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Ludwigia alternifolia (Seedbox)
Martin, Edwin M.

Ludwigia alternifolia

Ludwigia alternifolia L.


Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)

Synonym(s): Ludwigia alternifolia var. linearifolia, Ludwigia alternifolia var. pubescens, Ludwigia alternifolia var. typica

USDA Symbol: LUAL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A many-branched, smooth-stemmed plant with 1 short-stalked, yellow flower in each upper leaf axil.

The few other species of seedboxes in the East have sessile leaves. Seedboxes are mostly wetland plants and bear distinctive, box-like fruit, square on top and filled with many seeds. Other members of the genus do not have such fruit.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: Ontario; Massachusetts and New York south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Native Habitat: Swamps and wet soil.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Sandy


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA
Toadshade Wildflower Farm - Frenchtown, NJ

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ludwigia alternifolia in USDA Plants
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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