Natural Distribution: Grows locally in the Perth region
Ottelia ovalifolia (CC-BY-NC 4.0) baronsamedi
Ottelia ovalifolia (CC-BY-NC 4.0) Michael Mcmaster
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.
Native Waterlily is versatile, enjoying a range of positions. Suitable for denser plantings and will perform well in full sun or light shade.
Native Waterlily is an aquatic plant which grows in water or permanently moist soil.
When to Plant and Watering
Aquatic plants like Native Waterlily can be planted into ponds at any time of year.
Native Waterlily should be grouped with other aquatic plants.
Feeding and Soil Care
Native Waterlily 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
Native Waterlily generally don’t need pruning for shape, as their natural growth is usually attractive and/or interesting.
This provides habitat for Invertebrates, and Frogs