Aquatic Plants & Kids

By Rebekah Richards; Updated April 24, 2017
Water lilies are a type of aquatic plant.

Aquatic plants grow in various types of water, including ponds, rivers and lakes. Among common types of aquatic plants are cattails and water lilies. Growing aquatic plants can be a fun science experiment for children.


Aquatic plants can grow nearly anywhere there is water--along the edges, bottom or surface of lakes and ponds, in streams and rivers, in waterlogged soil and in flooded lands or meadows.


Aquatic plants can be found all over the world. Humans and birds have transmitted countless types of seeds, fruits and plants, spreading aquatic plant species.


Aquatic plants can have roots in the mud and submersed leaves, in the mud and floating leaves, or they can float entirely and not be connected to the bottom of the water.


Some examples of common aquatic plants are cattails, pondweed, skunk cabbage, horsetails, water lettuce, water hyacinth, water lilies, duckweeds, mosquito ferns and water marigolds.


If you plan to grow aquatic plants in a pond, dig to three levels of depth and consider using specially formulated aquatic soil. Control algae by introducing a variety of floating plants, such as water hyacinth and water lilies.

About the Author

Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.