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Marcus, Joseph A.
Echinodorus cordifolius (L.) Griseb.
Creeping burrhead, Lance-leaf Burhead, Radican Sword "Giant Mother Plant"
Synonym(s): Echinodorus radicans
USDA Symbol: ecco3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Another plant in the Water-Plantain Family, with blossoms resembling those of the arrowhead, grows under similar conditions: the burhead grows to 4 feet high and is often arched or lying on the ground.
Members of the Water-Plantain Family grow in water, in swamps, on muddy banks, or occasionally in wet sand. Each plant has long-petioled leaves in a clump with a flowering stem rising among them. The flowers have 3 green sepals, 3 white or pink-tinged petals, 6 or more stamens, and several pistils. Stamens and pistils may be in separate flowers.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, VA Native Habitat: In
mud and shallow water of ponds and quiet streams in East Texas. Sand, loam, or clay; moist soil or submerged in water.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
High Light Requirement:
Shade Soil Moisture:
Wet Soil Description:
Southern USA & MexicoCan be cultivated in a frost-free garden pond. This plant has a thick rhizome
& dense root system. In
an aquarium setting is best kept in a poor medium & low light to assure it remains submersed Conditions Comments:
A pond plant with delicate white flowers atop arching stalks, burhead is suitable to use in ponds or containers. It blooms steadily through the summer.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff, TMH, JSC