Water Hawthorn Plant Description
Water Hawthorn is a cool weather plant and does well in temperatures of 32 - 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a great plant and does well in most parts of the USA, especially in the north! If the temperatures don't go below 32 degrees and if the water isn't frozen over--you very well may have Water Hawthorn blooming throughout the winter months! Leaves are oblong and oval in shape and emerald-green in color. The flower is small and white with tiny brown freckles and has a delicious vanilla scent when blooming! Usually sold as a dormant bulb as greenhouse temperatures are too warm for this particular plant. (Please Note; Hawthorne bulbs will perish if the water temperatures are over 90 degrees for long periods in the summer, so many places in Florida or Texas are not suitable for the Water Hawthorne Plant.) Water Hawthorn will grow and bloom in cooler temperatures when most of your other pond plants are asleep. Water Hawthorne goes dormant throughout the hot summer months and comes back in the fall when temperatures are cooler. Water Hawthorne are excellent plants for your pond!
(Latin and common names include: Aponogeton distachyos or Aponogeton distachyum, also known as waterblommetjie, Cape-pond weed, vleikos and Cape pond weed is an aquatic flowering plant.)
Plant Height Foliage of water hawthorn is at the surface of the water, blooms are an inch or two above the water's surface
Plant Width Grows to a 2 - 3 foot spread
Plant Sunlight Requirements Full sun to full shade
Moisture Needs Must be planted in water 6 inches to 30 inches deep.
Bloom Time (Any time the water 32 - 75 degrees Fahrenheit) Loves cool water!
Water Hawthorn Planting Instructions
Plant your Water Hawthorn in loam soil (topsoil mixed with clay), never potting soil as it will float right out of the pot. Plant your bulbs in the top portion of the soil (shallow) with just an inch or two of soil above the bulb, with the pointed side of the bulb pointing up, and place the pot 6 to 30 inches beneath the surface of the water. (Do not cover the soil with stones)
Should your Water Hawthorne arrive as a plant rather than a bulb, plant it the very same way!
If your Water Hawthorne arrives as a bulb, you may keep it in the crisper of your refrigerator until you are able to plant the bulbs. As of 2020 we plan to send these as live plants only unless asked for otherwise!