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A dainty starry yellow flowered water lily with dark green rounded leaves that float above the water line. Naturally occurring in Southern Africa and Madagascar below 1600m. Can handle periods of minimal water and is very well suited for garden ponds. May need to be thinned out from time to time and are grown very easily from cuttings or dividing. Often used as an ornamental water plant.
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Easily grown from root cuttings or divisions
Sowing depth about 30-40cm below water (shallow pond depth).
Divide clumbs and replant in water.
Break pieces of rhizomes off to replant in new area.
Attracts useful insects
Southern Africa and Madagascar.
Ponds, marshes, rivers below 1600m.
Soil PH preference
Ornamental water plant
Arum lily, Juncus effusus
by Alice Aubrey and Mhlonishwa D Dlamini, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, September 2003. (Name updated August 2008) (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)