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PlantFiles: Cape pond Weed, Water Hawthorn, Waterblommetjie
Aponogeton distachyos

Family: Aponogetonaceae
Genus: Aponogeton (ah-poh-no-JEE-tun) (Info)
Species: distachyos (dy-STAK-ee-yos) (Info)

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive philomel On May 3, 2010, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of my favourite pond plants and I find it hardy in my zone 8a garden. It seeds around (if there are rooting spots for the seedlings), though it shows no sign of becoming invasive, and the scented flowers are produced virtually non-stop. It flowers even when there are frosts. Very attractive leaves and unusual flowers.
The heights given are for water depth, as this plant doesn't go above the surface, other than just holding its flowers out of the water. I find it happiest in about 12"-18" of water, though it will still survive in a greater depth.

Neutral mystic On Aug 24, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has oblong green and red leaves that float on the water's surface. In the spring and fall, blooms rise out of the water bearing vanilla-scented, white flowers that are speckled with black.The long, oval shaped leaves float on the water, but it is usually the flowers standing up out of the water above the leaves, that attract attention. Bees are very attracted to the flowers and may be one of the main pollinators.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Francisco, California
Chicago, Illinois
Lebanon, Oregon
Anacortes, Washington

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