Water soldier ‘Stratiotes aloides’ (Bare Root)


An unusual native plant with long, narrow and serrated leaves. Stratiotes like to have their roots in contact with the soil or on the base of the pond. Most ponds containing Stratiotes seem to have clear water.

This bare root option can be popped straight in your pond, “pineapple” side up!

They take a few days to adjust to the temperature and pH levels of your pond, so don’t worry if they initially appear on their side.

This species will sink to the bottom over winter before re-appearing in late spring.

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Allow to die back naturally. The old plant rots away and the young plants rise to the surface the following spring to bear small white flowers and start the cycle all over again.

If you are using Joel’s methods, as referenced in the ‘Wild Your Garden’ book and on Joel’s YouTube channel, appropriate marginal plants can be planted in the sub-soil areas around the edge of the pond. In these cases, you will not need to “re-pot” your 9cm pots, as they will go straight into the sub-soil.

However, if you are not using sub-soil and are going for a more formal look, the 9cm pots should be re-planted into an appropriate 1l size container or otherwise before being placed in or around your pond.
Container grown marginals should be placed in trays of water so that their roots may absorb the moisture. All sizes and planting depths are a guide only and considerable variation in the depth of water over the soil will be tolerated by most aquatics.

All plants in 1 litre containers and larger are in their final mesh basket and do not require repotting. However, we recommend 9cm plants are re-potted up to a minimum of 1 litre.


Additional information



Product Type


Sun Preference

Full sun to part shade

Flowering Time

Jun to Aug

Eventual Height


Aquatic Plant Size

Bare Root


Aquatic Plants – Please allow up to 5-7 days for delivery