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Products > Plants - Browse By Plant Category > Aquatic Plant > Alisma plantago-aquatica
 
Alisma plantago-aquatica - Mud Plantain

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Alismataceae (Water Plantains)
Origin: Northern Hemisphere
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Aquatic
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Alisma plantago-aquatica (Aquatic) (Mud Plantain) - Common water-plantain is a stout aquatic herb with elongated pointed leaves, which may be rounded at the base. The pinkish-white flowers are borne on a greatly branching inflorescence, and open in the afternoon each day . The curvature of the ribs on the leaves of water plantain was one of the inspirational natural features used by John Ruskin in the development of his theories on gothic architecture; he claimed that they were models of 'divine proportion'. This low maintenance plant can be used for water, bog and pond gardens, or stream margins. Fruits and tubers are a good source of food for wild life. Foliage may cause skin irritation. Hardy in zones 5-10. We grew this plant unitl 2007 but determined it too weedy and discontinued production.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We also try to incorporate comments received from others and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have 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 Alisma plantago-aquatica.
 
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