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Alisma plantago-aquatica

Water plantain

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.6m to 0.9m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitWater plant
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Alisma plantago-aquatica (Water plantain). The best known species of the genus. Its heart-shaped leaf blades are up to 25 cm long and the many-branched stems rise to a height of 90 cm. The earrly summer flowers are white and are held in long-stemmed, open panicles; each one is 1.5 cm in diameter.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, Aquatic

Origin

Europe, Africa, E. Asia, N. America

Interest and use

Aquatic, bog gardens, marshes.

The leaves and sometimes roots have been used in traditional medicine for many ailments such as epilepsy and cystitis.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilBoggy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterWet to moist

Cultivation

Deadhead to prevent self-seeding.

Propagation

By seed when ripe or rhizome division in spring.

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