Coontail Plants

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Bare Root

We ship bare-root plants which are dormant (in a wintertime state) and have no pretty foliage, blooms, or greenery but they will bloom out in the following spring after they are planted and be beautiful.This is why we offer a 1 year warranty to show our customers their plants will thrive come spring.

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Shipping Information

We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.



Hardy Planting Zone – 3-9

Bloom Season – June through September

Bloom Color – Greenish brown

Height at Maturity – Up to 10 feet

Soil Type Preferred - Underwater plant

Sun or Shade – Part shade and part sun

 The Ceratophyllum demersum or Coontail is an aquatic or underwater plant found in ponds, lakes, streams, ditches, marshes and suitable for those who create water gardens.

It is one of the most common aquatic plants found in the United States. It's also found in other parts of the world, such as Canada and Mexico. However, the plant is not confined to just the North American area.

The Coontail, which lives entirely underwater, is straight and flat, but its leaves are needlelike. The plant makes one think of a raccoon's tail, where the name "Coontail" comes from. The plant is somewhat cord-like. However, it is also a flexible plant.

The plant has up to 12 leaves per whorl, and it bears a small amount of small fruit. The fruit is oval, and the fruit and the rest of the Coontail are wildlife food for species such as ducks. Furthermore, when the plant dies, the decomposition provides food for other species. However, it is not a plant that humans should eat because it is poisonous if ingested.

The Coontail is a perennial plant. It thrives in shallow water to as much as water that is 18 feet deep.

The plant prefers fresh or somewhat brackish water, not saltwater.

Although the plant has no roots, it's found at the bottom of water but can sometimes float freely.

The Coontail creates fish habitat, improves water clarity, and provides food for species. It also provides cover for small fish from their predators.

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