Plant ID? jamieharrop2012-04-23T18:25:00+01:00April 23rd, 2012|0 Comments Can anyone identify this aquatic plant for me please? It’s been suggested it might be Watercress? No Comments Bruce April 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply Hi NickIt does look like rorippa nasturtium-aquatica (nasturtium officinale). Its fairly common in ditches, waterways ETC. Steve will know for certain though. Nick Carter April 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply Thanks Bruce, is that a native British species? thinking of including it in a pond designed for Newts etc Bruce April 24, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply Water cress was recorded by James Bolton in the eighteenth century, especially around this area, so its as natural as you can get. Although still hang on for Steve to reply to make sure. Steve Blacksmith April 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm - Reply Yes, it looks like watercress, but as there are some extremely poisonous waterside plants, I wouldn't eat it. If you want to grow some to eat, buy a pack from the greengrocers, and stick a few stems in the muddy edge of a pond, or a basket for waterplants with heavy soil in it, half-submerged. They grow dead easy and are very hardy. It has a risk of carrying liver-fluke if sheep have access to the water and they happen to be infected. The fluke has a life-cycle alternating between some mammals and water snails. Nick Carter April 24, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply Thanks Steve, certainly wasn't thinking of eating it but am looking to plant up a recently dug pond with native species and found this in a nearby pond. Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.