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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Nymphoides aquatica (J.F. Gmel.) Kuntze
Big floatingheart, Floating hearts
USDA Symbol: nyaq
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers 1/2 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
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 USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff