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Products > Eleocharis dulcis
 
Eleocharis dulcis - Chinese Water Chestnut

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass-like
Family: Cyperaceae (Sedges)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Eleocharis tuberosa]
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Aquatic
Eleocharis dulcis (Aquatic) (Chinese Water Chestnut) - This grass-like plant forms a clump of leafless cylindrical stems 2 to 3 ft. tall with small spikes of flowers at the top in summer. It spreads by runners at a moderate rate, preferring saturated soil to shallow water in full sun. It dies down in winter storing energy in underground tubers. Best growth is in warm water over fertile soil. This is the crunchy water chestnut of Chinese cuisine, which is not actually a "nut" but a vegetable as the edible part are the small rounded corms that grow in the mud at the base of the plant. These corms have crispy white flesh and are eaten raw or cooked - even cooked they remain crisp which has made them very popular in Chinese stir fry dishes.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Eleocharis dulcis.
 
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