Minnesota Water Garden Society

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The Minnesota Water Garden Society (MWGS) will be outside, between the ­curbside plant pickup area and the Grandstand, selling a wide variety of water and bog plants (also good for rain gardens), both hardy and tropical, as well as goldfish, shubunkin, and koi.

Consult with knowledgeable water gardeners on your needs and desires before you buy. Many plants can be grown in containers and you don’t even have to worry about daily watering! MWGS was founded in 1997. Its mission is to increase enjoyment and ­enthusiasm for water gardening through ­promotion, education, and shared experiences.

Lotus Nelumbo nucifera

These are member-grown bareroot tubers. Not all varieties are available every year. Planting instructions included. In general, a round tub 18–24” in diameter and less than 12” tall is best. Full sun. bareroot $5.00–$30.00

American Nelumbo lutea See the Minnesota Native section, below

Chawan Basu High petal count; peony-like blossoms. Pink edges, creamy center. S–M

Grandiflora Alba Pure white classic lotus cup shape. Fragrant. L

Maggie Belle Slocum Pointed flowers of deep fuschia. Large and free-flowering. L

Momo Batan Super-high petal count on lovely dark pink peony-like blossom. S

Mrs. Perry D. Slocum Large flowers with pink/salmon coloring on creamy white. Large and free-flowering. L

Perry’s Giant Sunburst Huge blossoms held high above leaves. Classic lotus shape of bright creamy yellow. Needs space. L

Rice Paper Pure white; high petal count. Grows to container size, so it can be kept smaller. S

Minnesota Native

Angelica, Alexanders Angelica atropurpurea NEW
Native to stream banks and swampy areas. Statuesque plant with many medicinal and herbal qualities. Blooms white in June/July. 3–8’h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” or 5” pot $3.00–$7.00

Arrowhead Sagittarius latifolia
Small white flowers in spring. Grown for large arrowhead-shaped leaves. Edible tuber. 18–24”h. Part shade - shade. bareroot or 1 gal. pot $4.00–$12.00

Bog Bean Menyanthes trifoliata
Three-lobed leaves grow from a rhizome along the water’s surface. Trailing roots good for fish spawn. height: surface Í∏ bareroot $2.00–$8.00

Bulrush, Green Scirpus atrovirens NEW
Great clumping grass that tolerates water above the crown, with interesting flower bracts. Great for shoreline restoration and wildlife. 24–48”h. Sun - part shade. bareroot $3.00–$6.00

Bulrush, Soft-Stemmed Scirpus validus
Graceful blue-green cylindrical foliage. Less aggressive than cattails. 2–6’h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 5” pot $4.00–$10.00

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
Bright red tubular flowers July–September. 24–48”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 5” pot $3.00–$7.00

Cup Plant Silphium perfoliatum NEW
Sunflower-like. Leaves surround the stem to form a “cup.” Tolerant of clay and likes wet feet. 4–8’h. Sun - part shade. 5” or 1 gal. pot $5.00–$10.00

Horsetail Equisetum hyemale
Scouring rush for wet feet in a pond or raingarden. 18–24”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 10” pot $9.00

Horsetail Rush, Dwarf Equisetum scirpoides
Darling miniature horsetail with fine segmented foliage. 4–8”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” pot $3.00–$6.00

Horsetail, Water Equisetum fluviatale
Frilly, fine foliage that can be mowed. Good for container or edge of pond. 10–15”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” pot $3.00–$8.00

Iris, Blue Flag Iris versicolor
Beautiful peri­winkle iris for shallow water or raingarden. 18–24”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 1 gal. pot $4.00–$10.00

Jewelweed Impatiens capensis
Annual impatiens for wet feet. Speckled orange blossoms. Self seeds. 36–48”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” pot $3.00–$6.00

Lobelia, Great Blue Lobelia siphilitica NEW
Blue tubular flowers July–September. 24–36”h. Sun - part shade. 4” pot $3.00–$6.00

Lotus, American Nelumbo lutea NEW
Our native hardy lotus with pale yellow blooms. Can be planted in natural waterways. 3–5’h. Full sun. bareroot $10.00

Mare’s Tail Hippurus vulgaris
Soft bottle-brush stems rise above shallow water. Native ­version of parrot’s feather. 6–12”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 5” pot $4.00–$8.00

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris
First to bloom in spring. Bog charmer with cup-shaped yellow flowers. 6–10”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” or 1 gal. pot $4.00–$20.00

Monkey Flower, Lavender Mimulus ringens
Snapdragon-like lavender flowers. For pond edge or rain garden 36–48”h.. Sun - part shade. 4” or 5” pot $4.00–$8.00

Pickerel Rush Pontederia cordata
Long, glossy, heart-shaped leaves with bluish purple spikes of flowers. 24–36”h. Sun - part shade. bareroot or 1 gal. pot $4.00–$13.00

Rosemallow, Halberleaf Hibiscus laevis NEW
Tropical-looking hibiscus with white to pink petals and maroon eye. Great for rain­gardens, bogs, pond edges and streams. 4–6’h. Sun - part shade. bareroot $3.00–$7.00

Rush, Three Square Schoenoplectus pungens NEW
Triangular in cross-section, foliage forms arching wands for the shoreline. 18–24”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 5” pot $3.00–$6.00

Sedge, Hop Carex lupulina NEW
Tough, with interesting flowering stems. Great wildlife food and cover. 24–36”h. Sun - part shade. bareroot $3.00–$5.00

Sedge, Lake Carex lacustris
arge, clumping lakeshore sedge for accent or wildlife. 36–48”h. Sun - part shade. 1 gal. pot $4.00–$15.00

Spatterdock Nuphar microphylla (advena)
Small cup-shaped flowers with deeply lobed water lily-like floating leaves. Also known as yellow pond lily. Height: surface. Full sun. bareroot $6.00–$10.00

Sunflower, Swamp Helianthus angustifolius NEW
Stately floriforous sunflower that blooms September until frost. Tolerates many soil types. 5–7’h. Sun - part shade. bareroot $3.00–$7.00

Waterlily, American White Nymphaea odorata
Our only native water lily. White blooms. Can be planted in natural waterways. Height: surface. Full sun. bareroot $8.00–$15.00


Arrowhead, Variegated Sagittaria graminea ‘Crushed Ice’ NEW
Same as the native arrowhead, but with mottled creamy white and green foliage. 18–24”h. Part shade - shade. 5” pot $10.00

Cardinal Flower, Queen Victoria Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’ NEW
Larger than the native with striking maroon foliage and brilliant red tubular flowers. 36–48”h. Sun - part shade. 4” pot $7.00

Marsh Marigold, Double Caltha palustris ‘Plena’ NEW
Rare double-flowering cultivar of the native. Full yellow flowers like a zinnia. 12–15”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” pot $15.00

Marsh Marigold, Giant Caltha polypetala NEW
Much larger version of the native. 24–36”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” pot $8.00

Rush, Corkscrew Juncus effusus ‘Spiralis’
Fun curly spirals on a compact plant add interesting shape. 12–15”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 10” pot $11.00


Angelica Angelica gigas
Striking plant for moist woodland or bog. Blooms burgundy in fall through hard freeze. 3–5’h. Part shade - shade. 4” or 5” pot $3.00–$7.00

Arrow Arum Peltandra virginica
Dense clump of arrowhead leaves, with reddish stems and calla lily-like flowers. Zone 5. 18–24”h. Part shade - shade.  bareroot or 10” pot $4.00–$10.00

Butterbur Petasites hybridus Huge leaves. Likes moist woodlands or bogs. Deer- and rabbit-resistant. 36–48”h. Part shade - shade. 4” or 1 gal. pot $3.00–$10.00

Cattail, Dwarf Typha laxmannii
The best-behaved cattail. Full cattail look with smaller, graceful habit. 36–48”h. Sun - part shade. 10” pot $9.00

Cattail, Miniature Typha minima NEW
The true miniature. Dainty in a container. Catkins about 1” round. 12–15”h. Sun - part shade. 4” pot $5.00

European Brooklime Veronica beccabunga
Glossy dark green ground cover with blue flowers for stream or trailing over the edge of a container. 6–8”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 10” pot $3.00–$12.00

Floating Heart Nymphoides peltata
Like a miniature water lily with small, cup-shaped yellow flowers. Grows quickly. height: surface. Sun - part shade - shade. bareroot $5.00

Forget-Me-Not, Water Myosotis scorpioides
Periwinkle blue flowers on a plant that thrives in water and wet feet. 6–8”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” or 5” pot $4.00–$10.00

Forget-Me-Not, Water Pink Myosotis scorpioides ‘Pinkie’ NEW
Unusual pink-flowering version. 4–6”h. Part shade - shade. 4” pot $7.00

Golden Club, Giant Orontium aquaticum ‘Red Giant’ NEW
Sturdy leaves will float in deeper water, but remain upright in shallows. Showy multiple spadices covered with yellow ­flowers. Zone 5. 12–24”h. Part shade - shade. 5” pot $8.00

Iris, Blue Water Iris laevigata
True water-iris. Deep blue-purple bloom with bold white streak. 24–36”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 10” pot $4.00–$9.00

Iris, White Water Iris laevigata
True water-iris. Soft white bloom with bluish tinge near throat. 24–36”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 10” pot $4.00–$9.00

Mint, Water Mentha aquatica NEW
Everything you like about mint, but likes wet feet. Edible, rabbit/deer resistant 12–24”h. Sun - part shade. 10” pot $7.00

Monkey Flower, Yellow Mimulus guttatus NEW
Native to western U.S., great for moving water. Bright yellow snapdragon-like flowers. 18–24”h. Sun - part shade. 4” pot $5.00

Rosemallow, Crimson-Eyed Hibiscus moscheutos NEW
Dinnerplate-sized flowers, white with maroon eye. Loves heat, sun and wet feet. 24–48”h. Sun - part shade. bareroot $4.00–$6.00

Rush, Zebra Schoenoplectus zebrinus
Striking horizontal striping. Likes cool water and shade to maintain variegation. 36–48”h. Part shade - shade. 10” pot $12.00

Sweet Flag, Miniature Golden Japanese Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’
Darling miniature with iris-like yellow-green foliage. Zone 5. 6–12”h. Sun - part shade. 4” pot $7.00

Sweet Flag, Variegated Acorus calamus variegata
Iris-like foliage with unusual vertical 
variegation. Maintenance-free. 24–36”h. Sun - part shade. bareroot $1.00–$10.00

Thalia, Red-Stemmed Thalia geniculata f. ­ruminoides
Pond show-stopper with large green leaves and red stems. Zone 5. 6–10’h. Sun - part shade. 10” pot $13.00

Water Celery Oenanthe
Great filtering bog plant with celery-like foliage and flowers 8–15”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” or 5” pot $3.00–$8.00

Water Celery, Variegated Oeanthe javanica ‘Flamingo’
Same as Water Celery but the foliage is green bordered white with pink tinges. 8–15”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 4” or 10” pot $3.00–$8.00

Water Plantain Alisma plantago-aquatica
Similar to the native, but with broader leaves and a larger baby’s breath panicle of flowers. 12–36”h. Sun - part shade. 4” or 5” pot $3.00–$6.00

Water Snowball Gymnocoronis spilanthoides
South American native. Trailing stems along the water with white pom-pom flowers. Can be cut back to promote more flowers. Zone 5. 12–18”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 10” pot $10.00

Water Lilies

These are member-grown bareroot divisions. Not all varieties available every year. Planting instructions included. Also a selection of unknown varieties at a fantastic price are available. All full sun unless noted otherwise. $5.00–$35.00

Alba European native white waterlily. White, star-shaped flower, large green pads. L 

American White Waterlily Nymphaea odorata See Minnesota Native at left.

Attraction Red with a white tint on the outer petals. Very easy to grow. Great bloomer even in less sun. S Í∏

Barbara Dobbins Large light pink petals held above water. Mostly green pads with some purple mottling. L 

Black Princess One of the darkest reds available. New foliage is burgundy maturing to green. Cooler water. M 

Charlene Strawn Clear yellow blossoms with fragrance. Somewhat mottled green pads. M–L 

Chromatella Primrose yellow blossoms. Maroon and green pads. Great bloomer even in less sun. S Í∏

Colorado Salmon-pink. Green pads with purple mottling. Fantastic bloomer in full sun. L 

Denver Multiple petals of light yellow. Large green pads dappled with purple. M–L 

Fabiola Cup-shaped pink flowers with fragrance. Bronze pads mature to green. Good container plant. S 

Froebelii NEW Cup-shaped bold red flowers. Bronze pads mature to green. Great container plant. S 

Georgia Peach Orange/pink blossoms stay open late into the day. Mottled pads, cooler water. M–L 

Helvola Canary yellow blossoms with olive and purple pads. Great for containers. Mini 

Hermine NEW Star-shaped white flowers with olive pads. Perfect for containers. Mini 

Joey Tomocik Strongest yellow for Minnesota. Prolific bloomer stays open late in the day. Green and purple pads. M–L 

Laydekeri Fulgens Crimson flowers, green pads. Good for shallow and mid-sized ponds. M 

Lilypons NEW Over 100 petals on each soft pink blossom. A showstopper. Sold in honor of the 100th anniversary of Lilypons Water Gardens in Maryland. M 

Mayla Brilliant fuchsia blossoms with high petal count. Needs a large container and respite from full sun. L Í∏

Moon Dance Creamy white blossoms stay open late for moonlit ponds. Green pads. Winters well. M–L

Patio Joe Salmon pink blossoms. Vigorous. Purple/green mottled pads. Winters well. S–M 

Perry’s Baby Red Cup-shaped deep scarlet prolific bloomer. Green pads. Good for container or small pond. S 

Perry’s Double Yellow Free-flowering yellow. Many petals; some fragrance. Flecked pads. M–L 

Perry’s Fire Opal Reliable large blossoms of deep pink with multiple petals make this an eye-catcher. S–M 

Pink Grapefruit Pink to salmon blossoms, holds color well. Green pads wth some purple flecks. M 

Pink Opal Relatively large pink blossoms on a small spreader make this good for containers. Green pads. S \

Pink Sparkle NEW Frosty pink, star-shaped flowers. Bright green pads. M 

Starbrite NEW Very long star-shaped white flowers with a subtle hint of pink. Pads lightly flecked with creamy yellow. M–L 

Sunfire Fairly new. Large pink blossoms with brilliant salmon/yellow centers. Prolific bloomer even in part shade. M–L Í∏

Wanvisa Unusual variable colors make each bloom on the same plant a surprise. Pink, yellow, and salmon speckled and solid in each bloom. Gorgeous mottled pads. M 


American Frogbit Limnobium spongia NEW
Leaves float on water looking like a miniature water lily. Great for surface coverage in container gardens. Native to the U.S., from southern Illinois to Florida. Height: surface. Sun - part shade. bareroot $3.00–$6.00

Bog Lily, Red Crinum ‘Menehune’ NEW
Delightful Hawaiian plant. Burgundy foliage with spiky pink ­flowers. 12–36”h. Sun - part shade. 4” pot $6.00

Calla Lily, Giant Zantedeschia aethiopica
Showy white flowers with orange stamens. 24–36”h. Part shade - shade. 10” pot $12.00

Canna Canna 
These canna are considered “water canna” to be grown in damp soil or wet feet. They are great in containers or along the edge of the pond. Do not submerge the crown more than 1–2” below water.. Sun - part shade. 4” or 10” pot $2.00–$12.00

  • Black Knight Deep burgundy foliage with velvety dark red flowers. 4–5’h 
  • Endeavor Narrow blue-green leaves with red flowers. 4–5’h 
  • Erebus Flamboyant pink flowers with lighter blue-green foliage. 3-4’h 
  • Florence Vaughn Dynamic orange blossoms with ­yellow edges. 5–6’h 
  • King Humbert Striking purple leaves with green stripes. Orange/yellow flowers. 5–6’h  
  • Pink Sunburst NEW Bold striped leaves in bronze, green, and pink with bubblegum pink flowers. 2–3’h 
  • Striped Beauty NEW Prolific yellow blossoms on large green leaves with light stripes. 3–4’h 
  • Tanney Orange to salmon speckled blooms. Powdery blue-green foliage. 4–5’h 

Mosaic Plant Ludwigia sedioides NEW
Floating rosettes in a unique diamond geometric pattern and small yellow flowers. A conversation starter. height: surface. Sun - part shade. bareroot $8.00

Papyrus, Dwarf Cyperus haspan
Shortest of the cyperus with a fuller leaf pompom on top. 12–18”h. Sun - part shade - shade. 10” pot $12.00

Parrot Feather Myriophyllum aquaticum
Feathery foliage for the pond edge, in streams or in containers. Softens rock edges. Height: trailing. Part shade - shade. 10” pot $9.00

Parrot Feather, Dwarf Red-Stemmed Myriophyllum spp. NEW
Miniature version of parrot feather with red stems. Striking in small containers. Height: trailing Part shade - shade. 4” pot $5.00

Water Petunia, Pink Ruellia brittoniana ‘Chi Chi’ NEW
Dark green foliage on long stems covered with pink, petunia-like flowers. 18–24”h. Sun - part shade. 4” pot $5.00

Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea variegata
Fast-growing clump of beautiful cream and bluish-green variegation with lavender garlic-like flowers. 12–18”h. Sun - part shade. 10” pot $10.00

Taro Colocasia esculenta 3–4’h Sun - part shade - shade.

  • Black Magic Velvet maroon-black foliage on ­burgundy stems. 10” pot $2.00–$12.00
  • Fantanesii Large green foliage with violet stems.  4” or 10” pot $2.00–$12.00
  • Imperial Dark green foliage with velvety black between veins. 10” pot $2.00–$12.00

Umbrella Palm Cyperus alternifolius
Maintenance-free accent for container or water garden. 4–6’h Part shade - shade. 10” pot $5.00–$12.00

Umbrella Palm, Dwarf Cyperus alternifolius gracilis NEW
Smaller version of Umbrella Palm for the smaller pond or container. 18–30”h Part shade - shade. 4” pot $5.00–$10.00

Waffle Plant Hemigraphis colorata ‘Exotica’
Compact ground cover. Glossy dark green leaves with purple undersides, white blooms. 6–12”h. Sun - part shade. 10” pot $9.00

Water Hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes
Floating plant great for filtration and containers. Glossy bulbed leaves and showy lavender flower. 6–12”h. Sun - part shade. bareroot $6.00

Water Lettuce Pistia stratiotes
Floating plant great for filtration and containers. Fuzzy-leaved rosettes, good for shade. 4–6”h Part shade - shade. bareroot $6.00

Yellow Snowflake Nymphoides geminata NEW
Perfect for containers. Small mottled leaves rest on the water surface, with yellow star-shaped fringed flowers. height: surface. Sun - part shade - shade. bareroot $5.00

Zephyr Lily Zephranthes NEW
Crocus-like flower. Relative of amarylis with narrow foliage that blooms shortly after heavy rain. 12”h Sun - part shade.

  • Pink Z. rosea 4” pot $7.00
  • White Z. candida 4” pot $6.00
  • Yellow Z. flavissima  4” pot $6.00


Shubunkin, goldfish, and koi are available in assorted sizes and colors. Fish will be bagged. Bring your own container for ­transport. $3.00–$160.00


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