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Golden Club

Orontium aquaticum

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Golden Club (Orontium aquaticum) at Moana Nursery

Golden Club foliage

Golden Club foliage

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

An interesting, marginal aquatic plant that grows in shallow, slow moving water or at the edge of a pond; spreads by slowly creeping rhizomes; unusual yellow tipped flower spikes in spring add interest to this water feature plant

Ornamental Features

Golden Club features unusual spikes of white tubular flowers with yellow tips rising above the foliage from early to late spring. Its large narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Club is an herbaceous perennial with a low habit of growth, spreading atop the surface of the water. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Golden Club is ideally suited for growing in a pond, water garden or patio water container, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Water Gardens
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Golden Club will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the water, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. 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 pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Golden Club 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Container  Bog  Water 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features

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