High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Flamingo Variegated Water Celery
Oenanthe javanica 'Flamingo'
Flamingo Variegated Water Celery foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Plant Height: 4 inches
Flower Height: 6 inches
Spread: 30 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4
This parsley relative produces beautiful spreading, lacy foliage that is light green, dappled with cream and pink; grown for foliage, flowers are not showy; control by clipping back runners; excellent for containers; prefers constant moisture
Flamingo Variegated Water Celery's attractive crinkled ferny leaves remain light green in color with showy creamy white variegation and tinges of pink throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Flamingo Variegated Water Celery is an herbaceous perennial with a low habit of growth, spreading atop the surface of the water. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Flamingo Variegated Water Celery is ideally suited for growing in a pond, water garden or patio water container, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Water Gardens
- Container Planting
- Bog Gardens
Planting & Growing
Flamingo Variegated Water Celery will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the water. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. As an aquatic plant, it requires a suitable water garden environment and will benefit from special planting and ongoing care practices; consult one of our in-store experts for further details and instructions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Flamingo Variegated Water Celery is a fine choice for the water garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in outdoor pots and containers, aquatic plants like this one will require a special growing environment that meets their requirement for consistent moisture.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.