This spring Vicki at Playin’ Outside and I exchanged divisions of pond plants, and I was given an unprepossessing clump of leaves in a pot, which Vicki informed me was a native bog plant called Texas mud baby (Echinodorus cordifolius). Texas mud baby?! How could I resist? I set it on a concrete block, with the top of the pot just beneath the water level in my stock-tank pond, and waited to see what it would do.
As soon as summer temperatures arrived, the Texas mud baby grew up! It’s now a handsome, vase-shaped plant with rounded, heart-shaped leaves. Long stems reach across the pond, trying to establish new roots, before opening small, tissue-like, white flowers with yellow eyes. Nobody should put Baby in a corner—she clearly needs room to spread.
The only downside that I’ve discovered is that she’s top heavy and tends to blow over when it’s windy. I need to figure out a way to anchor the pot more securely to the concrete block.
So what is the cutest plant name you’ve encountered?
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