.99 No
Sword, 'Marble Queen' Melon Echinodorus cordifolius 'Marble Queen' marginal   0 to 6 inches 18 to 30 inches 5+ partial to full shade white             8.99 No
Sword, Melon Echinodorus cordifolius marginal   0 to 6 inches 18 to 30 inches 5+ partial to full sun white             8.99 No
Temple Plant Nomophila stricta marginal           blue         2.50     No
Veronica Beckabunga Veronica Beckabunga marginal           blue           7.99   No
Watercress (see here for more information) Nasturtium officinale (One source says N. offinale) marginal Yes 0 to 6 inches 1 foot 4+ partial shade white     5.50         Yes (from grocery store)
Willow, Primrose Ludwigia longiflolia marginal     2 to 3 feet     yellow         6.95     No
Wisteria, Water Synnema triflorum marginal           blue         2.50     Yes
Wedelia Wedelia marginal or damp soil           yellow (Zinnia like)         3.95     No
Willow, Water Justicia americana marginal   0 to 6 inches 1 to 2 feet 4 to 11 partial to full purple and white             8.99 Yes



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