Hippuris vulgaris


Mare’s Tail

Produces a mass of bright green bottlebrush shoots. Evergreen and a good oxygenator.



Hippuris vulgaris produces masses of soft, bottle brush shoots.  Dual purpose plant that is an excellent deep water oxygenating plant but can be grown also be grown as an attractive marginal.   Can be invasive in large natural ponds and lakes. Supplied bare-rooted.

Top tip: It grows in almost any conditions, even tolerates moving water and can be grown in dappled shade.

Flowers:  Insignificant as it propagates vegitatively and readily roots into surrounding soil.

Height of plant: 30-50cm from crown.  .

Propagation: Soft stems readily root but are very buoyant and if not anchored well, plants will float to the surface.

How to plant:  Plant into a 5lt or 10lt planting basket using heavy garden loam or Westland Aquatic Soil and place on a shelf in the pond.  Fill the planting basket to a depth so that the crown of the plant is level with the rim. Hold the plant securely and fill in with soil all around the roots, pressing the soil down very firmly until the planting crate is almost filled to the brim.  For aesthetic purposes, the soil can then be top dressed with no more than 1cm of pea gravel.

Recommended planting depth:  The planting depth for this plant measured from soil surface to water surface and not including any gravel dressing is 5-40cm.