This plant is one of my favorite bog plants for my ponds... and my aquariums. I actually featured this plant in an "Above the Rim" aquarium I did last summer. What I like about it how it gives you these cool little "Umbrella" leaves. The plant looks like something my kids would cut and use as a Barbie umbrella. I have kept umbrella palms in partial shade as well as FULL SUNLIGHT. They don't care. The best way to keep them is in some decent substrate, however, if you are putting them in a pond- two hands full of gravel dumped over the roots will keep them just fine. If your pond has any kind of fishload in it at all, the fish waste will be more than enough to feed the Umbrella Palm. I only plant them in about 3 inches of water or less. One of the greatly overlooked part about all marginal or above water plants is how hard they WORK for you. Yes- plants that grow ABOVE the water can take in all of the CO2 they would like from the air as well as all of the sunlight. Like most plants Umbrella Palms take just a bit to get adjusted to a new environment, but I have quickly seen these adjust to my new pond. You can look at the plant and see that it is doing well by looking at the leaves. If the umbrella looks "Flipped inside out" like a big funnel towards the sun...guess what- you are doing good and it is growing just fine. Grab yourself an Umbrella Palm TODAY. NOTE: What I am shipping is around a foot tall or so with like 4 stems. They get about 2 feet tall. I take these plants into the greenhouse in the winter. If you are in zone 7 or higher, they should survive the winter in your area, but I live in zone 6 so I can't confirm if this will be the case.