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Hippuris vulgaris (Common mare's-tail)
Weyand, Phyllis

Hippuris vulgaris

Hippuris vulgaris L.

Common Mare's-tail

Hippuridaceae (Mare's-Tail Family)


USDA Symbol: HIVU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Emergent aquatic, stems up to about 3 feet long.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NM , NV , NY , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Habitat: Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hippuris vulgaris in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hippuris vulgaris in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hippuris vulgaris


Record Modified: 2023-04-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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