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Marcus, Joseph A.
Echinodorus cordifolius (L.) Griseb.
Creeping burrhead, Lance-leaf Burhead, Radican Sword "Giant Mother Plant"
USDA Symbol: ecco3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff, TMH, JSC