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Alisma subcordatum

Small-Flowered Water Plantain

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Alisma subcordatum (Small-Flowered Water Plantain)

A tall, spindly, many-branched water plant with small white (rarely pink) flowers arranged in whorls. Occurs in shallow water in freshwater marshes, sluggish streams and along the edges of ponds and lakes. The lower part of the plant is often submerged while the upper part is exposed.

Additional Information:
The submerged root-like structure is edible; it was dried and eaten by Native Americans.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
- Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
White


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Creeping Spike Rush (Eleocharis palustris), Soft Rush (Juncus effusus), Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

OBL

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Root

Rhizomes

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

High

Special Uses

Bog

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals
Food/Birds