Cape Pond Lily
Also known as
Cape Pondweed, Water Hawthorn, Water Hyacinth, Cape Asparagus, Hawthorn Scented Pondweed, Cape Hawthorn, Riverine Weed
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This plant has a mild fragrance
Cape Pond Lily Overview
The Cape pond weed is a deciduous or partially evergreen, perennial, aquatic flowering plant. It has long oval/egg-shaped or lance-shaped floating leaves and unbranched, small, edible, fragrant white flowers with purple anthers. Waterblommetjies flower in profusion during winter and spring. Bees are very attracted to the flowers and may be one of the main pollinators. It is adapted to growing in ponds and vleis which dry up in summer. The dormant tubers sprout again as soon as the pools fill in autumn. This is a well known local delicacy for the cold winter months. It has become so popular that many commercial plantings have been made in ponds around the Western Cape.
Common problems with Cape Pond Lily
Generally pest and disease free.
How to harvest Cape Pond Lily
Allow seedheads to dry on plants and then remove and collect seeds. Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds.
How to propagate Cape Pond Lily
Plant new tubers in a pot with loam and place it in shallow water until the plants starts growing strong. The pot can then slowly be moved to deeper water in the sun. They seed themselves.
Divide rhizomes in spring or sow seed when ripe.
Special features of Cape Pond Lily
Attracts useful insects
It is adapted to growing in ponds and vleis which dry up in summer.
Other uses of Cape Pond Lily