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Invasive Aquatic Plant Ban - Alternative plants

We asked Waterside Nursery, winners of several RHS Flower Show awards for their displays of aquatic plants, to suggest some replacements for the plants which have recently been banned.  (Please note the images below show the banned plants.  Click on the names of the replacements to see them on the Waterside Nursery website)

Hydrocharis morsus ranae (Frogbit), a native available from June - to replace Azolla filiculoides (Water Fern).
    Azolla filiculoides
Myriophyllum spicatum (Spiked milfoil) (British Native)  - to replace Myriophyllum aquaticum (Parrot's Feather).  Although the names are similar the growth of this native below water is very different. 
Veronica beccabunga - to replace Hydrocotyle ranunculoides (Floating Pennywort) as surface cover. 
Ceratophyllum demersum (Hornwort) or Callitriche palustris (Starwort) - to replace the oxygenator Crassula helmslii (New Zealand Pygmweed).
Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold) and Ranunculus flammula with Menyanthes trifoliata (Bog Bean) (all Natives) can be used to give the habit and colour of Ludwigia grandiflora (Water Primrose) but there is no direct replacement.
If you are removing any of the above banned plants from your pond, Be Plant Wise and dispose of them responsibly.