Natural Distribution: Grows in the Southwest of WA
Marsilea drummondii (CC-BY 4.0) David Francis
Marsilea drummondii (CC-BY-NC 4.0) swainsona1
Nardoo (CC-BY) – Jason Pitman
Growing at a Glance
See Growing Guide for more detail
Position: Adaptable to sunny and light-shade positions
Watering: An aquatic plant that grows in standing water.
Feeding: Fertiliser not required.
Pruning: Generally not needed.
Nardoo is versatile, enjoying a range of positions. Suitable for denser plantings and will perform well in full sun or light shade.
Nardoo is an aquatic fern which spreads around the shallow areas of ponds via under-water runners.
When to Plant and Watering
Aquatic plants like Nardoo can be planted into ponds at any time of year.
Nardoo should be grouped with other aquatic plants.
Feeding and Soil Care
Nardoo don’t need fertiliser because they are adapted to grow in our local soils, which are typically low in nutrients.
Plants will benefit from adding some vegetable-based compost (avoid those with manure) into the soil at planting.
As your garden develops, practice ‘cut and drop’ when you prune your plants. The leaf and branch material that falls to the ground slowly breaks down over time, releasing nutrients to help your garden to grow.
How to Prune
Nardoo can grow quickly and overwhelm small ponds,
it it easy to remove using secateurs.