Nymphoides aquatica (J.F. Gmel.) Kuntze
Big floatingheart, Floating hearts
Menyanthaceae (Buck-bean Family)
USDA Symbol: nyaq
A water-lily-like plant with floating, heart-shaped leaves on long stalks, with a flat-topped cluster of small, white flowers rising just below the leaf blade.
The genus name refers to the plants resemblance to the Water-lily genus Nymphaea. However, its clusters of small, white flowers with only 5 petals make it quite different from the single-flowered, many-petaled Water-lilies. Another floating hearts species (N. cordata), with smaller, green leaves mottled with purple above and smooth beneath, occurs from Newfoundland to Florida, west to Louisiana, and north to Ontario. An introduced, yellow-flowered species is established in the South; it has also been found in the Hudson River Valley of New York, in Missouri, and Rhode Island.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Flower: Flowers 1/2 inch
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Southern New Jersey to Florida; west to Texas.
Native Habitat: Still water
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Any pond bottom
BenefitUse Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Bog or pond area, Water garden
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Nymphoides aquatica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nymphoides aquatica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nymphoides aquatica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff