Broad-Leaved Pondweed (Potamogeton natans)

Perennial
P. hibernicus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Broad-Leaved Pondweed
Potamogeton natans
Potamogetonaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is febrifuge and resolvent[218].

  • Edible Use

    Root – raw or cooked[61, 85, 103]. A nutty flavour[74]. Starchy[105, 115].

    Young branches that are produced from the rhizome[103]. No more details are given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a pot that is standing in its own depth of water in a greenhouse as soon as the seed is ripe if this is possible. Stored seed is likely to have a short viability. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and increase the depth of water around the pot until the plants are covered by a few centimetres of water. Grow the plants on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter, increasing the depth of water as the plants grow larger. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring[56]. Cuttings of erect shoots in the growing season[56].
A submerged aquatic plant that can be used as an oxygenator of ponds[1]. It is best given a loam based medium in full sun[200]. Succeeds in acid or calcareous conditions. A fast growing plant in need of constant checking to make sure it does not overrun the pond[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus, the resulting progeny is usually sterile[200]. Fish like to spawn amongst this plant[74].
Much of the northern hemisphere, including Britain.

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