Light Guide for Plants in the Winter

A quick reference guide on how to care for aquatic plants.

Winter plantsPlants that will perform fine in a very low-light situations or Northern exposure would include:

  • Elettaria cardamomum – Cardamom
  • Echinodorus cordifolius – Sword
  • Cyperus alternifolius – Umbrella Palms

East, Southeast, South, Southwest or Western exposure:

  • Bacopa
  • Baumea rubiginosa “Variegata” – Variegated Striped Rush
  • Canna
  • Colocasia – Taro
  • Crinum – Bog Lily
  • Hymenocallis – Spider Lily
  • Philydrum langinosum – Frog’s Mouth
  • Pontederia – (Tropical) lanceolata, “Singapore Pink”
  • The hardy varieties prefer a dormant period and should remain outside.
  • Ruellia – Blue Bells, “Chi Chi”
  • Sagittaria lanceolata – Narrow Leaf Sagittaria
  • Sagittaria montevidensis – Aztec Arrowhead
  • Thalia geniculata Zephyranthes candida – Rain Lily

Good Southern exposure:

  • Cyperus gigantius – Giant Papyrus
  • Cyperus papyrus – Egyptian Papyrus
  • Cyperus haspan – Dwarf Papyrus Cyperus
    percamentus – Compact Papyrus

>> Read this feature, Overwintering Aquatic Plants, which accompanies this sidebar. 

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