Fanwort, Washington Grass, Fish Grass (Cabomba caroliniana - Synonym: Cabomba caroliniana var. caroliniana), Cabombaceae Family, perennial, blooms May to September
Cabomba caroliniana is common aquatic perennial found in the southeastern United States as well as some parts of South America. It occurs from Texas to Florida, north to New England (where it can be found in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire) and west to Kansas. It is also present in Oregon and Washington. It grows so aggressively in some regons that it has been declared a noxious, invasive weed.
Southern Swamp Lily, American Crinum (Crinum americanum), Amaryllidaceae Family, Texas native, perennial, blooms late spring through summer
Even though it looks like it might be a lily, it is not a true lily because the flower parts are attached above the ovary rather than below, as in a true lily. It spreads by underground stolons and self-seeds. It is found along streambanks and in marshes. It grows in full sun to shade, but blooms better in full sun. It makes a great bog plant.
Shrubby Water Primrose, Mexican Primrose Willow (Ludwigia octovalvis), Onagraceae Family, Texas native, perennial, blooms July through November, bog plant
Cross-referenced in Texas Gardening: Texas Native Plant Pictures by color ( Yellow )
It grows in wet soils or the mud of ditches, fields and rice fields, as well as the edges of marshes, ponds and streams. The plants are often found in large colonies and may reseed prolifically. The 1 5/8 to 2 inch, bright yellow, 4-petaled, 4-sepaled, stalked blooms appear from July through November from the upper leaf axils. The fruit are long, slender, erect, cylindrical, 4-sided, several ribbed pods that are up to 2 inches long. They are quite lovely and are often used in flower arrangements. The shrubby water primerose is a host plant for the water-primrose hornworm moth and is a favorite of swamp dragonflies.
Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Papyrus, Umbrella Palm (Cyperus involucratus), Cyperaceae Family, naturalized, perennial, blooms all year
Altough this plant is perfect for ponds and bogs, it grows in theregular landscape as well and does not require as much water as may be sugested in its description. With less water. it does not grow as tall. I love this plant because it gives a tropical feeling to the landscape area in which it growing. It will die back after a hard freeze, but returns quickly in the spring. It is suitable for growing in containers.
Yerba Mansa, Swamproot, Lizard Tail (Anemopsis californica), Saururaceae Family, native, perennial, blooms March through September, bog or wetlands plant
This perennial herb's blooms start out white and then develop reddish pink spots as it matures. The leaves are large, waxy, dull gray-green that lay flat and form mats. They have great veining. It is commonly called "lizard tail" because of the long runners that it produces in the spring. It can be found in marshes, creeksides, and other highly moist areas.
An infusion made from the aromatic roots is used by native Americans of the southwest as a general pain reliever and a treatment for colds, stomach ulcers, and chest congestion.
Rough Horsetail, Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale), Equisetaceaenative Family, perennial, evergreen, has no blooms, wetlands. can be invasive
A great plant for ponds and bogs. It reproduces by spores and spreads by underground rhyzomes. It is found on moist hillsides and peripheries of water bodies such as lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds swamps, floodplains and ditches. It is a living relic from an age millions of years before the dinosaurs existed. All of its relatives have gone extinct except for this genus with a couple dozen species. The evergreen stems are noticeable in winter and can providinig interest in the landscape. Stems have a high silica content and were used by early Americans for polishing pots and pans. It is still harvested commercially in northern Mexico for polishing fine furniture.