10 Stunning Floating Flowers that Float in Water

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Floating Flowers can be quite a delight to look at, creating a drama in the garden! You can have them in small ponds or large bowls!

You don’t always have to grow blooms in pots – floating flowers bring in a delightful option, where they can be cultivated in water gardens, and decorative water features!

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The buoyancy of these blooms is the result of the air-filled cells or spongy tissues that help them stay afloat.

1. Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae family)

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Water lilies come in a range of colors, including white, pink, and purple. These blossoms flower above the water’s surface, complemented the large, round leaves.

2. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

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Lotus is a national flower of India, and also symbolizes purity and enlightenment in many cultures. Its pink or white flowers rise elegantly above the water.

3. Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)

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While the plant can be invasive, you can keep it under control in small ponds or large bowls – it offers lavender or blue flowers atop glossy green foliage.

4. Water Poppy (Hydrocleys nymphoides)

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The charming yellow flowers (resembling miniature poppies) of this plant are head turners when they pop above the water surface!

5. Floating Heart (Nymphoides peltata)

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It has fringed yellow flowers that grow on erect stalks complemented by small, heart-shaped leaves. A must have for mini water feature in the garden!

6. Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos)

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A water flower with a sweet fragrance, it produces elegant white blooms that float gracefully on the surface. It also grows well in cooler temperatures.

7. Water Snowflake (Nymphoides indica)

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These small flowers have fuzzy hairs on the petals, earning them their name! The blooms contrast beautifully with the green foliage!

8. Mosaic Plant (Ludwigia sedioides)

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The whole plant looks like a giant flower, thanks to its geometric leaf patterns – well, it also grows tiny yellow blooms – an icing on this stunning cake!

9. European Frog’s-bit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae)

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Its small, white flowers and rosette of floating leaves create a charming display, especially in a small bowl – it can be a great patio addition!

10. Bladderwort (Utricularia)

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This has to be the most unique flower on the list – I mean look at the way the bottom leaves are designed to tower up the flower! A Nature’s masterpiece!

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