• Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), bulb
  • Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), bulb
  • Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), bulb
  • Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), bulb
  • Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), bulb

Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), bulb

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Water Hawthorn thrives in cool water and is an excellent plant for both large aquariums and ponds. In ponds, it will bloom in cooler periods while pond lilies are dormant!


Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos), also known as Cape Pondweed, is a lovely bulb plant that can thrive both as an aquarium plant (in a large aquarium) and as a marginal pond plant. It requires cool water and is dormant in periods of warmer temperatures. In a pond setting, this is very advantageous because Water Hawthorn will flourish and bloom during Spring and Fall periods where more common pond plants such as lilies will be dormant, then it will become dormant during the warmer summer months while the lily plants are blooming. Water Hawthorn produces an exceptional amount of white, vanilla-scented flowers, even in full shade. 


Water Hawthorne is a rather versatile plant that can thrive in almost any light conditions from full sun to full shade. It is not particular about water flow as long as extreme conditions are avoided. It will grow at depths of 6 to 24 inches. In the aquarium, it requires no special care other than proper temperature and space. Its leaves float, so it will provide a great deal of shade for animals and other plants that prefer low lighting. It can spread of a width of up to 24 inches, so it should not be kept in very small aquariums.


Like most plants, Water Hawthorn will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements. However, supplementation is not required for this plant to grow and stay healthy.

(No aquarium plant distributor/nursery/wholesaler/retailer, can or will guarantee their plants to be 100% snail free, we can not guarantee our plants will be snail free)


We are currently offering this uncommon plant as a bulb. In many cases, the bulb is already beginning to sprout.


What We Like About This Plant:

  • Very versatile regarding lighting
  • Produces lovely white flowers
  • Excellent cool water plant
  • Appropriate for aquariums or ponds
  • Provides shade to the pond or aquarium


Care Guidelines:

  • Temperature: 32° - 75° F (0° - 24° C), dormant in warmer temperatures
  • pH: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Lighting: Low to High
  • Origin: Indigenous to Southern Africa, cultivated in US nurseries
  • Aquarium placement: Middle and Background, but bulb should not be fully buried in substrate
  • Care: Easy
  • Average Spread: 18 - 36 inches (46 - 91 cm)
  • USDA Hardiness Zones (Pond Use): 3 - 11


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