Indoor plants that grow in water

Many water plants can live indoors.

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Did you know that there are a few plants that can last a long time in water when indoors? Some are as well known as Java moss or bacopa, but there are more that we want you to know so that you too can decorate your home with them.

These are very interesting if we do not have much experience caring for plants, since they do not need much maintenance. Take a look at the most beautiful indoor plants that grow in water.

What are the aquatic plants that can live indoors?

If we want to have aquatic plants inside the house, that is, plants that not only will not mind having their roots submerged but will also appreciate it, it is very interesting to take a look at the ones that we present below:

Achira of water (thalia dealbata)

The Thalia dealbata can be kept indoors


The achira de agua, also called talia, is a plant native to North America that reaches a height of up to 1,5 meters. The leaves are green and spade-shaped. Its flowers are lilac and sprout in a cluster from a flower stem.

Bacopa (bacopa monnieri)

Bacopa is an aquatic plant

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Bacopa, also called water hyssop, is a plant native to Asia that has green, succulent leaves and reddish stems. Certainly very reminiscent of true purslane (Portulaca oleracea), but unlike this one it has white flowers, sometimes with purple lines, and can live without problems in water.

callitriche palustris

The callitriche is a small aquatic plant

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El callitriche palustris It is a species native to much of Europe, where it lives in wetlands and near watercourses. Grows up to 20 centimeters tall, and develops very thin stems with small, lanceolate, green leaves. Its flowering time is from spring to late summer, and it produces tiny, yellow flowers.

mat reed (Juncus effusus)

The reed can be kept indoors and in water

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El rush of mats It is an aquatic plant native to the Mediterranean region, where it lives in temperate waters. Reaches a height of 30 to 100 centimeters, develops green stems and blooms in spring. Its flowers are tiny and brownish in color.

Java moss (Vesicularia Dubya)

Vesicularia is a water plant

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Java moss is an ideal plant to have in an aquarium, where it will have to be placed at the base of the aquarium since it has to be submerged. Its leaves are green and long, up to 15 centimeters in length. It does not have roots, but you do not have to worry about that since it is not difficult for it to adhere to trunks or stones.

chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata)

There are many flowering plants that live in water.

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The chameleon plant is a herbaceous plant native to Asia that can grow between 50 centimeters and one meter in height. It has green, heart-shaped leaves, and throughout the summer it produces white flowers with four petals.

calico plant (Alternanthera bettzickiana)

There are many aquatic plants that can live at home

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It is a variety of Alternanthera called a calico plant. It is native to South America, and It grows to a height of between 20 and 50 centimeters. Its leaves are lanceolate, green or reddish green, and it produces white flowers of about 1 centimeter. In addition, you should know that it can be kept both in an aquarium and in a pot with or without holes.

Hat (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)

The Hydrocotyle is a green plant

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The aquatic plant known as sombrerillo is native to South America. It has rounded, light green leaves and grows up to 30 centimeters tall. about. It can be kept in a container with water or as a floating plant. It is not demanding.

Why can't all houseplants grow in water?

The water stick, the lucky bamboo, the pothos, the cyclamen, the peace lily, the tradescantia, the ivy or the monstera These are just some of the plants that are recommended to be kept in water, but… is it really correct to say that they can be in an aquatic environment? My opinion is no, and also a resounding no. The reason is simple: all these plants are terrestrial, that is, grow on land. They need it.

They can live in water a few days, weeks, months. Maybe a few years with luck. But If they are kept in a container full of water for their entire lives, three things will end up happening:

  • Its growth will slow down, due to lack of space and nutrients, until it stops.
  • They will not flower and therefore will not produce fruit.
  • And in the end there will come a time when the plants will be drowned.

Although plants began their evolution in the sea (not in vain, it was there where life originated, more than 500 million years ago), as time went by, they adapted. That is why, just like humans, we can remain only a few seconds without breathing underwater, the vast majority of plants will only survive a short period of time with their roots waterlogged.

Therefore, I think it is very important to know the basic needs of plants, since that is the only way to keep them healthy. But, if we are interested in keeping them in water, we can do so as long as we choose aquatic species. Believe me, it is the most advisable if we do not want to spend money in vain.

We hope you liked the indoor plants that can grow in water that you have seen in the article.

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