Biological Name:

Brasenia schreberi (Watershield)

Natural Habitat:

Watershield is a type of aquatic plant that is native to wetlands, marshes, and other areas with standing water in temperate and tropical regions of the world. It is commonly found in shallow water and can grow in a variety of soil types, including sandy or clayey soils.


Watershield is an aquatic plant that is native to North America. It has floating oval-shaped leaves and small inconspicuous flowers. It is often found in still or slow-moving water and is used in wetland restoration projects.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can you eat Watershield?
A: Watershield is actually considered a perennial herb. Leaves not covered in slime are often eaten as a salad in Japan. Wild food foragers will also collect this plant because it is edible from top to bottom. The young leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked.

Q: Is Watershield good for pond?
A: Is watershield good for ponds? Water shield provides habitat for fish species like bluegill, largemouth bass, and bream. The plant itself provides food for waterfowl and other wildlife visiting the pond. In shallow ponds, water shield can become a nuisance weed and require management.

Q: What is the best waterproofing for ponds?
A: Liquid Rubber is ideal for sealing ponds as it has the ability to withstand water long term thanks to its high elasticity. 15L bucket of Liquid Rubber should give you about 5.5m2 coverage with 3 coats. Liquid Rubber is free from harmful chemicals and is certified for potable water (safe for human drinking water).

Q: How do I keep my 1 acre pond clean?
A: Aerate Your Pond. Whether you have a small decorative pond, a koi pond, a larger pond or even a small lake, aerating and/or agitating the water definitely help keep your pond clean. … Invest In A Pond Rake. … Add The Right Plants. … Add Colorant. … Add Beneficial Bacteria.

Q: Do Grass carp eat Watershield?
A: The grass carp (or white amur) is a plant eating member of the minnow family. However, they are not effective in controlling water lily, water shield, or American lotus. The waxy coating and thick stems of these plants make them difficult for a grass carp to eat.

Q: What to put in pond water to make it clear?
A: How To Clear Pond Water Naturally. It sounds strange, but the answer to natural pond algae control is barley straw. Not only is barley straw a natural pond algae killer, but it won’t harm your fish or plants and it’s cheap to buy too.

Q: How do I make my pond blue and clear?
A: Aqua blue is the most common dye for backyard ponds and it will give your pond a natural looking turquoise color. You can also buy pond enhancer , which is a combination of royal blue pond dye and beneficial bacteria, so it helps to maintain the color and clarity of the pond water and break down debris in the pond.

Q: How do I clear cloudy water in my pond naturally?
A: The primary way to resolve cloudy water is to remove excess waste and establish a regular maintenance routine. Regularly treating your pond with a sludge treatment or Brilliant Pond Tablets will help to keep waste levels down.

Q: What animals eat water shield?
A: Deer, beaver, muskrat, nutria and other rodents will consume the leaves and rhizomes of watershield, while the seeds are eaten by ducks.

Q: What animal is waterproof?
A: Platypus fur is waterproof and traps an insulating layer of air to keep its body temperature stable, even in cold water. Long guard hairs protect the dense fur underneath, which stays dry even after a platypus has been in the water for hours.

Q: What animal can spit water?
A: Archerfish boast an unusual talent: They hunt by spitting powerful streams of water out of their mouths at unsuspecting above-water insects.

Q: How do I get rid of water shield?
A: Herbicide control is a great option for Water Shield because you can literally apply the herbicide and then sit back and let it do its work. Most herbicides can control Water Shield throughout the season and only needs to be applied once a year.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.