The 5 types of koi pond plants are bog, marginal, floating, emergent, and submerged. Iris’ and corkscrew rush are a couple of examples.
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It’s Not Complete Yet
“That’s because it’s not,” agrees Amy. “The pond part is done and it looks great! But, we need to put in some koi pond plants to finish the job. Then it’ll look wonderful. It is one more cost of a koi pond we didn’t think about, though.”
Brian smiles and shrugs. “Awesome, a new experience for our green thumbs. Or will they be blue thumbs now…” he trails off. Amy lets loose a laugh. “Maybe they’ll be blue-green. But we haven’t even chosen our aquatic plants yet, so let’s do that first.”
Amy takes out her phone to start looking up pond plants on Google. Brian walks over so he can look on too.
Here’s what the couple finds out:
The 5 Types Of Koi Pond Plants
1. Bog Plants
2. Marginal Aquatic Plants For Ponds
Marginal koi pond plants thrive in up to 6 inches of water. Some can also live in the bog area. They’re great for decorating rocks close to the pond and adding some flavor to the edges.
One plant that’s great for the margins is the corkscrew rush (Juncus effusus ‘Spiralis’). Its green leaves corkscrew outward. This creates a unique and attractive look.
3. Floating Koi Pond Plants
4. Emergent Pond Plants
5. Submerged Plants For Ponds
Any fish you have will love submerged plants. They can snack on them and use them to hide from any predators.
Hornwort (Anthocerotopsida) is a popular choice among pond owners. This plant doesn’t grow too quickly and fish don’t eat it too much. It also oxygenates the water.
Invasive Aquatic Plants For Ponds
These are invasive species in Rhode Island waterways. You’ll need to watch over them carefully to make sure they don’t take over your pond:
- Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
- Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae)
- American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) – emergent
You can find a full list and more information on them here: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/water/quality/surface-water/aisplant.php