Hippuris vulgaris, also known as ‘Mare’s Tail’, is a British native species that is easy to grow. It can be grown as a marginal around the edges of the pond with its foliage out of the water, or submerged in the pond as an oxygenator, or a mix of the two (partly submerged). It produces spires of dark-green foliage looking like miniature Christmas trees when growing above the water, while the underwater foliage is a lighter green with an attractive fluffy appearance. In strong sunlight the stems above water will often turn a pleasing red colour. Its rate of growth is medium to fast.
Repotting or planting
9cm oxygenating plants require potting into a larger mesh basket. Place in a pond no deeper than 1/3 maximum recommended planting depth to allow the plants to establish. 1ltr oxygenating plants do not require repotting, place in pond no deeper than 1/2 maximum recommended planting depth to allow the plants to establish. 2ltr plants do not require repotting, as they are larger more established plants they can be placed up to the maximum recommended depth. There is no need to remove the mesh basket.
Little maintenance is required. Remove excess growth if necessary.
Full sun – Part shade
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